Google's new app has a questionable purpose: Letting anyone be a reporter

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Google has announced a new app, "Bulletin," that it says is specifically designed to let anyone contribute "hyperlocal stories" about their community, such as someone spotting a car accident or smoldering, dry brush.

But Bulletin isn't available to everyone just yet. In fact, it's quite limited. Google says the app will first run as a "pilot project" in Nashville, Tennessee and Oakland, California. Those interested in using the app can apply for access from Google on the Bulletin site.

Google seems to recognize the somewhat delicate reality of anyone being able to share news (or bogus information) to others — which is one obvious reason for the careful rollout.

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