Reuters updated its iPad app today to include Facebook sharing in addition to the already existing email and Twitter sharing. The app also added its first non-English news channel; in Mandarin Chinese, and focused on China news.
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The app now has five regional channels, the other four being the US, Canada, UK, India (in English), along with China. Unfortunately, the China edition doesn’t include China-specific videos as well, but the “Currencies” and “Markets” sections do have Chinese labels, which is a nice touch.
Kind of a funny side note – stories in the Chinese section of the app don’t include the option to share to Facebook or Twitter, just email, in what we’re guessing is a subtle nod to the Great Firewall of China – i.e. the Chinese government’s Internet censoring – as both services are mostly unavailable in China without using a VPN or other work-around. That said, there are certainly Mandarin speakers around the world that have full access to both services, so we’re a little confused why Reuters would omit these sharing options, unless it is just a case of the developers of the app haven’t gotten around to it yet.
At any rate, nice improvements to what was already one of our favorite mainstream news apps.