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After a “legal spat” with Pocket, Poche has been renamed to Wallabag

Poche has been renamed to Wallabag.

If Poche is a new on one you, it is an Open Source read-later application competing with non-free versions like Pocket and Instapaper. It is developed by Nicolas Lœuillet, a French developer.

A read-later application makes it easy to keep track of articles you find on the Internet that you would like to read later. Like it’s non-free competitors, Poche has a hosted service, but unlike them, it can be self-hosted.

On January 23 (2014), the developer received a letter from a law firm representing the company behind Pocket. The problem: Trademark infringement. You see, poche is a French translation of pocket.

That trademark infringement letter set off a series of open exchanges between Nicholas and Nate Weiner, the CEO and founder of Pocket. You can read the exchanges here and here.

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Long story short, Nicholas had to rename Poche. The new name is Wallabag, a name derived from wallaby, a common name for kangaroo-like animals found in Australia and New Guinea. And so the domain name was changed from http://www.inthepoche.com to http://www.wallabag.org. Aside from the name change, Nicholas also made the decision to put Wallabag (formerly Poche) under the management of Framasoft, a French outfit that promotes Open Source projects. You can read more about the name change here.

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Like ownCloud, Poche or Wallabag is an application that I planned to install on my server, but I think I’ll just opt for the hosted service. I haven’t signed up yet, but if you wish, you may register here.

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