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Facebook rumored to be developing a Flipboard-like news Reader

Posted By Briley Kenney On June 24, 2013 @ 12:30 PM In World Wide Web | No Comments

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]]

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[1] Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Facebook-rss_feeds-in-code.jpg

[2] Digg’s new service: http://digg.com/reader

[3] Tom Waddington: http://tom.waddington.me/blog/2013/06/13/facebook-rss-to-replace-google-reader/

[4] Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424127887323998604578563853135203858-lMyQjAxMTAzMDIwMzEyNDMyWj.html

[5] Mashable: http://mashable.com/2013/06/24/facebook-flipboard-reader/

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