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Google kills Currents, launches a Flipboard-style Newsstand with support for newspaper paywalls

on November 22, 2013

Gigaom

    Apple (s aapl) is no longer the only mobile platform with a digital Newsstand: Google (s goog) said on Wednesday that it is launching a one-stop Android shop for magazine, newspaper and blog content called Google Newsstand, an app created by merging Currents — the Flipboard-style magazine app it first launched in 2011 — with its existing Google Play magazine store. The company says the app will offer more than 1,900 free and paid content sources.

    In addition to the magazine partners it already had through Currents, Google is adding subscription-only newspaper providers like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal to the Newsstand app. Google Play director of product management Scott Dougall said users will be able to import accounts they already have with those outlets, and will also be able to click and subscribe to other news-content providers such as the Financial Times from within the…

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