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  • Mic launches a news app that you might never need to open

    Mic launches a news app that you might never need to open

    With its latest app, millennial-focused publisher Mic said it’s hoping to give you a full newsreading experience from your iPhone lockscreen. The app is an updated version of the MicCheck app, now simply called Mic. Anthony Sessa, the company’s vice president of product and engineering, told me that one of the big goals was to take advantage of the new rich notifications in iOS… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Instagram Shoppable Photos

    Today’s Stories  Instagram tests shoppable photo tags Google launches Tango AR smartphone system
    Mobile internet use passes desktop for the first time, study finds Sony’s profit down 86% but its costly mobile business has been shored up Will.i.am is back with another weird gadget Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John Mannes
    Hosted and edited by: Tito Hamze
    Filmed by: Joe Zolnoski
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  • CNN’s new Alexa skill delivers an audio version of its TV news, 5 minutes after broadcast

    CNN’s new Alexa skill delivers an audio version of its TV news, 5 minutes after broadcast

    CNN is launching a new app for Amazon’s Alexa platform and its line of Echo speakers that will connect the news network’s TV network more directly with the voice-based computing platform. With the new CNN skill, the company is making its on-air content available to Echo owners and other Alexa-powered devices as quickly as five minutes after it has been broadcast on television… Read More

  • You can now get daily election updates on Messenger, with NYT Politics’ new chatbot

    You can now get daily election updates on Messenger, with NYT Politics’ new chatbot

    If you can’t get enough presidential election news – that is, you’re some kind of glutton for punishment – there’s now a new way to get automated updates with the latest poll numbers, along with other election news via Facebook Messenger. The New York Times has launched a new elections news service via its NYT Politics Bot for Messenger that will text you… Read More

  • Google added fact checking: Facebook, it’s your move now

    Google added fact checking: Facebook, it’s your move now

    Google yesterday announced it will introduce a fact check tag on Google News in order to display articles that contain factual information next to trending news items. Now it’s time for Facebook to take fact-checking more seriously, too. Facebook has stepped into the role of being today’s newspaper: that is, it’s a single destination where a large selection of news… Read More

  • Pew: younger people actually prefer reading the news to watching it

    Pew: younger people actually prefer reading the news to watching it

    Well, great news for all those media publishers investing in video in hopes of better catering to young adults: a new study released this week from the Pew Research Center found that younger people are actually more interested in reading the news than watching it. Meanwhile, it’s the older generation who prefers watching the news instead of reading, Pew found. This to some extent… Read More

  • Crunch Report | GoPro releases the new Karma Drone

    GoPro releases the new Karma drone, Nikon launches 3 new action cams, Twitter makes changes looking for new users, Lyft outlined some of its ideas for autonomous driving, and Foundry Group raises $500 million. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Facebook employees say deleting ‘napalm girl’ photo was a mistake

    Facebook employees say deleting ‘napalm girl’ photo was a mistake

    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said today that the company faced “difficult decisions” when it deleted a post by a Norwegian journalist containing an iconic photograph of a girl fleeing a napalm attack during the Vietnam War. Sandberg expressed regret at her company’s decision to repeatedly delete the photograph and said Facebook would do better at preserving newsworthy content… Read More

  • HBO will get a nightly news show in September, courtesy of Vice News

    HBO will get a nightly news show in September, courtesy of Vice News

    Making good on plans announced earlier this year, HBO and Vice Media confirmed today that the cable network will begin airing a nightly newscast program, called “Vice News Tonight,” beginning on September 26. The show will air on weeknights at 7:30 PM ET/PT — debuting hours before the first scheduled presidential debate between Trump and Clinton. The show will also be… Read More