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Flipboard fights Facebook Paper with update

Flipboard faithfuls this week will find a new look for Cover Stories—one that makes it easier to keep up with your favorite news, and skip everything else.

Rolling out over the next few days, the update allows users to organise stories by source, social network, and topic.

"Groupings make it easy to catch up with the highlights, skip what you don't want to read, and dive deeper when you want more," co-founder Evan Doll wrote in a blog post. "Use it as a starting point for everything you follow on Flipboard."

Users currently skim through a mish-mash of algorithmically generated Cover Stories as they would any other of the app's topics—without rhyme or reason, seeing articles from various news outlets and subjects.

This update, however, groups stories by source, like "News," "The New York Times," "Flipboard Picks," and "Bon Appetit," each with their own set of flipped articles. Tap the blue "More..." link at the bottom of the page to jump directly to a full feed.

The new Cover Stories is smart, too: Over time, it will feature more content from those sections you visit most often. And if you get sick of seeing pieces from The Atlantic, for example, just "mute" it to avoid future clutter.

Always learning, the app will eventually better organise and group stories inside other sections. "For example, in The Weekend, a Flipboard-curated magazine about things to see and do, articles are grouped into topics like 'Now in Theaters,' 'What's on TV,' 'Sports Weekend,' Sunday Reads,' and more," Doll explained. "We want to make it easy for you to get caught up with the best of Flipboard and discover hidden gems as well."

Flipboard's competition will head up next week, when social network giant Facebook launches Paper—a new hybrid reader that combines updates from family and friends with worldwide news.