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Facebook Reader rumoured to be taking cues from Flipbook, targeting mobile

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Those rumours of a Facebook RSS reader just won't die, and now we're hearing more about what the anticipated Google Reader replacement may look like.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook's app will be primarily targeting mobiles and tablets, and will takes its design cues from Flipboard with a similar stylish way of aggregating articles.

Facebook has reportedly given its project the super unimaginative and not-so-secret codename of "Reader", with Mark Zuckerberg himself said to be working on the project.

Flipping heck

Facebook is said to have been working for over a year on its news reading app, meaning the wheels were in motion before Google announced it was to close doors on Google Reader.

Facebook's recent addition of hashtags also added to speculation that it was moving into trending news territory. However, we've no idea as to when (or if) Facebook will unleash its news collector.

But with Google Reader is set to shut down on July 1, it may not be long until Facebook answers the cries of RSS fans who suddenly find themselves searching for an alternative in a terrifying world of non-aggregated news.

Hugh Langley is the ex-News Editor of TechRadar. He had written for many magazines and websites including Business Insider, The Telegraph, IGN, Gizmodo, Entrepreneur Magazine, WIRED (UK), TrustedReviews, Business Insider Australia, Business Insider India, Business Insider Singapore, Wareable, The Ambient and more.


Hugh is now a correspondent at Business Insider covering Google and Alphabet, and has the unfortunate distinction of accidentally linking the TechRadar homepage to a rival publication.