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November 17, 2011

BreakingNews, the fastest source of breaking news on the web, today unveiled a United Kingdom edition of BreakingNews in partnership with MSN. BreakingNews.com and MSN UK rolled out a redesigned news section that will publish coverage around the clock, with a new focus on real-time news in the United Kingdom.

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BreakingNews combines editorial expertise and the latest technology into a Twitter-like stream of real-time updates, curated around the clock, from hundreds of news sources and verified eyewitness accounts in social media.  BreakingNews.com is produced by the same team that powers the popular @breakingnews account on Twitter (http://twitter.com/breakingnews) and the BreakingNews Facebook page (www.facebook.com/breakingnews).  The BreakingNews UK team of journalists, based in London, launched a new Twitter account, @breakingnewsUK, which complements @breakingnews with UK-focused updates.

“From the riots to the News of the World scandal, the UK has experienced a tremendous amount of breaking news this year,” said Cory Bergman, Director, BreakingNews.  “Our London team will help strengthen BreakingNews' overall global coverage, including the European debt crisis and continuing unrest in the Middle East and North Africa.”

BreakingNews.com users can tip the editorial team around the clock by submitting links to Tweets, YouTube clips and photo sharing services. Users can also see which stories are popular at any given moment, calculated in part by how quickly stories are being shared and clicked on Twitter and Facebook.

News organizations in the UK that frequently break original stories can add #breaking and @breakingnews to their tweets to inform the BreakingNews UK editorial team about their news, moments after the tweet is sent.  More than 160 publishers have shared tips about their exclusive stories and latest news, which allows the Breaking News team to share the story and credit that news organization faster.

MSN UK is BreakingNews’ first editorial distribution partnership.

About BreakingNews

BreakingNews brings you the biggest stories as they happen, 24 hours a day, from hundreds of news and eyewitness sources across the globe. We’re a startup inside msnbc.com, but we’re a fully independent, agnostic news organization.

BreakingNews is headquartered in Seattle, Wash., and we also have editors based in New York and London. Our editors scan wire services, social media, websites and mobile apps to discover breaking news as soon as it breaks. Once we find it, we publish the information with attribution and links back to the original source on BreakingNews.com, our three mobile apps, @breakingnews on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and several other social media channels.

We’ve partnered with more than 160 news organizations who tip us to their exclusives and news breaks. This allows us to share the news and credit them faster. We also encourage contributions from our community, made up of users who help us “spot” news, photos and videos from social and local media.

Stay on top of the news wherever you are by downloading our free apps for iPhone, Android, or the Windows Phone 7.

Media Contact
Gina Stikes
212.664.7403
Gina.Stikes@msnbc.com

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