Happy Wednesday, everyone. There’s lots of new product launches today. Let’s get into it:
Google is trying to be more like Facebook and rolls out a news feed
Sound familiar? It’s straight out of the Facebook playbook, reports NPR. Though this is only available through the apps now, it might eventually be rolled out to mobile browsers.
Mexico says there will be heightened security measures on electronics on U.S.-bound flights
The Associated Press is reporting that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has instituted tougher security measures for laptops and tablets on U.S.-bound flights coming from Mexico.
Starting on Wednesday, any electronics “larger than a cellphone” will go through separate security checks without their cases or covers.
NBC has 30 employees working on video programming for Snapchat
Recode reports that in a bid to reach younger viewers, NBC is working on original programming for Snapchat.
The network said Wednesday they will begin publishing a twice-daily news show exclusively on Snapchat.
The show will be called “Stay Tuned,” and will be available in the “Discover” section. NBC and Snap will split revenue from ads embedded into the show. NBC is paying production costs and has a crew of 30 full-time employees.
Samsung rolls out its version of Siri
An English-language version of Samsung Electronics Co.’s voice-activated virtual assistant, called Bixby, launched on Wednesday. It’s considered Samsung’s version of Siri and was already available in Korean.
Apple makes a high-profile new hire
And a bit of tech personnel news, Apple has filled a key position in China. The company hired Isabel Ge Mahe to oversee its China operations. She reports directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook and the company’s Chief Operating Officer.
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