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Facebook to establish Business ties with News Publishers: Mark Zukerberg

Zuckerberg predicts 20 million to 30 million people could use the News tab in a few years

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Facebook will reportedly pay as much as $3 million to licence headlines and previews of article from "major news outlets". Pixabay

Internet has disrupted the business model for journalism and Facebook, with its dedicated News service on its platform, will help news publishers earn and stay afloat in the competitive news era, Mark Zuckerberg has said.

The social networking giant has tied up with 200 news outlets to introduce a dedicated News tab on its platform that will highlight the most relevant national stories of the day.

“There are two things that I’m quite excited about. One is just building a dedicated product space for high-quality news. And the second is having a business partnership with news publishers that I think can be sustainable over the long term,” Zuckerberg told analysts over an earnings call on Wednesday.

Facebook will reportedly pay as much as $3 million to licence headlines and previews of article from “major news outlets”.

Zuckerberg predicts 20 million to 30 million people could use the News tab in a few years.

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The social networking giant Facebook has tied up with 200 news outlets to introduce a dedicated News tab on its platform that will highlight the most relevant national stories of the day. Pixabay

“It’s no secret that the Internet has disrupted the business model for journalism. And I think that that means that the major Internet platforms have a responsibility to form partnerships and help to fund this work,” he said.

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The News tab will initially be available to about 200,000 people in some of the largest cities in the US. The social networking platform has hired a team of journalists to help curate major national stories. (IANS)

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#WhatsAppDown Trends on Twitter As Messaging App WhatsApp Faces Outrage in India

People rushed to Twitter to report the issue

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After users reported on Twitter, WhatsApp was yet to notify users about how the problem began. Pixabay

WhatsApp users in several parts of the world, including in India, on Sunday took to Twitter to report several issues with the mobile messaging platform.

Millions of users were unable to share videos, photos and GIFs, audio and stickers and several of those said they were even unable to view WhatsApp Status feature.

According to Downdetetector.com, the problem started in the evening around 4 p.m. and alive outage map showed users in India, Europe, Brazil and in Southeast Asia were affected by the outage.

“WhatsApp is restoring the service. The server issue should be fixed now,” said WABetainfo.com, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp.

“2 min silence for the peoples who talked about the updates on last post,” tweeted one user.

“Stickers can be sent now, the service should be restored completely soon,” tweeted another.

WhatsApp was yet to notify users about how the problem began.

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#whatsappdown trended on twitter with 8,246 Tweets as a large number of reports from users stated that WhatsApp is currently down or not working. Pixabay

People rushed to Twitter to report the issue.

“Me waiting for my WhatsApp status update to actually upload. #whatsappdown,” tweeted a user.

Another joined: “RIP WhatsApp. Impossible mandate file multimedia.”

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#whatsappdown trended on twitter with 8,246 Tweets as a large number of reports from users stated that WhatsApp is currently down or not working. (IANS)