Boxfish’s new TV guide iPad app is like crack for news junkies

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Forget social, forget check-ins, and don’t even think about TV shows on Netflix (s NFLX) or Hulu: Boxfish’s new iPad app, which went live in the Apple (s AAPL) App Store Tuesday, is taking a radically different approach to tell you what to watch. It’s squarely aiming at news junkies, sports fans and people obsessed with celebrity gossip – or anyone who wants to have fun flaking out in front of the TV.

Here is how it works: Boxfish takes the the closed captions from 3,600 cable and local broadcast stations all over the U.S. and indexes and analyses all this data in real time. The result is presented as a constantly updating stream of trends and topics – think Tweetdeck, but for live TV.

Boxfish presents updates from the world of sports, news, business and celebrity gossip by default as part of its live feed. It also surfaces trending…

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