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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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Apple News+ Audio feature might just be a month away

Apple News+ Audio feature might just be a month away

There are many people who prefer getting their news through their ears but most of the content on the Internet is, more often than not, delivered in written form to be read. There are always screen readers and text-to-speech engines but we're still far from the ideal of not making them sound artificial (unless that's actually your thing). Audio content is still some people's preferred medium and Apple will attempt to cater to them with a new Audio section for its News+ subscribers probably coming as early as June or July.

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Apple: Coronavirus will cause iPhone shortage and Q2 guidance miss

Apple: Coronavirus will cause iPhone shortage and Q2 guidance miss

Apple has warned that coronavirus will cause iPhone shortages and likely cause the company to miss its March quarter revenue guidance, while also confirming that it will be significantly boosting its donations to help address the COVID-19 outbreak. The spread of the respiratory illness - and attempts to curtail it - have forced many facilities in China to extend their Chinese New Year holidays, leaving production lines idle.

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China coronavirus “surge” was a change in counting method [UPDATE]

China coronavirus “surge” was a change in counting method [UPDATE]

Yesterday reports suggested that there was a relative "surge" of cases of infection and death at the hands of novel coronavirus COVID-19. This news originated in the Hubei province of China, where government health authorities made the mistake of announcing new cases and deaths without taking proper care to specify why their numbers appeared to explode compared to their otherwise most recent report. It's not so much an explosion of cases, but a modification of the way in which said cases are counted.

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Facebook News challenges Google for aggregator dominance

Facebook News challenges Google for aggregator dominance

Facebook today announced that it's put a new feature called Facebook News into testing. Facebook News functions mostly as you'd expect a news aggregator to, getting a dedicated section of its own in the Facebook app. That doesn't mean the end of seeing articles in the News Feed - on the contrary, it sounds like the News Feed will work the way it always has, with Facebook News seemingly being positioned as something of a deeper experience.

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Here’s why those Amazon ‘deal’ articles are tricky

Here’s why those Amazon ‘deal’ articles are tricky

Let me let you in on a program that's going on right now that puts an important twist on every 'deal' article you've ever read. There's a reason why so many blogs write articles about new "deals" on Amazon and with Amazon products - they get cash to do so. If you've never heard of the program called "Amazon Associates," now's the time for a crash course.

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Apple teases Monday event with “livestream” of empty Jobs Theater

Apple teases Monday event with “livestream” of empty Jobs Theater

Apple's event on Monday, March 25, is expected to largely be bereft of new hardware announcements or software updates. Despite that, the tech and entertainment worlds are all eyes on what could be a decisive turn in Apple's business. As if to make sure those eyes are tuned in this early, the company has put up a "livestream" page to show how it's preparing for the event, while dropping some hints at what can be expected tomorrow.

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Amazon ‘Good Omens’ series gets Benedict Cumberbatch as Satan

Amazon ‘Good Omens’ series gets Benedict Cumberbatch as Satan

Amazon has announced that its limited Good Omens series will be available to stream starting on May 31. The show is an adaption of the Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett fantasy novel by the same name. In addition to announcing its premiere date, it was also revealed that British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has joined the cast in the role of Satan.

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Reddit Transparency Report details government requests in 2018

Reddit Transparency Report details government requests in 2018

Reddit has released its transparency report for the year 2018, detailing the number and types of requests it received, including ones sent by governments around the world. For its latest report, the company has included information about retractions, restorations, and copyright removals, plus info on when it removed content in violation of its Content Policy.

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Apple reportedly wants to keep 50% of subscription news service revenue

Apple reportedly wants to keep 50% of subscription news service revenue

Big publishers are pushing back against Apple's alleged financial terms for a news subscription service, sources have claimed. The service, which some have described as similar to a "Netflix for news," would reportedly have Apple keeping around half of the revenue brought in by subscriptions, with the remaining revenue being split up and distributed to publishers based on content engagement.

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