Google's Currents App for iOS Refreshed
Google recently made an update to its Currents application available to iOS devices. Currents is Google's digital magazine app, and presents articles and other content in a visually appealing fashion (similar to Flipboard and Pulse). The update carries over the fresh design given the Android version of the app. Other new features include an "edition sidebar" for accessing information sorted by categories; fast scan, which provides a quick view of an edition with a vertical swipe; new breaking stories as ranked by Google news; and saved stories that can be retrieved easily. The application is a free download from the iTunes App Store.
Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats
May 26, 2017
Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren't compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple.
Google News to More Clearly Mark 'Fact-Check' Articles
Oct 14, 2016
Google says it will work harder to call attention to fact-check articles within Google News. Google believes fact-check style articles have become an important type of journalism, especially in the context of the presidential election.
Google's AMP Stories Let Web Publishers Tell Tap-Through Stories with Photos and Videos
Feb 13, 2018
Google today announced a preview of AMP stories, a new tool for creators to bring content to the mobile web in a new and engaging way. AMP stories were inspired by the likes of Snapchat and Instagram, which both offer people the ability to tell on-going, ephemeral stories that others swipe through.
Facebook Tweaks Trending News and Expands Fundraising
May 24, 2017
Facebook updated several of its offerings today, including how it handles trending news and supports fundraising campaigns. Facebook says it has redesigned its trending news function with the goal of surfacing higher-quality content in the news box.
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