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WE'VE REINVENTED BREAKING NEWS AROUND YOU

A PERSONAL NEWS ALERT SERVICE

Have you ever said, "That's not breaking news!?" Sometimes it feels like everything is breaking news these days, screaming for your attention. So we've created new tools to let you control the breaking stories you want to see:


ALERT?

Alert any topic. Whatever you want, whenever it happens. You'll know as soon as we hit the publish button. Receive push alerts for your city, your state, your country, your team, your weather, or even just that one story you can't stop thinking about (iOS and Android only).


MUTE?

Mute any topic. One touch and it's gone. Hide stories that annoy you or are just clogging up your feed. If you have any particular aversions (Justin Bieber, anyone?), search for the topic and mute it proactively. See, didn't that feel good?


SAVE?

Save topics. Sometimes you just want to refer to it later. Save topics you want to track, and we'll keep them in a handy list. We'll make sure you see those items in your stream, too, by making them just a bit more noticeable.


WHOA!

Share your reaction with Whoa! Press that button when a story surprises you, or catches you off guard. As you “Whoa” updates in real-time, you help power a list of the most surprising stories, photos and videos at the bottom of the feed.

Everything is still vetted by our team: the fastest, most accurate, and most neutral team of breaking news professionals in the world. Our editors in New York, London and Seattle discover the news as soon as it happens, wherever it happens. Look for our "editors on duty" at the top of the site or app to see who's bringing you the news.

BREAKING NEWS APPS

iPhone + iPad app

Find out first with Breaking News. Our custom news alerts put you in charge. Mute topics you don’t care for.

10 million people rely on our social media coverage, and now with our free app you can:

  • Get lightning-fast updates from news sources around the globe
  • Set custom news alerts with a tap of your finger
  • Mute stories you don't want on the fly
  • Save topics for later viewing
  • Get reliable coverage from the same editors that power @breakingnews
  • See verified eyewitness photos and videos from breaking events
  • See where the news is happening on a map (on supported devices)
  • Get updates up front in a home screen widget (on supported devices)
  • Share when a story surprises you by tapping the 'Whoa!' button
  • Alert your friends over Twitter, Facebook, text and email
  • Set a quiet time to avoid push notifications while you're sleeping
  • Do everything with no registration required

Show screenshots for: iPhone | iPad

  • iPhone Home
  • iPhone Alerts
  • iPhone Mute
  • iPhone Whoa

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Android app

Find out first with Breaking News. Our custom news alerts put you in charge. Mute topics you don’t care for.

10 million people rely on our social media coverage, and now with our free app you can:

  • Get lightning-fast updates from news sources around the globe
  • Set custom news alerts with a tap of your finger
  • Mute stories you don't want on the fly
  • Save topics for later viewing
  • Get reliable coverage from the same editors that power @breakingnews
  • See verified eyewitness photos and videos from breaking events
  • See where the news is happening on a map (on supported devices)
  • Get updates up front in a home screen widget (on supported devices)
  • Share when a story surprises you by tapping the 'Whoa!' button
  • Alert your friends over Twitter, Facebook, text and email
  • Set a quiet time to avoid push notifications while you're sleeping
  • Do everything with no registration required
  • Android: Home
  • Android: Alert
  • Android: Mute
  • Android: Whoa

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Android + Kindle Fire app

Find out first with Breaking News. Our custom news alerts put you in charge. Mute topics you don’t care for.

10 million people rely on our social media coverage, and now with our free app you can:

  • Get lightning-fast updates from news sources around the globe
  • Set custom news alerts with a tap of your finger
  • Mute stories you don't want on the fly
  • Save topics for later viewing
  • Get reliable coverage from the same editors that power @breakingnews
  • See verified eyewitness photos and videos from breaking events
  • See where the news is happening on a map (on supported devices)
  • Get updates up front in a home screen widget (on supported devices)
  • Share when a story surprises you by tapping the 'Whoa!' button
  • Alert your friends over Twitter, Facebook, text and email
  • Set a quiet time to avoid push notifications while you're sleeping
  • Do everything with no registration required
  • Kindle: Home
  • Kindle: Alert
  • Kindle: Mute
  • Kindle: Whoa

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Windows Phone

Breaking News tells you what’s happening right now, straight from the source. See breaking stories appear in real-time, verified by the same journalists who power @BreakingNews on Twitter.

