Facebook updates News Feed to prioritize local news

Today, Facebook announced changes to the News Feed that will give new precedence to local news. This is part of a greater push from Facebook to make the site more friendly, and the content more relevant. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced the update via Twitter:

With the new update, you may start seeing more stories appearing in your News Feed from publishers around you. This is because Facebook is using geographical data to determine if a news publisher is in your geographical location. As a result, publishers that …

Google announces Bulletin, a community-driven app aimed at sharing local stories

Google is launching a new app that’s aimed at sourcing “hyperlocal” stories from citizens. It’s called Bulletin, because, well, it’s the virtual equivalent of a local bulletin board, and just about anyone will be able to contribute to the platform with their own stories and reports once the app receives a global roll-out.

The introduction of Bulletin comes as no surprise, short on the heels of the new “Community Updates” section that was recently added to Google News, and it’s an interesting idea, that’s for sure. The new app aims to highlight stories on a much smaller …

Facebook is testing a new section to emphasize local news

Recently, social media has been heavily criticized for being a real catalyst for the way “fake news” spreads. Why? Well, a lot of news outlets — reputable or not — will have a big, eye-catching title, and will often be shared through social media channels by thousands of people who don’t read the actual articles. This issue has been a hot topic ever since the 2016 US presidential elections and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been on a personal mission to end “fake news” sharing over his platform since.

The initiative is called the Facebook Journalism …

Chinese company will operate local Apple iCloud accounts, starting February

In a bid to comply with the China’s cloud computing regulations, Apple has granted permission to local company Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD) to operate Apple iCloud services on the territory of mainland China. The contract between the two companies comes into force next month, iCloud accounts outside of China won’t be affected by the change.

Apple has confirmed that both companies will have access to the data stored on the cloud servers. GCBD is owned by the Guizhou provincial government in southern China, where Apple last year invested $1bn …

Exasperated local news journalist is done with the Black Friday hype


Black Friday tends to be a great time for some local news coverage. Hundreds of eager shoppers lining up in early morning hours tend to make for great visuals and person-on-the-street interviews.

That’s what Joshua Short of WNDU in South Bend, Indiana, expected. He was sorely disappointed—and didn’t mince words when he gave his report on the scene at around 5:15 A.M. local time.

The segment caught fire online. Short and anchor Alex Wilcox appeared to enjoy the moment, if not get a caught off guard by just how fast it spread.

Going viral is cool right?? You know what’s not so cool – a tweet you’re mentioned in going viral.@JoshuaShortWNDU you did this to me! pic.twitter.com/VV4BmaXM1H

— Alex Wilcox (@AlexWilcoxTV) November 25, 2017 Read more…

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Starting today, at 8:00am local time, you will be able to buy the Apple iPhone X in stores.
Apple has promised to have a certain number of iPhone X available on day 1 at physical stores, but this number will likely be very limited, so if you want to get yours today, you would likely need to stand in line before the stores are open.
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Google Maps gains Local Guides widget and 3D touch peek for list items on iOS

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The highlight of the update seems to be the new Local Guides widget, which should allow Maps users to check their Local Guide points and add reviews and photos to a place much easier.

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Facebook is training local organizations to help combat extremist content

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Apple will return excess heat from new data center to the heating system of the local community

There is no doubt that Apple is one of the greenest tech companies in the world, and it’s aiming towards being as eco as possible. Its next step in that direction comes in the form of an interesting way to power one of its new data centers and deal with the excess heat it will produce.

The new facility will be built in the Jutland region of Denmark, and it will be powered only by renewable energy. A portion of this energy will come from recycled farm waste.

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