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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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Dark Mode on WhatsApp to Make a Debut Soon For iOS

The iPhone users will be able to run this feature on iOS 13 and the icons in dark mode are in blue and grey colour schemes

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Apart from Dark Mode, WhatsApp is also testing a new beta update for iOS users which would bring features like hide muted status update, splash screen and app badge improvements, among others. Pixabay

Dark Mode for WhatsApp has been in the news for long but the feature may debut sooner on the messasing app starting with the iOS users.

The iPhone users will be able to run this feature on iOS 13 and the icons in dark mode are in blue and grey colour schemes, according to WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp updates.

Additionally, WhatsApp is also testing a new beta update for iOS users which would bring features like hide muted status update, splash screen and app badge improvements, among others.

WhatsApp’s new splash screen would essentially let users see the WhatsApp logo whenever they open the app on their iPhones. This is also available on the Android beta app.

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Dark Mode for WhatsApp has been in the news for long but the feature may debut sooner on the messasing app starting with the iOS users. Pixabay

Last week, WhatsApp has added a new privacy setting, which will let users decide whether they want to join a group on the messaging platform or not.

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To enable it, users need to go to “Settings” in the app, then tap Account, Privacy and Groups and select one of three options: “Everyone,” “My Contacts,” or “My Contacts Except.” (IANS)