  • WP7 Home
  • WP7 Item
  • WP7 Topics
  • WP7 My Topics
  • WP7 Map

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Windows 8

Breaking News tells you what’s happening right now, straight from the source. See breaking stories appear in real-time, verified by the same journalists who power @BreakingNews on Twitter.

Features:

  • Scan the latest updates in seconds from news sources across the globe
  • Get 4X more updates than @breakingnews on Twitter
  • Watch updates refresh at the top automatically
  • Share stories using the windows 8 sharing charms
  • Windws 8 Home
  • Windows 8 snapped view

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Samsung Smart TV

Stay on top of the news with the Breaking News app for Samsung TV. Breaking News brings you stories in real-time, straight from the source, verified by the same journalists who power @BreakingNews on Twitter.

There's no faster source of reliable news alerts, and you can choose between a news ticker, full screen mode, or notifications that pop in/out of whatever you're watching.

  • Samsung TV Home
  • Samsung TV Screen
  • Samsung TV Overlay
  • Samsung TV Setup

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ABOUT BREAKING NEWS

What's Breaking News?

We bring you the biggest breaking stories as they happen, 24 hours a day. Our experienced, caffeinated journalists scour the planet for breaking news, quickly sifting out unconfirmed reports and duplicate stories. We boil it down to a reliable, real-time feed that focuses on just what's new. No need to keep refreshing; updates appear automatically, and you can find us on just about every web, mobile and social channel available.

We're best known for our @breakingnews Twitter feed, but our mobile and tablet apps are popular for customizable coverage and lightning-fast push alerts. Over on BreakingNews.com, we publish a full firehose of breaking updates. You can also find us on Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, and Instagram.

Why we do what we do

In today's social media world, breaking news is everywhere. From thousands of news organizations to millions of "accidental journalists" armed with smart phones, breaking stories are screaming for your attention every minute of the day. It's increasingly hard to keep track of it all—and know what's real. Our goal is to make breaking news matter again, instantly alerting you of the stories you need and want to know. No screaming, no fluff, no rumors—just news.

How we do it

We've surrounded ourselves with computer screens and custom tools to help us discover and verify breaking news quickly. We also depend on an awesome community of nearly 300 news organizations that tip our editors via Twitter hashtags. As news organizations and eyewitnesses break original stories, we link them directly, sending an average of 200K clicks a day. We're a social media wire that gives credit where credit is due.

We also need your tips, too. If you see a breaking story—for example, on Twitter or YouTube—click "Submit a link" ( ) next to the editors on duty at the top of BreakingNews.com to alert our editors.

Who are you?

We're a group of dozen or so journalists and technologists who work in Seattle, New York, London and Los Angeles. We believe the future of news is to solve problems for people, and we've started an unprecedented company to do just that. We're part of NBC News Digital, but we're a standalone, agnostic startup that thrives on bringing journalism and technology together in new and innovative ways.

Aaron Edwards

Aaron Edwards

Editor

New York

Ben Tesch

Ben Tesch

Creative Director

New York

Christian Metts

Chris Matsumoto

Developer

Los Angeles

Christian Metts

Christian Metts

Developer

Seattle

Cory Bergman

Cory Bergman

General Manager

Seattle

David Wyllie

David Wyllie

Editor

London

Grace Johnson

Grace Johnson

Editor

New York

Jillian Stampher

Jillian Stampher

Editor

Seattle

John Jacecko

John Jacecko

Developer

Los Angeles

Lauren McCullough

Lauren McCullough

Editor

New York

Martin McClellan

Martin McClellan

Designer

Seattle

Stephanie Clary

Stephanie Clary

Editor

Seattle

Tom Brew

Tom Brew

Editorial Director

Seattle

Zoya Ali

Zoya Ali

Developer

Seattle

For behind-the-scenes accounts from our team, check out our blog and @breaking Twitter account. And drop us a note anytime.

