Austrian Thomas Marban has created the grandaddy of all news aggregation websites. Called simply PopUrls.com (Popular URLs), Marban's site is a single page which continuously pulls headlines from 19 other information aggregation sites -- including still and video pictures and audio. It puts all the headlines on one page -- all hotlinked. The site went live in March 2006 and it's traffic is also exceeding most of the underlying aggregators.
The design of PopUrls is brilliant. There's two flavors, black on white or white on black. Function drives form, buttons are minimal. It feels like a well-designed command post for a concise debriefing.
-- Kevin Kelly, Wired Magazine analyst
A Times of London reviewer wrote on March 31, 2006:
"The terrible toil of searching for interesting new links and web pages has been eased by bookmarking sites like digg.com. But if you still get the sneaking suspicion that you are missing out on the current web buzz then you should head to www.popurls.com. It is the links and nothing but the links, collating the front pages of the most popular bookmarking, video and photo sites."
Tony Waltham, April 19, 2006 in the Bangkok Post: "Mashups can be so simple and yet so powerful. Take Popurls (popurls.com), which starts with the top weblog and news aggregators, then adds the most popular images and video from Flickr and YouTube, putting them all on one busy, buzzy page."