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March 11, 2010 at 16:16 PM EST
The Msnbc Digital Network Launches Breaking News on Facebook
Breaking News Consumers Can Get the Latest Updates in Real-Time Right From Their Facebook Pages

NEW YORK, March 11, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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 news both informs and sparks vibrant discussions on the web, the immediacy of our comprehensive, real-time service is a natural addition to the Facebook community."

About the Msnbc Digital Network

The Msnbc Digital Network is a collection of innovative and powerful news brands that deliver the most compelling, diverse and visually engaging stories on the consumer's platform of choice.  The world-class brands featured in the digital network include msnbc.com, TODAYshow.com, Nightly.msnbc.com, TV.MSNBC.com, NBCSports.com, Newsvine and EveryBlock.  The Msnbc Digital Network provides something for every news consumer with its comprehensive array of offerings that deliver the best in breaking news, original journalism, lifestyle features, commentary and local updates down to the block level.

CONTACT:  Msnbc Digital Network
          Media contact
          Gina Stikes
          212.664.7403
          Gina.stikes@msnbc.com

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