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Flipboard's all about connecting you with local news in latest app update

Flipboard's all about connecting you with local news in latest app update

The next time you launch Flipboard, it'll ask you for a location permission. The developers have been working on creating more focused content for specific cities, seen through the app's lens of impeccable layout and interface. It should be live in the Play Store now, or swiftly coming to you in the form of an app update.

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Fire TV now has access to free local news in 12 cities

Fire TV now has access to free local news in 12 cities

Amazon's Fire TV platform offers plenty of entertainment options, and now the list is expanding to include content a little closer to home. The Fire TV news app is rolling out live and on-demand local news to 12 major cities across the nation.

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Facebook's 'Today In' local news feature is now available in more than 400 US cities

Facebook's 'Today In' local news feature is now available in more than 400 US cities

For better or worse, a lot of people get their news primarily from Facebook. The social network is aware of this, and earlier this year, started testing a feature called Today In, which brings curated local stories to users. The feature is apparently progressing well, as Facebook has announced that it's now available in more than 400 cities around the United States.

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Facebook vows to bump news stories from local sources higher up the news feed

Facebook vows to bump news stories from local sources higher up the news feed

There have been a few signs already this year that Facebook is maybe feeling the heat. Perhaps younger users are tending towards trendier, more dynamic forms of social media. Perhaps older users are tiring of such platforms altogether and going back to sending hand-written letters. Whatever the reason, Facebook understands that it needs to make some changes to keep its users coming back.

So far this year, the company has killed its unsuccessful virtual assistant, promised to clean up Messenger's act, and committed to making the Facebook news feed more personal. We knew even more changes were coming, and in a post yesterday CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that the next update would rank local news higher.

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AOL Releases Official Local Community News Service 'Patch' App To Android After Acquiring The Company Four Years Ago

AOL Releases Official Local Community News Service 'Patch' App To Android After Acquiring The Company Four Years Ago

Roughly four years ago, AOL bought a little company called Patch that focuses on local community news. More specifically, "everything you need to know about your town, from local government to school news to what to do with your family this weekend" according to Patch's homepage. Unfortunately it's not available in all areas (or even all states) so there are probably many users who haven't heard of the service (myself included).

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Those who have, however, will be happy to know that there's now an official Android app. According to the Play Store listing, the app "delivers a beautiful browsing experience to Android users, with an emphasis on simplicity."

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