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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LinkedIn is getting rid of its Stories feature, which enabled users to post ephemeral videos. The idea, borrowed from Instagram, did not take off on Microsoft's business oriented social media site.
It seems like everybody and their uncle is implementing Snapchat-like Stories nowadays. Multiple TikTok users have spotted that the company is currently testing the capability on a limited scale.
To make the app more inclusive, Instagram is bringing its latest translation tool for users to view translations for foreign text in Stories. The new feature will be available across the globe.
Twitter has announced that it is killing off Fleets next month. This news comes in just nine months after the feature's global launch. The company says that Fleets was not being used as intended.
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.
The Xbox app is getting a new feature that will display a row of stories for users on iOS and Android. However, you'll only see stories from your favorite game brands, not from your friends.
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.
Fleets won't be coming to those who have not received it yet anytime soon as Twitter is slowing down its rollout to the general public in order to fix some performance and stability problems.
Twitter announced that its ephemeral content sharing feature, Fleets, is rolling out to all iOS and Android users. With Fleets, users can share tweets, photos, and videos that expire in 24 hours.
YouTube is working on adding the ability to share the music you are listening to as a story on Instagram and Snapchat. The feature will be similar to what's already available on Spotify & Apple Music.
Slack's CEO said in an interview that the firm is prototyping an Instagram-like 'Stories' feature and push-to-talk audio chatting capabilities to be introduced later this year to improve remote work.
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.
First announced in March, Fleets allow Twitter users to share a tweet or photos and videos that will be available on their profiles for only 24 hours and cannot get Likes, Retweets, or replies.
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.
Microsoft-owned professional networking site, LinkedIn, is currently testing a Stories feature akin to what is found on Snapchat and Instagram. The firm aims to cater to younger users with Stories.
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.
Facebook is testing a new way to navigate the News Feed by incorporating posts such as status updates and media content into a carousel of feed that puts them alongside Facebook Stories.
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.
Facebook today revealed the combined number of daily active users of the Stories feature in its main app as well as in Messenger, putting it well ahead of Snapchat's preceding implementation.
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.