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Google pledges €94m to digital media projects

The Google Digital News Innovation fund has pledge to give 94 million euros to 'help journalism thrive'. This includes digital news outlets and fact-checking services.

Decline in people using Facebook for news

The seventh annual Digital News Report has found there has been a decline in the number of people indicating they use Facebook as a news source. Instead WhatsApp gains in popularity.

Slower and lower funding leaves Canadian startups trailing U.S.

A University of Toronto study found that the Canadian innovation sector is lagging behind the U.S. because of the amount of money being invested into the space, and at what rate startup companies get that money.

Rakuten buys mobile ordering and pickup startup

Rival to Amazon and Japanese retail giant Rakuten has acquired Silicon Valley mobile ordering and pickup startup Curbside.

Facebook is killing the controversial 'Trending' news section

Facebook has announced plans to discontinue its Trending news module next week. The feature, located at the top-right portion of the News Feed, provided links to news stories that people were sharing and commenting about on Facebook.

New approach for tackling fake news and online disinformation

The digital transformation of news has opened up a world of new information and has allowed many areas previously ignored to gain a wider profile. However, it has also increased the rate of ‘fake news’. The European Union has taken new measures.

Changing role of news in the digital age

A new survey from the European Union provides an insight into the key trends surrounding the digital transformation of news markets.

Facebook set to verify identity of major page owners

As the full extent of Facebook's data misuse and increasing questions over the credibility of material that purports to be 'news', Facebook is to embark on a page verification program.

Subscribe with Google lets you pay for online news subscriptions

Google has announced an initiative to make it simpler to pay for online subscriptions. The company will allow you to purchase subscriptions to publishers using your Google account. You'll then be able to access paywalled content by signing in with Google.

Encouraging students to spot fake news

London - With the high number of false news stories populating social media, and the decrying of 'experts' by certain politicians, it's even more important that younger people can critically assess articles. A new project seeks to help students with this process.

Singapore launches public hearings on 'fake news'

Fpo - Singapore Wednesday launched public hearings on possible legislation to combat "fake news" which critics said could be used to curtail free speech.

Fake news travels faster than real news

Concerning news for those wishing to uphold journalistic integrity: false news spreads substantially faster, and to far more people, according to new research into news and social media.

Facebook axes unpopular 'Explore' experiment

Facebook has announced it will withdraw a trial News Feed feature called Explore. The company has been experimenting with Explore to discover whether people want Facebook to separate posts from Pages and individuals. The results weren't encouraging.

Facebook aims to help keep local news alive

Local newspapers are in decline due to rising costs, falling advertising revenues and a public that is seeking digital news content. Facebook has stepped in to help.

Op-Ed: Has this article been written by a robot?

London - Has this article been written by a robot? Could you tell? More importantly, does it matter? The answer, by the way, is no. The reason for posing the question is due to developments at London's Press Association.

China directs users to approved VPNs as firewall tightens

Bejing - China vowed Tuesday to force both local and foreign companies and individuals to use only government-approved software to access the global internet, as overseas firms fear losing unrestricted online services under an impending deadline.

China has shut down 13,000 websites since 2015: Xinhua

Bejing - China has shut down or revoked the licenses of 13,000 websites since 2015 for violating the country's internet rules, state media reported Sunday.

Trump denies watching 4-8 hours of TV a day

Washington - President Donald Trump on Monday denied a New York Times story on his daily White House life that says he watches up to eight hours of cable TV news a day.

Journalists using virtual reality should show moderation

Virtual reality can pull readers over to news sites to view immersive content; however, the extent of this needs to be moderated otherwise news credibility will suffer. Journalists should take note in this era of fake and misleading news.

Study: Most Reddit users vote on articles they haven't read

Most Reddit users vote on submitted stories without first reading their content, according to a new study. While the results may not be surprising, they demonstrate that blind reliance on aggregation scores isn't a good way to find newsworthy content.

UK environment secretary attacks 'corrupting' social media

UK environment secretary Michael Gove has attacked the "distorting" impact of social media after a fierce row over the UK Parliament's handling of animal welfare issues. Gove said social media is "corrupting" news reporting, leaving people misinformed.

Facebook's new info button lets you check a page's reputation

Facebook has started a trial of a new button meant to help combat fake news. The small "more info" link lets you view information about a story's publisher, giving you context on the articles they post. The details are sourced from external sites.

Russians march against state internet crackdown

Moscow - Around 1,000 people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to protest against the government's harsh legislative controls on the internet.

Google launches a Facebook-style news feed for your interests

Google has announced a new mobile app feature that surfaces articles that may be relevant to you. Called Feed, the feature has drawn comparisons with Facebook's News Feed. It's part of Google's ongoing efforts to become a destination, rather than a tool.

Uber merges with Russia's Yandex in six ex-Soviet countries

Moscow - Uber on Thursday announced that it was merging in Russia and five other ex-Soviet states with the taxi hailing app of the country's leading internet giant, Yandex.

Google News redesign brings a cleaner look and more fact checking

Google has announced a long-overdue overhaul of Google News on the web. The completely redesigned desktop site is more spacious and modern, featuring an upgraded sidebar, new personalisation options and emphasised "Fact Check" tags.

Facebook tweaks Trending to help you find new stories quicker

Facebook has announced it's expanding the search results page for its Trending feature on mobile devices to include more alternative viewpoints on major stories. The company is also improving the visibility of Trending to help you quickly access the news.

China to launch own encyclopaedia to rival Wikipedia

China plans to launch its own online encyclopaedia next year, hoping to build a "cultural Great Wall" that can rival Wikipedia as a go-to information source for Chinese Internet users who Beijing fears are being corrupted by foreign influences.

Wikipedia creator fights fake news with volunteer-led journalism

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a news site to oppose the spread of fake news by putting fact-checking and neutrality at the heart of each article. The site will use volunteers to check and edit articles written by professional journalists.

Google's new 'Fact Check' tags help combat fake news

Google has announced a new fact check feature as part of its latest effort to resist the spread of fake news. Websites accredited as "authoritative sources" will now be highlighted in search results and a "fact check" tag shown for investigated claims.
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