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Tech companies want to control the news

Twitter will highlight tweets for breaking news, Google launches YouTube Newswire, and LinkedIn ruins the Pulse app to pick stories it thinks you should like. Along with Apple and Facebook, more tech companies want to decide which stories you read.

This just in: Tech companies are fighting to be your main source for news.

There's a shift happening in how we consume news. More people depend on social media and mobile apps to stay informed -- and that means more tech companies can influence the news you see.

In this Update report, learn how Twitter wants to put its twist on the news with Project Lightning. Also, Google highlights eyewitness reports with YouTube Newswire, and LinkedIn thinks computers know best on what you want to read on its Pulse app:

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Apple is launching its News app later this year to curate top stories, but will it shy away from stories critical of Apple? Facebook's Paper app also picks articles it deems most important. But perhaps Facebook is working on something that can give users a little more control over the headlines in their feed.

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Tech companies want to control the news