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Microsoft Start is a unified brand for Microsoft's news service and a rebrand for MSN News and Microsoft News. The new name applies to all platforms, including the News apps on mobile.
Google has been fined a whopping €500 million ($592 million) in France for failing to reach an agreement with news agencies about how they will be compensated for their content being displayed.
Google has announced the launch of News Showcase in India. By partnering with over 30 Indian publishers, the company hopes to increase audience reach with adequate financial compensation.
Facebook News will launch in the U.K. in January 2021. The aim of the program is allow publishers to reach a wider audience coupled with a wide variety of advertisement and subscription offers.
The Mountain View firm has added a dedicated carousel for Web Stories to its Discover app on both Android and iOS. The feature is presently available in the U.S., Brazil, and India.
Google has unveiled new features meant to make it easier to explore local news through Assistant and listen to a mix of personalized news articles based on the users' interests via a Nest speaker.
Facebook is testing allowing users who have subscribed to its partner publishers to link their accounts to their subscriptions with those organizations, making it quicker to access paywalled content.
In an open letter, Google has slammed Australia for its proposed News Media Bargaining Code, claiming that it hurts free services and that it also places the search data of users at risk.
Facebook is rolling out a new notification screen that pops up before you can share a news article that's more than three months old. It will also explore other uses of notification screens.
With this program, the local newsrooms will be provided emergency funding to help cover the downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A donation of $1 million was also announced for two organizations.
Opera has launched Opera News Lite for those on data- and storage-restrictive plans and devices. It comes in at just 1MB and uses less data to retrieve news stories resulting in a faster experience.
Apple has launched a new section in its news app to help people find verified information about the Covid-19 disease. It also includes the latest case figures and tips to help you fight the disease.
The firm is rolling out its new Google Assistant "Read It" feature to Android users. Once invoked, it will be able to read aloud web pages with an option to translate over 42 languages.
An app called Project Newsbar has surfaced onto the Microsoft Store, though you can't actually obtain it via regular means. As the name implies, it's a sidebar that displays a variety of news items.
The privacy-oriented search engine, Startpage, has announced a News tab in search results. As with its other products, Startpage news results will not be personalised to individual users.
Google is rolling out a new feature for the Google Assistant, allowing it to read a set of tailored news based on your interests. The feature is initially only available to users in the U.S.
News is Facebook's move to sustain quality journalism, provide a variety of news, and strengthen democracy. It has been built with help from journalists, publishers, and news organizations.
The BBC is launching the international version of its website on the dark web in a bid to fight censorship and spread news in areas where it has faced blockages. The website can be accessed via Tor.
Facebook and News Corp. have reached an agreement to feature headlines from the latter's publications in Facebook's upcoming news tab. Facebook will pay an undisclosed licensing fee for the content.
The firm has released the next iteration in its staged release of GPT-2. Alongside it, a paper has also been posted that studies the release strategies and social impacts of the same.
A review into the news landscape in the UK has provided its findings to the public. It suggests several points to strengthen local new publishers and also recommends a new regulator be set up.
Apple today released the first developer beta builds for iOS 12.2, macOS 10.14.4 Mojave, watchOS 5.2, and tvOS 12.2. The new updates will finally bring support for Apple News to Canada.
Google is considering ending its news service in Europe in response to the controversial European Union's Copyright Directive. The law would require platforms to pay publishers for use of excerpts.
Google has partnered with the company behind WordPress.com to launch Newspack, an initiative to provide local news publications with the necessary tools to make their content available.
Facebook has announced that it's expanding local news delivery via "Today In" to 400 more U.S. cities and some Australian localities. It's also working to deliver emergency information quickly.
Microsoft has launched Bing Spotlight in the UK. The new feature provides news stories on the Bing home page and inserts relevant and objective content into search results to help inform users.
Microsoft has announced Bing Spotlight, a new experience coming to Bing.com in the US. The feature gathers data using deep learning to collate stories and headlines from various high-quality sources.
The news tab contains posts pulled by communities from several subreddits that share and engage with news the most to help those who have a lot of subreddit subscriptions easily search for news.
During its WWDC 2018 keynote today, Apple announced new versions of Stocks, Voice Memos, News, Home, and more, using its new platform that will bring iOS apps to its Mac PCs in 2019.
Apple is planning to turn the Apple News service into a subscription service according to a report from Bloomberg. The firm will be using talent from the purchase of Texture to facilitate the process.
Facebook has announced that it has rolled out the local content algorithm to News Feeds all around the world, no matter which country you are based in, nor the languages you speak.
Twitter is testing a new method that uses new algorithms to show more timely breaking news content to its users. The test involves a small number of iOS and Android users in the U.S.
Twitter has started streaming live video from local outlets on its platform, with the option to drill down in order to view related tweets. The new feature will be useful for following breaking news.
Microsoft has released a new MSN News beta app for Android and iOS. The app features a complete design overhaul and includes a bunch of new features to help make the news-reading experience better.
Facebook has announced yet another change to its website in order to make you feel more connected on the site. This time, Facebook changed its algorithm in order to prioritise local news.
Google is attempting to expand news into the hands of the locals, targeting enthusiasts who want to put a spotlight on various aspects of the community. The pilot program has launched in Nashville.
Facebook is due to make a few changes to the news feed which aims to make more reliable news content more prominent. The company has decided on quite a fair way to decide what sources are legitimate.
It has been a busy year for news, and while we as writers and editors may find some things interesting, the readers are what our job is all about. Here are the top stories based on traffic this year.
Google has offered RT some reprieve. In a report, following Twitter's canceling ads with the news outlet last week, Google says there's no evidence RT manipulated its video sharing website YouTube.