Facebook launches news app 'Notify' in US

Facebook Inc yesterday launched its news app Notify for iPhone users in the United States. The app - which offers content from news sources such as Fox News, Washington Post and CBS Sports - allows user to share notifications directly from the lock screen.

Facebook's Notify app

The app features a list of broad news categories under 'stations', which carries content from specific news sources.

The company's app competes with Twitter Inc's recently launched service called Moments, which aims to provide a better way of curating and aggregating news content for users and help them follow live events.

Facebook had earlier tied up with nine news publishers to launch 'Instant Articles', which publishes their content directly to the social network's mobile news feeds.

The company's shares rose 1.7 percent to USD 109.7 in afternoon trading on the Nasdaq.

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