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Facebook rumored to be developing a Flipboard-like news Reader

Facebook rss_feeds in code [1]

Google Reader is almost gone, so the race to find a suitable alternative is on. Many folks are turning to Feedly, Flipboard, Pulse or even Digg’s new service [2]. If this next rumor turns out to be true, some folks may soon be turning to a new reader service from Facebook. Facebook has apparently been developing a Flipboard-like news reader for mobile devices according to “people with knowledge of the project.”

It was first reported by Tom Waddington [3], a developer who discovered the Facebook code alluding to RSS feeds, multiple entries and a list of current subscribers. The Wall Street Journal [4] is now backing Waddington’s claim with its recent publication.

Realistically, it makes a lot of sense for Facebook to offer a reader service especially since they introduced Home. Although, it’s unclear whether or not the Flipboard-like reader will be integrated into the native Facebook app or if it will be offered separately. I’m going to assume it’s going to be offered separately, or at least I sure hope it will. What about you?

Would you use a Facebook reader app or service in place of Google Reader? Have you found a suitable alternative? The Reader shutdown is in July, which is just around the corner. If you haven’t started looking elsewhere, you better start soon.

[via Mashable [5]]