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 …


All the news that fits won't print as the New York Times closes its BlackBerry 10 app next month

BlackBerry and its faithful had high hopes for BlackBerry 10. After all, the company that developed the operating system, QNX, received high marks for its work on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. BlackBerry was so impressed that it bought the company and had it get right to work on its next-gen operating system for smartphones, later dubbed BlackBerry 10. While the gesture based OS shared some of its capabilities with webOS, and there were some who loved the software, the hardware was a let down for many.

Instead of offering top-shelf handsets to compete with Apple and Samsung, BlackBerry …

The iPhone X order cuts news erase $14 billion off Apple's market cap

Yesterday’s supply chain heartbreaker of a story that Apple has cut its iPhone X orders by the whopping 40% – from 50 million to 30 million units – is making ripples with investors, it seems, as the tech giant’s stock started well in the red today. Apple saw about $14 billion of its market capitalization evaporate thanks to this rumor, so instead of running unabashedly towards the trillion dollar cap, it’s dipped well below $900 billion now.
All eyes will be on Apple’s first quarterly results after the iPhone X introduction, as the “all-screen” handset is supposed …

Facebook will begin demoting 'engagement bait' in your News Feed

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Facebook wants publishers to stop begging for likes.

The social network is taking action against so-called “engagement bait,” where publishers ask users to vote, like, or share a post in the hopes of bumping it to the top of people’s News Feed. 

The posts aren’t banned exactly, but Facebook will now demote those posts in the News Feed. Facebook Pages that repeatedly use these tactics will potentially get all of their posts demoted, the company announced in a blog post on Monday. 

Examples of "engagement baiting"

Examples of “engagement baiting”

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Exasperated local news journalist is done with the Black Friday hype

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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

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Unlimited plans introduction brought both good and bad news to U.S. Cellular

US Cellular, which is the fifth largest carrier by subscriber numbers, after Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, released very pleasant for investors quarterly results last week, and saw its stock jump significantly. It turns out, unlimited data plans are to “blame” for the carrier’s stellar performance. After introducing them back in February, U.S. Cellular saw a 51% data consumption increase on its network, but also a jump in subscriber rates.
Nearly a third of its Total plan users are on the unlimited option now, and the average subscriber goes through 3.1 GB …

New Microsoft Bing Search update brings personalized news feeds, auto-close tab feature, and more

Bing Search might not be your go-to app when you’re looking for something online, but Microsoft is certainly trying to change that. The tech giant has been releasing some big updates for its search engine recently, the latest of which introduces some very useful functionalities. 
After updating, users will be able to set up a personalized news feed. What’s interesting about it is that it features a “fake news filter”, which will tell you if the statements within a given article have been verified. 
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Facebook won't launch its news subscription service on iOS due to Apple's 30 percent tax

It appears that Facebook and Apple couldn’t agree on terms regarding the launch of the latter’s news subscription tool, a new report claims. As such Facebook’s news subscription service will only be available on Android phones, not iPhones.

The main issue (the only one?) is the standard 30 percent tax that Apple takes from any subscription revenue. On the other hand, Facebook wants to give all the money from the news subscription service to publishers.

While discussions are still underway, the negotiation is at an impasse, so Facebook has decided to go ahead …

Fake news: No, Google did not buy Apple for $9 billion

Wall Street almost got on fire earlier today, and not because of a deliberate arson but due to a rather curious mistake that would be quite far-fetched even for an April’s Fools prank. A mishap of the Dow Jones newswire almost produced one of the biggest news in the technology space ever by claiming Google has acquired Apple for the rather lowly sum of… $9 billion, which is around a hundred times less than Cupertino’s 2017 market valuation of more than $805 billion.
“In a surprise move to anyone who is alive, Google said it’s going to buy Apple for $9 billion,” the …

Google to revise system that forces news providers to offer three free stories a day before charging

Google plans on removing a policy that requires news organizations to offer consumers three free stories a day before readers are forced to subscribe to the service. Instead, news providers will be allowed to determine for themselves how many articles readers will be allowed to read for free. Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp., started squealing last month about Google’s plans to eliminate the “first click free” policy.

Thomson pointed out that Google had these news providers by the short hairs. If they didn’t get on board with the “first click free” policy, they would disappear …