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mobile applications

This morning we were hit with a 4.4 magnitude earthquake in LA that woke and unsettled many, including myself. Instantly using the iPhone for earthquake news, I first checked the LA Times app, then the New York Times one. No reports yet. I then thought of checking the Facebook app, anxious to hear any news, which instantly showed a stream of updates from friends about the earthquake.

We’ve all been reading about the competition between Facebook and Google Buzz, Facebook and Twitter – the list goes on. However, we haven’t given much thought to Facebook vs. news sources such as the NYT or the LA Times.

Obviously Facebook and news sources fulfill different information-giving roles, however, as digital is progressively becoming a large part of our personal lives, it seems that news apps could integrate a social news function to receive news updates from our friends as well. And vice versa, Facebook could serve the latest breaking news.

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