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.
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Google Chat is introducing dark theme to its desktop web and Progressive Web App (PWA) versions more than a year after rolling out the same experience to its Android and iOS versions.
Chrome 92 will be rolling out later today. It contains a bunch of exciting features including enhancements to PWAs, Bluetooth device filtering, and deprecation of a problematic payment handler config.
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.
Mircosoft's Edge Insider channel roadmap has been updated today which now contains all the upcoming features the browser will receive. There is a slew of new changes and improvements coming.
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.
Microsoft is working on a new feature that will allow developers to customize the title bar on progressive web apps, making them look more like native apps on each operating system.
Google Chrome 89 is now live, and the company has started warning developers to offer offline experiences for installable PWAs. This will become mandatory with Chrome 93 later this year.
Twitter has updated its progressive web app (PWA) with support for the new Birdwatch feature, DM request improvements, and more. The retweet button experience has also changed to its default.
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.
Microsoft has added a hidden flag to the Canary version of the Edge browser, which allows web apps to open as tabbed windows, thus keeping links for the same website in the same window.
Twitter has once again rounded up the latest changes made to its progressive web app over the past few weeks. These updates include a new retweet experience that promotes quote tweets.
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.
Twitter has once again gone over the recent updates to its Progressive Web App, highlighting some of the new features such as branded like animations, as well as some smaller improvements.
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.
Microsoft has been working on improving the PWA experience for Microsoft Edge users. The company has added a new feature that allows Chromium Edge Canary users to launch PWAs at Windows startup.
Google has been committed to improving the PWA experience on Chrome. Today the company has rolled out a new update for Chrome Canary users that brings the ability to launch PWAs at startup on Windows.
Yesterday we reported that Google Chrome Canary is allowing PWAs to show shortcut menus for the pinned websites. Now, Microsoft has updated Edge Canary to add the feature to the web browser.
Users running Chrome Canary on Windows and Android can now try out app shortcuts for installed PWAs, where supported. This brings a more native feel when long-pressing or right-clicking the PWA icons.
Twitter has gone over some of the recent updates to the progressive web app, which is the default Twitter experience on the web, as well as on Windows 10, with a few accessibility improvements.
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.
Google has replaced the Twitter and Youtube TV Android apps in the Play Store with Progressive Web Apps for Chrome OS users. The Play Store now installs the PWA version by default.
Instagram's Direct Messages feature is now available for all users on the web after being in testing with a small group. The change to the web app means that it applies to the Windows 10 app as well.
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.
Following up on its promise, Instagram has now updated its Windows 10 app to be a Progressive Web App. It supports Direct Messaging, so you shouldn't be missing out on many features.
In the most recent round of updates to its Progressive Web App, Twitter has added the ability to react to direct messages with emoji. The updates also include improvements to accessibility and more.
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.
Microsoft has canceled its plans to release a Progressive Web App for Windows Insiders that would have given them access to all sorts of information related to the Windows Insider Program.
Google Drive is now available as a Progressive Web App, meaning you can start using the service as a native app on Windows 10 PCs and Chromebooks. The PWA experience isn't complete just yet, though.
Microsoft is working on a new feature for the Chromium-based Edge browser, which will allow web apps to be treated by Windows 10 as if they were native apps, with custom jump lists and more.
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.
Twitter has once again detailed some of the changes made to its Progressive Web App, which is just the regular Twitter website now. The latest updates include new features and improvements.
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.