Our history

The Twitter account @breakingnews was launched by Michael Van Poppel in 2007, and the Msnbc Interactive Network took over the handle in a deal with Van Poppel's BNO News in 2009. Over the next couple years, a small team inside Msnbc Interactive expanded real-time coverage to BreakingNews.com, mobile apps and new social channels. The team grew into a standalone startup called Breaking News, which was part of NBC’s acquisition of Msnbc Interactive in 2012. Today, Breaking News is part of the NBC News Digital Network.

PARTNERS

“Breaking News drives 200,000 clicks a day to original breaking stories”

Breaking News is a real-time news service that strives to reward publishers for breaking original stories. Our editors monitor hundreds of global news sources and social media for the first, original instance of a breaking report. Once we've discovered and verified a story, we publish a short update with a link, crediting the originator.

We began on Twitter as @breakingnews, which is now the most retweeted news Twitter account in the world. We've grown into a large distribution network spanning mobile apps, BreakingNews.com, social services and partners like MSN and NBC News. Together, Breaking News drives 200,000 clicks a day to original breaking stories, not to mention a burst of social followers and big SEO stake in the ground. In today's world of "over aggregation," Breaking News helps news organizations stay ahead of the stories they break.

By becoming a Breaking News tipster, newsrooms and journalists can fast-track stories to our editorial team, increasing the odds we spot an original breaking story. So far, over 300 news organizations are participating including TV networks, local stations, wire services and newspapers large and small.

How does it work?

It starts with adding your Twitter account. To request to join our tipping program, please drop us a note with your name, email and news organization's Twitter handle. We're approving news organizations and journalists with a track record of covering breaking news that's of interest to a regional, national or global audience. Individual journalists may qualify if they're breaking news firsthand (as opposed to curating breaking news from others.)

Once you're whitelisted, just include #breaking, #breakingnews or @breakingnews anywhere in a breaking news tweet:

The same also applies for any mention of the #AmberAlert or #SilverAlert hashtag in a tweet.

Within two minutes, your tweet will be in front of our editors, who are at the helm 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, watching for incoming tips for stories to promote to our main publishing channels. Items from our tipping partners are elevated over the thousands of tweets, wire updates, email alerts, RSS updates and video feeds we monitor.

What kind of breaking stories?

We're looking for original breaking news stories with regional or greater interest. We try to avoid truly local news stories, and we're careful to not favor one news organization over another. During a big story, we publish a higher volume of updates, including links to live video coverage, social media photos and YouTube clips. We avoid opinion pieces, features and most investigative stories (unless it's breaking news itself.)

Our goal is to identify the first instance of the story, although in reality, sometimes we publish the first original instance of the story that we see. This is why the tipster program is important for publishers to jump above the fray.

Where are the links published?

If a story is selected by our editors, it's published on BreakingNews.com and our mobile apps (iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone). Larger stories may also be published on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Tumblr, Flipboard, Google Currents and other social services. The biggest stories are simultaneously published everywhere across the Breaking News network, including a push alert on our mobile apps.

On average day, we send 200,000 referrals to news organization and social services. However, identifying these referrals can be tricky due to the diverse nature of our network. If you see big burst of traffic from Twitter or an unknown source, that may have originated from any one of Breaking News social accounts or our apps, respectively.

Who is Breaking News?

We're a separate startup inside the NBC News Digital Network with offices in Seattle, New York, London. Despite our affiliation with NBC News, we're staunchly agnostic, working with editorial partners of all shapes and sizes. Our experienced team has worked for the AP, Mashable, Seattle Times, Minnesota Public Radio, msnbc.com, ITV and NBC News.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to drop us a note.

BLOG

If you're interested in how we do our work, you'll be interested in our blog. Read more on blog.breakingnews.com

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