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Yahoo's reworked mobile app is all about sharing news

Yahoo Newsroom has you following and commenting on the topics of the day.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
October 4, 2016
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When you're browsing your Facebook feed (or Flipboard, or Reddit), you probably spend at least some time reading, sharing and commenting on the latest news. What if there was an app dedicated just to that? Yahoo is giving it a shot. It's relaunching its core mobile app as Yahoo Newsroom, which focuses on following news "Vibes" like politics or sports, sharing stories in those threads (from anywhere on the web) and commenting on them. The more Vibes you follow and the more you interact, the more personalized your feed becomes.

Newsroom should be available today for Android and iOS alike. And in case you're wondering: yes, Yahoo believes its app has an advantage over Facebook and other social networks. You can say what you like "free from social pressure," Yahoo says. That is an advantage if you're worried about judgmental (or simply uninterested) friends, although there is a concern that you may end up in an echo chamber where you only discuss a narrow range of subjects with like-minded contributors. Still, this beats rival custom news apps where you're rarely more than a passive reader.

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