March 11, 2010

The Msnbc Digital Network today announced the launch of www.facebook.com/breakingnews, a new Facebook page that delivers up-to-the-minute breaking stories from news sources across the globe.  Produced around the clock by the same team that powers the popular @breakingnews account on Twitter, the new Facebook page delivers the biggest breaking news stories in real-time.  By becoming fans of Breaking News, Facebook users can easily track the latest breaking events from dozens of sources, all in one place.

The Msnbc Digital Network is squarely targeting a new breed of news consumers who increasingly rely on real-time information.  In January, the Msnbc Digital Network acquired the domain name www.breakingnews.com.  The site now features a growing list of up-to-the-second headlines from multiple news sources, and it will continually evolve to meet hard news consumers’ expectations.  In December 2009, the Msnbc Digital Network assumed responsibility for @breakingnews, which delivers the fastest, most comprehensive feed of breaking news on Twitter to more than 1.6 million followers.  By adding breaking news capabilities to Facebook, the Msnbc Digital Network has expanded its integrated breaking news offerings to the largest social network on the web.

“People already use Facebook as a constant feed of news about friends, family and the world,” said Charlie Tillinghast, president of the Msnbc Digital Network.  “Since breaking newsboth informs and sparks vibrant discussions on the web, the immediacy of our comprehensive, real-time service is a natural addition to the Facebook community.”

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