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News Republic launches its India edition

News Republic, the general news aggregator site with 1,200 content partnerships globally, launches of its India edition. The news of this launch was first reported by Live Mint

“The app was launched in China last month and India is the 11th market where we are starting our mobile news app,” Shafi Saxena, the San Francisco-based chief brand officer of News Republic told Live Mint recently.

News Republic, the general news aggregator site with 1,200 content partnerships globally, launches of its India edition. The news of this launch was first reported by Live Mint

“The app was launched in China last month and India is the 11th market where we are starting our mobile news app,” Shafi Saxena, the San Francisco-based chief brand officer of News Republic told Live Mint recently.

According to the report, Saxena was in India for the formal launch of the global news syndicator’s free apps—News Republic for general news and Appy Geek for tech news. The two brands, with 12 million active monthly users globally, are available in several markets in the US and Europe.

The apps will be available on smartphones (iPhone, Android and Windows), tablets and even on wearables (both Samsung and Apple watches). 

Globally, the company has content partnerships with media brands such as BBC, CNN, Reuters, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, The Huffington Post and Mashable. In India, it has already forged alliances with 29 media brands, including India Today, Hindustan Times, The New Indian Express, Aaj Tak, Swarajya magazine and Sportskeeda.com.

News Republic and Appy Geek publish 50,000 unique articles every day. “We are an aggregator, but we only carry content that we pay for. There are people who do not respect intellectual property, but we believe in a synergistic partnership,” Saxena was quoted in the report as saying. 

According to the report, the company does not plan to hire journalists in India as it is a syndicated news app. However, it has appointed a country director, Radhika Shukla, who will be supported by the global team initially.

Founded by a gaming expert of French origin, Gilles Raymond, in 2008, News Republic was rebranded by Saxena when she joined the firm 14 months ago. Today, it has two major offices in San Francisco and Bordeaux. 

The company raised $12 million in 2008 and will be raising another round soon.

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