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Flipboard was already making headlines today after finally adding the option to sign into the Android app with Google+. But it looks like they'll soon have a lot more headlines to choose from, namely the ones that constantly appear on CNN.com. Flipboard announced this morning that the company will be partnering with the venerable TV and web news service, bringing both standard and international news to the platform with featured channels. Three "magazines" (read: periodic blog updates) will also be featured, from personalities Jake Trapper, Fareed Zakaria, and John King.

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But wait, there's more! In an undeniably linked deal, Flipboard has also purchased Zite from CNN. Zite is a competing magazine-style news service that also repackages Internet posts into easy-to-read and easy-to-share feeds, very much like Flipboard itself. Zite, Inc. is - or was - a subsidiary of CNN. According to Flipboard's company blog post, the acquisition was made to improve the former's personal news recommendations. The Flipboard and Zite development teams will be merged.

Over on the Zite blog, co-founder Mike Klass confirms that the separate Zite app will be going away eventually, though it will be sticking around for at least the next six months. The company is hoping to offer Zite users a way to import their data into Flipboard as the parent company's app incorporates more of Zite's features.

Source: Flipboard, Zite

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Rahul Srivastava

    Used to love Zite, used it more then Flipboard.
    Bummed that it'll eventually go away.

  • netplayground

    Everyday I use Zite. It's clean .. fast ... and is the easiest to quickly scan through individual sources depending on that day's interests.

    Flipboard and I never got along ... and when I found out it was a zombie app (one that you can never uninstall or kill because it was pre-installed on my Galaxy S3 and keeps returning from the dead asking for updates) ... it strengthened my resolve to never use it.

  • My name is….

    ΝΟΟΟΟΟΟΟΟΟΟΟΟΟΟΟΟΟΟΟΟΟΟ

    Im using Zite like crazy, it was fast, clean, excellent....

    I dont want me no Flipboard.......

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Guess you'll have to swtich over to Feedly now

      • My name is….

        Is it working with keywords?
        I dont follow particular sites but topics.

        For example, im interested in 'android' and 'windows phone'

        Zite did a hell of a job to bring me news based on topics.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Well feedly allows to search by actual resource name, category and hashtagged topics, so I guess yeah

          • My name is….

            I dont like it.
            You can search by hashtag, but you can only add sites to your feed and not the hashtag itself.....

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    "The company is hoping to offer Zite users a way to import their date into Flipboard".

    But... but... I don't have a date. Is Zite going to hook me up with someone?

  • http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/4851011/ bodotdot

    I use Zite every day because it "learns" from my feedback--Thumbs Up means I get more of the same type of article. I've never used Flipboard--does it "learn" in the same way?

  • LSH99

    I've enjoyed both of these apps for different reasons. Zite is very clean and relevant. Flipboard is more visually interesting for a change of pace. Interested to see the marriage here.

  • Yash Ostwal

    Sad! I liked zite more than flipboard and pulse

  • NK

    Zite content is awesome. The software was lame on Android tablets and rarely updated, but it was great on the iPad. The right balance of eye candy and content. I prefer it to Flipboard overall but hopefully Flipboard will improve a lot with this acquisition.

  • Sochi News

    Its very sad that Zite was has been sold to Flipboard. Zite was a nice app, where I was able to read articles I'm interested in. Flipboard is also a nice App, but there are too much articles I'm not interested in.

    Now I use Mynews.is. It's not exactly the same like Zite, but the technology convinced me a lot.

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