News application Pulse announced today that it’s launching Local, a new category that allows users to easily discover what’s going on around them, including news, sports, food and deals. Pulse local “will always keep you in the know.”
Pulse Local has partnered with Patch, and affords users access to local knowledge in hundreds of communities. It also include CBS Local News, keeping users current on breaking news, sports, traffic and weather. Flavorpill keeps local events organized.
As for Local’s new “deals” category, Pulse has partnered with Groupon, Living Social and Gilt City. For all things sports, Local includes feeds from SBNation, Bleacher Report, CBS Sports and others. Zagat covers local food offerings.
As of last week, BBC News content is also available with Pulse, and is currently in its Featured Section.
According to the Pulse website, the company was “founded in May 2010 by Ankit Gupta and Akshay Kothari, two Stanford graduate students as part of a course at the Institute of Design. The inspiration for Pulse was borne out of their frustration with the news reading experience on mobile devices. Pulse has been selected as one of 50 apps in Apple’s App Store Hall of Fame and named one of TIME’s top 50 iPhone apps of 2011.”