Facebook rolls out Instant Articles, a bid to make its app a one-stop shop for news

instantFacebook is about to become a source of more than cute cat photos and viral videos.

Today, the social network confirmed a long-rumored plan to begin hosting articles from news publications directly on its pages.

The partnership, which Facebook calls Instant Articles, is the culmination of months of negotiation between publishers and the social networking giant.

At the start, Facebook is partnering with nine media partners: The New York Times, BuzzFeed, The Atlantic, National Geographic, NBC News, The Guardian, BBC News, and German papers Bild and Der Spiegel.

Instant Articles from the aforementioned publications will initially only be viewable on Facebook’s iOS app, but the company says an update for Android is in the works.  More