All-New Google News App Now Available on iPhone and iPad by @MattGSouthern

Google has released a completely revamped version of its Google News app on the iOS App Store.The new Google News improves upon the old Newsstand app, and has been designed to compete directly with Apple News. We covered the major changes to Google News when they were first announced last week, but here is a summary of the key updates:A “For You” section surfaces news articles based on browsing history and utilizes artificial intelligence.A “Headlines” section features non-personalized news articles

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Facebook Introduces Voice Posts, a Stories Archive, and Cloud Storage by @MattGSouthern

Facebook is adding three new features which include a new type of post, an archive of stories, and the ability to save photos and videos in the cloud.These new features will first be rolled out in India, before making their way to the rest of the world soon after.Facebook’s new voice posts will allow users to create audio-only messages. This option will be available while using the app’s built-in camera.Following in Instagram’s footsteps, Facebook will soon allow users to keep

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Google Assistant Can Recognize Cat and Dog Breeds Using Photos by @MattGSouthern

Google is getting smarter when it comes to image recognition with updates rolled out to Google Assistant and Google Photos.Google Lens, which is built into Assistant and Photos, is now capable of recognizing specific breeds of dogs or cats. Just take a photo of a cat or dog with Lens, or get Lens to analyze a photo that already exists on your device.Lens will analyze the photo and, if it finds a match, pull a snippet of information about the

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Google Releases Tool to Show Off Natural Language Search Capabilities by @MattGSouthern

Google’s research division has released a new tech demo of sorts, which shows off advancements the company has made toward understanding natural language.The new search experience, called “Talk to Books,” invites users to ask questions which Google will respond to with passages from books. Google claims the tool does not rely at all on keyword matching.I tested it out using the number one question every SEO wants an answer to: “How do I rank first in Google?”In this example Google

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Google Search Console is Notifying Site Owners About AMP Issues by @MattGSouthern

Site owners have been receiving e-mail notifications from Google Search Console regarding issues detected on AMP pages.Google prefaces the notification by saying the issues will not affect how pages show up in search results. Rather, Google is notifying webmasters about issues related to social media on AMP pages.”An evaluation of your site has revealed issues with some of your AMP pages. This issue will not affect your appearance on search, but with just a few changes, you could improve the

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Google Search Console Update: Filter Reports by Result Type by @MattGSouthern

Google has added a new feature to Search Console that will allow site owners to filter performance reports by ‘Search Appearance.’Search Appearance refers to the various ways a search result can be displayed according to how the content is marked up. This includes:Rich resultsAMP non-rich resultsAMP articleJob listingJob detailsWith this filter in place, site owners can isolate the performance of specific content types. So the report can display just the performance of AMP articles, or compare AMP articles versus non-rich

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Facebook Gets Instagram’s ‘Boomerang,’ and an AR Drawing Tool by @MattGSouthern

Facebook’s mobile app has been updated with some enhancements for Stories — an augmented reality (AR) drawing tool and Instagram’s popular Boomerang feature.Yes, that means Facebook is still trying to make stories happen on its network, but this time it finally has something unique. The AR tool is a feature that neither Instagram or Snapchat currently offer.Instagram and Snapchat offer ways to draw on top of videos, but not like this. Facebook’s AR drawing tool allows users to create 3D

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Instagram Makes it Easy to Follow People by Scanning ‘Nametags’ by @MattGSouthern

Instagram is reportedly in the process of rolling out a new feature which is similar to Snapchat’s QR codes.The new “Nametags” will make it easier to follow people on Instagram that you meet in real life, and easier for them to follow you back.Instagram will generate an image that is unique to each user. Another user can then scan the image with the Instagram app to automatically follow that person.At least one user has reported seeing this feature in the

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Instagram to Feature Carousel Ads in Stories by @MattGSouthern

A new ad unit is coming to Instagram stories, as advertisers can now feature up to three pieces of media per stories ad.Stories ads will display multiple pieces of media in a carousel-style format, similar to stories you would see posted by any of your Instagram contacts. Users can tap through, swipe back and forth or pause the content.Previously, Instagram stories ads were limited to either one photo or one video. Now they can feature either three of the same

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Millions of Twitter Followers Lost After Crackdown on Fake Accounts by @MattGSouthern

Prominent Twitter users have collectively lost over a million followers as a result of federal and state inquiries into fake accounts.Entertainers, entrepreneurs, athletes, and media figures have all lost a significant number of followers. One thing they have in common is many of them bought followers from a company called Devumi.Twitter has vowed to take action on Devumi, but declined to comment on whether or not it is purging fake accounts. Followers began to vanish after the New York Times

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