Flipboard buys Zite from CNN to quash a rival

Flipboard, the magazine-style news reading app, is buying competitor Zite from CNN, the companies announced Wednesday.

The deal includes an advertising partnership between CNN and Flipboard, which will phase out Zite as a standalone app while adding the Zite recommendation technology into the Flipboard app. The majority of the Zite team, sans CEO Mark Johnson, will join Flipboard.

Neither CNN nor Flipboard would discuss the financial details of the purchase. CNN's news team is reporting that the deal is worth $60 million, but a CNN spokesman said, "While we're not sharing the terms of the deal, the … Read more

Review: Paper - Stories From Facebook

Facebook Creative Labs' debut release, Paper, aims to change the way you interact with Facebook on your phone. The app has removed the cumbersome buttons long associated with the original app and replaced them with a cleaner interface and a tacked-on newsreader. But will this be enough to bring fleeing users back to Facebook?


Stylish controls: Although Paper's swipe navigation is nothing new, it makes browsing your feed easy. Swipe left and right to navigate, swipe up to expand, and swipe down to collapse. It couldn't get any easier. Imagine Flipboard but with all the stories from … Read more

Facebook serves up Paper, a Flipboard-like reader app

Facebook on Thursday unveiled Paper, a Flipboard-like reader app, as it continues to broaden its mobile offerings.

Paper is made up of stories and themed sections, tying together your News Feed with other themes and topics ranging from sports to food, with stories from publications. It will be available in the US on Feb. 3 for iPhone users.

Paper is just the latest step in Facebook's strategy to push more into the mobile world. Beyond its core Facebook app and the Instagram photo-sharing service, it has steadily launched mobile products such as its Messenger app. During its earnings conference … Read more

Flipboard releases app for Windows 8.1

Flipboard is releasing a new app Thursday that will work on devices running Windows 8.1, including Microsoft's new Surface Pro 2.

The company designed the new app to take advantage of Windows 8's signature live tiles, and users can feature Flipboard as a live tile on their Windows Start screen. While the app appears to be aimed at tablet users, it will also work with Windows 8.1 desktops and laptops. The app is available for download at 4 p.m. PT, according to a Flipboard spokesperson.

Windows Phone users will have to wait a while longer. … Read more

Amazon offers Sunday delivery to some

CNET Update has a special delivery:

In this episode of Update:

- Get ready for Amazon packages to arrive on Sundays if you live in New York, Los Angeles and London. The program is expanding to more areas next year.

- Customize a Moto X smartphone for all major US carriers on the Moto Maker website. (But no word on the wood backplate options.)

- Learn what the Motorola may have in store with the Moto G, thanks to a leak on Amazon.

- Browse for gifts on Flipboard now that the app added a catalog feature.


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Flipboard expands into mobile commerce with catalog feature

Flipboard, the social magazine app for iOS and Android, is extending its feelers further into mobile commerce with a new catalogs category. The update, released Monday, allows companies and individual users to create specialized buying guides out of items found within Flipboard and on the Web. The guides can then be deposited into custom magazines with price tags and product info alongside active links to allow purchases.

Back in March, Flipboard -- which in September raised another $50 million on a $800 million valuation -- introduced its magazine-creating feature in its 2.0 update. That extended the app's curation … Read more

Flipboard, Instagram coming to Windows Phone (finally)

Tuesday at Nokia World, Nokia announced that a few of the most popular apps from iOS and Android -- Flipboard, Instagram, and Vine -- are at last coming to Windows Phone.

In total, Nokia showed off 23 new apps that are coming to Windows Phone. Those include photo social network Instagram, social news magazine app Flipboard, Twitter-owned video app Vine, and video editor Vyclone Pro. The Windows Phone app store will also get several new games, such as Temple Run 2, My Talking Tom, and FIFA 14.

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Flipboard enables gifs, top stories for iOS devices

Flipboard's Apple device users now can be as animated as their Android counterparts. The news magazine app added gifs support with its latest iOS update, the company announced Wednesday.

The company added support for the animated files for Android users alongside the launch of its Web-based version last month.

Flipboard also is trying out a new feature called Top Stories, which puts the newest and most popular content of the day in news, business, technology, and sports at the top of each section. It's an experiment that puts Flipboard more in line with what Twitter does well -- … Read more

Getting started with Flipboard on the Web

Flipboard, the app that lets you tap and flip your way through digital magazines on smartphones and tablets, has come to laptops and desktops. You can now access your Flipboard account from a Web browser, complete with the flip animation -- for better or worse. You can also use the Web app to create your own magazines to clip articles for later viewing via a bookmarklet. But the magazines you create are kept separate from the rest of Flipboard on the Web, which makes the Web app a better addendum to the mobile app than standalone product.

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So much for mobile only: Flipboard heads to the desktop

A Web-based version of Flipboard goes live on Tuesday, bringing the flipping motion loved by millions of users to the desktop and beyond.

The new app means anyone can view, share and "flip" Flipboard magazine content online, a vision that's much closer to the company's beginnings, according to founder Mike McCue.

"Being able to take all that and bring it to the desktop and go back to our earliest roots is kind of cool," he said as he showed off the sleek new Web app, which looks remarkably like Flipboard's existing mobile apps. … Read more