"Tech companies want to control the news"
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Tech companies want to control the news
Technology companies want to decide which news stories you read.
I'm Bridget Carey.
This is your CNET Update.
Social media isn't just where you catch up with friends, it's where many people are getting their news first.
And you're seeing all the major players.
Facebook, Twitter, Google, even LinkedIn.
Making the call on which news stories show up in your feeds.
The other week Apple revealed it's upcoming news app for iPhones and iPads, and Apple is hiring journalists to oversee which stories get promoted But one can't help but question if it'll limit how much you see about stories critical of Apple.
Twitter is putting it's own twist on the news with a project called Lightning.
Reports say it will organize and curate tweets based on live events such as the sports championships, the Oscars or one of big breaking news Stories developing.
Twitter has always been a place to go for following breaking news, but in this case the service will be selecting it's own highlights of live event tweets.
You would see these selected tweets in a separate section on the Twitter app coming out later this year.
Google's News Lab worked with Storyful to create the YouTube Newswire.
It'll be a feed of videos on news events Gathered by the journalists working at storyful who also worked to verify the clips and source material.
This team is mining through social media to find what people are sharing and giving it context tied to today's news stories.
It's how YouTube's gonna highlight citizen journalism.
But then you have some sites moving in a negative direction.
LinkedIn a job hunting network has also crafted a computer algorithm to pick what you should read LinkedIn redesigned it's news app Pulse, and to be completely honest, LinkedIn ruined the app.
The original Pulse pulled in a feed of all the headlines for any outlet that you selected.
I personally used it to quickly scan through all the stories from every technology Publication in one screen.
But LinkedIn just launched a brand new version of the app that takes away all control.
The new pulse tells you what to read based on your profile, picking a handful of stories relating to your resume and the people that you're connected to.
The old poll app is gone from the app store, but it will still work for people for another year before shutting down.
Such a shame.
Facebook took a similar approach last year with it's Paper app, picking articles it deemed as most important for the day.
But on the bright side, it seems Facebook may be giving users more control over the feed in their main app.
The network is testing a new feature called See First.
A tech crunch reporter spotted the new option on their app You can tell Facebook that you always want to see new posts from this person or this outlet at the top of your feed.
Reports show more people are only getting their news from social media.
But if you don't take some control, your knowledge of the world is narrowed by what Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn thinks you like based on calculations of what you clicked on.
That's it for this Tech News roundup, but there's always more at cnet.com.
From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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