Wednesday, May 08, 2013, 03:21 pm PT (06:21 pm ET)
Pulse newsreader updated with LinkedIn integration, one-tap read later supportIn its first update after being purchased by LinkedIn for $90 million, Pulse on Wednesday showed the first signs of integration with the networking site by baking in the ability to share stories with a user's professional network.
Pulse was acquired by LinkedIn in April as the professional networking site looks to push further into generated content. At the time it was unclear exactly how the company planned to leverage the newsreader, but today's update gives a peek as to what direction Pulse may be headed.
Although the version change to 3.1 brings only two enhancements sharing stories with a user's professional network on LinkedIn and one-tap saving of stories the mere integration with LinkedIn reveals that Pulse will be used as a content circulator of sorts.
"We believe LinkedIn can be the definitive professional publishing platform where all professionals come to consume content and where publishers come to share their content," LinkedIn's head of product and user experience Deep Nishar said when the company first acquired Pulse.
The addition of one tap saving and sending stories to Pocket, Evernote and Instapaper will be a welcome feature addition for many users, with saved assets now sent to all services activated in the settings menu. As "save to" selections have moved from the "send to" menu, the button now brings up a dedicated sharing menu with hooks into LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Users can also choose to share stories via email and SMS.
Major functionality aside, the app received some minor user interface tweaks and bug fixes.
Pulse is a 33.8MB free app available now from the App Store.
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