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Google and Facebook envision Stories for news, not social

Stories taught us the joy of dictating the pace of content consumption. We fast-forward in 10-second increments, with a quick trigger finger let loose the moment we get bored. That’s why soon, endless paragraphs of text and time-consuming videos might not be the only ways to get our news. This week, signs were revealed suggesting both Facebook and Google believe Snapchat’s ... Read More »

Internet TV company Roku hires banks for 2017 IPO

Roku has hired Morgan Stanley and Citigroup to lead its IPO, sources say. People familiar with the matter say the company is aiming for a valuation above $1 billion. Internet television company Roku has hired investment banks to lead an initial public offering that could come later this year as it aims for a valuation of more than $1 billion, ... Read More »

New cyberattack wallops Europe; spreads more slowly in US

Researchers picking the program apart found evidence its creators had borrowed from leaked National Security Agency code. A new and highly virulent outbreak of data-scrambling software caused disruption across the world Tuesday. Following a similar attack in May , the fresh assault paralyzed some hospitals, government offices and major multinational corporations in a dramatic demonstration of how easily malicious programs ... Read More »

YouTube Android app gets new UI, adds bottom navigation bar

YouTube has been testing a new user interface since 2016 and the video-streaming service finally rolled out a new UI starting Tuesday on Google Play Store. The new redesigned YouTube app comes with a major change in the navigation bar in the app. The new design showcases a smaller top bar and a new bottom navigation bar. The new navigation ... Read More »

Google is launching a lightning-fast new ad format

As clunky, slow-loading ads drive people to ad blockers, some of Google’s search ads are about to get a welcome speed boost. The company said Tuesday that it’s expanding its fast-loading Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) format to brands that advertise among its search results. The product was previously limited to news articles. That means that were you to tap on ... Read More »