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Facebook tests Snapchat-like Stories, and combats fake news
Facebook is taking another page from Snapchat, its smaller social media rival.
This week, Facebook began testing a new feature in Ireland that closely resembles Snapchat Stories. Like the Stories feature recently added on Instagram, Facebook's version lets people share photos and videos that disappear after no more than 24 hours.
Meanwhile, in an effort to stop fake news, Facebook is changing its Trending Topics that highlight the most popular news on the giant social network.
Among the changes: Everyone will see the same topics, rather than topics personalized by their behavior on Facebook. To keep fake news from trending, Facebook will focus on news articles being broadly discussed rather than promoting engagement with one or a small number of articles.
And Facebook will show the news article's headline and publisher.
Could Trump’s anti-regulation policies be good for startups?
Ashu Garg, a general partner at Foundation Capital, makes that argument in this Recode post.
His take: “First off, change in general is good for entrepreneurs, because it creates new circumstances for them to exploit or gaps for them to fill. Regulatory change, more specifically, is ripe with opportunity.
Moreover, Trump has historically made a lot of pro-small-business noises, and has signaled that he will shake up the Small Business Administration. Professional-wrestling magnate Linda McMahon is potentially taking over, and may be receptive to the type of changes that would allow emerging enterprises — in tech and outside it — to grow, including making it easier for first-time entrepreneurs to access startup grant funding.”
Garg cites healthcare, drones, education and infrastructure as sectors that could be opened up to entrepreneurial opportunity.
Apple to join Amazon, Google and Facebook in AI research group
Apple plans to join the Partnership on AI, an artificial intelligence research group that includes some of tech’s biggest names including Amazon, Google, Facebook and Microsoft.
Bloomberg notes that while the introduction of the Siri virtual assistant in 2011 gave Apple an early presence in AI for consumers, it has since lost ground to rivals such as Google and Amazon.
Bloomberg attributes that to Apple’s “penchant for secrecy,” which it says has limited its efforts to improve AI offerings and hire the best talent.
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