Facebook launches app that ‘fires news’ to smartphones

Notify helps keep iPhone users up to speed with media outlets serving up magazine stories and breaking news

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Facebook has released a Notify application designed to keep iPhone users up to speed on the latest news and entertainment happenings.

Notify debut with more than 70 “stations,” most of them media outlets serving up magazine stories or breaking news.

The list of Notify launch partners included Wired, Vogue, Vice, Time, Getty Images, CNN, ABC, and Comedy Central.

“Whether you’re into sports, celebrities, news, movies, music or shopping, Notify makes it easy to find notifications you’re into,” Facebook product manager Julian Gutman said in a blog post.

The Notify application was tailored for iPhones and available only in the United States, according to Facebook.

The release came just weeks after Facebook launched an Instant Articles feature on iPhones that speeds up the display of news stories shared by friends at the giant social network.

Launch partners for the feature included NBC News, The Atlantic, Slate, The New York Times, The Daily Mail, National Geographic, and the Washington Post.