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Amazon Fire TV adds free local news for 158 cities across the US

Amazon Fire TV adds free local news for 158 cities across the US

Amazon has greatly expanded the number of cities that have access to its free local news portal, bringing the number to 259 cities across the US. The Fire TV news portal makes it easy for anyone, particularly cord-cutters, to get local news broadcasts, providing regional weather information and other data relevant to their cities.

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Samsung reportedly goes after leaks with copyright claims

Samsung reportedly goes after leaks with copyright claims

Product leaks have almost become a fact of life in the tech news industry, but that wasn't always the case. Some will probably remember those ugly "anti-leak" cases for smartphone prototypes years back, but "anonymous sources" have become bolder in recent times. It seems, however, that the biggest smartphone makers are no longer taking the status quo sitting down. Following Apple's lead, Samsung is reportedly issuing copyright strikes against leakers, forcing some to take down previously leaked content.

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Google News Showcase is now on the desktop

Google News Showcase is now on the desktop

Google and news have always been in a rather rocky relationship. On the one hand, people have started using Google, specifically Google Search results, to find the latest information and updates on current events or topics. On the other hand, news publishers have been complaining about how they're losing traffic because of that or how Google's snippets are infringing on copyrights. Google's solution is its News Showcase initiative and its featured news stories are finally coming to desktops after being exclusive to mobile for months.

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Google Search Full Coverage adds some context to the news

Google Search Full Coverage adds some context to the news

The Internet makes it almost too easy to find answers to questions. Google Search definitely has a huge responsibility in that regard, bringing information right under your fingertips, almost literally. That may be fine for some types of information that don't change, like facts and trivia, but the news doesn't exist in a vacuum. In order to give knowledge seekers a better and more correct perspective, Google is finally pushing its Full Coverage feature from Google News to Google Search to let you get an overview of a topic going back months even.

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Facebook News expands to the UK

Facebook News expands to the UK

While many people probably take to Google to search for the latest news, social media has been playing a bigger role in bringing news, both real and fake, to even more people. Of course, this has also brought them under more scrutiny because of the consequences for the news industry in general, particularly when page views, ads, and profits are concerned. Facebook seems to suggest that it is offering the better option for all parties involved as it rolls out Facebook News outside the US for the first time.

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A reminder: CES 2021 still exists, it’s just… different

A reminder: CES 2021 still exists, it’s just… different

It seems like a lifetime ago that we were last live and in-person at the Las Vegas tech event called CES. The year 2020 threw the whole world into chaos - and tech events like CES were no exception. Here in the year 2021, CES is an all-digital event, which essentially means we'll have a LOT of the same content, with slightly less hands-on action. We'll also have more "smart masks."

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Coalition for App Fairness adds major news publishers in Apple tussle

Coalition for App Fairness adds major news publishers in Apple tussle

You might think that their efforts have eventually died down and the issue swept under the rug but CAF, short for the Coalition for App Fairness, is making a lot of noise again. The group led by Epic Games and Spotify have proudly announced the addition of a new member that pretty much means that major US news publishers like The New York Times and Financial Times are now joining in the fight to force app store owners, but mostly Apple really, to change what is being presented as monopolistic and anti-competitive policies.

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Google News Showcase tries to address the paywall elephant in the room

Google News Showcase tries to address the paywall elephant in the room

While many praise and thank Google for making information and news available to the masses on the Internet, others, especially publishers, hate it for almost the same reason. Some have even sued Google for putting directly in Search results content that should otherwise be viewed on the content owner's website. And then there's paywalled content that effectively blocks users from accessing those without paying a fee. In order to better promote its News platform, Google is negotiating with publishers in order to provide some locked content to readers for absolutely no charge at all.

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Why won’t my iPhone or Android let me avoid news?

Why won’t my iPhone or Android let me avoid news?

This week it's become apparent that Google's Android is dead set on making me read the news. Google Assistant's daily snapshot now includes news articles now, and they're not always easy to avoid. Before the year 2016, seeing news clips in the starting screen for Chrome, or Firefox, or in half a dozen other places - it wasn't as much of an issue. Now, here in 2020, it seems that I cannot get through a day without news screaming for my attention.

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Facebook to block news sharing in Australia if new law is passed

Facebook to block news sharing in Australia if new law is passed

It is often said how social media has become the new way news spreads, sometimes even more quickly, but few actually consider the money involved there. From clicks to page views to ads, companies like Facebook and Google have perhaps taken the lion's share of advertising profits, even when the content surfaced on their platforms come from other sources like news outlets. A new law in Australia is being proposed to shift the balance of power to those news outlets and Facebook is pretty much threatening to remove Australian's ability to share news on the network should that come to pass.

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Apple News rolls out Audio Stories, bolsters local news lineup

Apple News rolls out Audio Stories, bolsters local news lineup

Today, Apple is rolling out some interesting features for Apple News and Apple News+ subscribers. Chief among these new features are audio stories, which will see Apple offering audio recordings of select long-form content from a variety of sources. On top of that, there's also a new daily news briefing that all listeners will be able to check out, along with the addition of more local and regional news outlets.

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Facebook labels state-controlled media ahead of US elections

Facebook labels state-controlled media ahead of US elections

Although controversial right from its infancy, Facebook got into deep trouble because of its involvement in the 2016 US elections. Most of that centered the spread of misinformation, some of which came from accounts that were traced to state-controlled actors and media. It has spent the past years trying to defend and rebuild its reputation and with another US election coming, it's taking a hard stance in making sure users know who might be behind certain media companies.

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