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Get a jump on the news with Breaking News, the fastest source of reliable reporting in the world. Trusted by the largest newsrooms and governments, Breaking News surfaces stories in seconds -- even breaking stories near you, wherever you go.

Now you can join our global community and help people around you by sharing a tip when you see a breaking story.

Here's what you can do with the Breaking News app:

• Discover when news breaks 14 minutes ahead of other news apps on average
• See verified reporting from social media and hundreds of news sources
• Get just the alerts you want by following what's important to you
• NEW: Quickly tip people around you when you see news nearby
• NEW: See news and tips near you and avoid potential danger or delays
• Receive a proximity alert when a major story breaks near your location
• Watch live video from the scene of breaking stories
• Get inside guidance from our 24/7 editorial team
• Alert your friends over Facebook, Twitter, text and email
• See news, get alerts and share tips on your Apple Watch
• Do everything with no registration required!

"Indispensable" - The Verge
"The best app I have" - U.S. Senator John McCain
"Gold standard for news aggregation" - Fast Company
"Best apps to catch breaking news" - Wall Street Journal

If you have any issues or suggestions, please email us at and we'll get back to you right away.

What's New in Version 3.12.0

Breaking News has shut down operations as of December 31, 2016.

Thank you so much for using this service — knowing that we had passionate, engaged people relying on Breaking News made our hard work especially meaningful. Many of the features we implemented came directly from your feedback. Thank you.

In our six-year run we had the honor of being at the forefront of news, technology and public safety, always focused on verifiable news delivered as fast as humanly possible. Working together, we were building the news service that we, ourselves, always wanted — and so shutting it down means that we're looking to where we're going to get our news, too.

There will never be a perfect news product, but we hope the future will be full of attempts to make one. We'd love to see more startups, more experimentation, more investment, more long-shots into funding models, more doubling-down into technologies that will benefit journalists, users and the world.

We've lit up your screen, buzzed your pocket and reached out across the room with our three-note alert sound. We've told you about things you cared about (and some you didn't), and helped you feel more in touch with the world. We helped you find out first, giving you an edge and even helping keep you safe. We loved doing it. We're going to miss it. Thank you for being on the other end of that glowing screen.


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Customer Reviews

Shame on the suits at NBC

There was a time when the networks saw news as a public service and not a profit making enterprise. News was "in the public good" in a free and democratic society. Not any more, now the "news" such as it is, is filled with blather, empty celebrity gossip, network self advertisement in the guise of "news". Not to mention the proliferation of falsity (fake news) designed to manipulate the citizenry.

Here they held in their hand the cure, a diamond that they created that stood out heads above all competition. BreakingNews actually presented real news unencumbered by opinion or slant. It truly was a shining example to all other outlets what they should strive to emulate.

So what do the empty suits at NBC in all their wisdom do? Do they support this shining example of what the news should be? This armor against the manipulative proliferation of fake news. Do they hold up this torch against the encroaching darkness, for the public good? No! They shut it down!

It's been four days and I'm lost without it

There's no app that compares to The Breaking News App. Period. Not even NBC's poor app could compare. I've been without alerts and updates and I feel out of the loop. Pure information, no clickbait or BS or opinions or slants. This was the app that gave it to us, and there isn't another that can replace it.

A team of 20 people did the work that gave us the real news and I forever appreciate them. I find it interesting that they were fired and the app was ended and then a few days later we learn that Megyn Kelly is the network's new hire. This is gross and a shame.

We would gladly pay a subscription fee for the app, but getting the real information out there isn't the objective, is it?

Farewell to the Best News App

Breaking News was by far the best news app. It had an unbiased newsfeed and the push notifications from around the world were at least 20 minutes quicker than any other news app and accurate. There was also a very innovative local news section that allowed users to send tips of breaking news when it happened in their neighborhoods to notify the editors of the app so they would become aware of the news. Another great feature was the ability to mute or receive alerts from certain topics. It's disappointing to see that NBC has shut it down because the app wasn't earning enough revenue. I hope they reconsider their decision in the future.

Breaking News +
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
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  • Free
  • Category: News
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  • Version: 3.12.0
  • Size: 24.5 MB
  • Apple Watch: Yes
  • Languages: English, French
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You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Unrestricted Web Access
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References

Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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