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Tom Baker writer
Tom Baker Staff Writer Derby, UK

Not yet resigned to the Hall of Failures, Facebook's news reader app – which was due to launch a few months ago but, um, didn't – could be poised to jump into an arena that's looking pretty deserted.

With Google unexpectedly shutting down Reader, its RSS collator, and several mooted replacements falling by the way side, this could be Facebook's time to strike.

Mark Zuckerberg has said he wants Facebook Reader to be like 'the best personalised newspaper in the world', and the rumoured plans seem to be pointing in that direction. Similar to the existing Flipboard, the Reader wouldn't be a Google-style collection of your favourite news sites to which you subscribe but instead all the most popular news stories of the day. Kind of like Buzzfeed, but more journalism, fewer cats.

Where else will it differ from Google's Reader? Well, it'll make money from ad revenue, supposedly. If it's a success, this could very well be the way a lot of kids – the ones who spend all their time on Facebook, at least – could be getting the majority of their news. Just the most popular stuff, with no regard for suitability – that's kind of worrying, isn't it?

⋆Obviously we don’t have an image of Facebook Reader yet, so enjoy the picture of a reader

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Matthew Day
Matthew Day A geek London, GB

"The best personalised newspaper in the world"? - That immediately makes me think of - capable of drawing from many sources, social networking as well as RSS, though the result can be a bit of a magical mystery tour.

To be honest, I've never actually done "RSS" as I find most feeds to be more miss than hit.

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