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Google to Pay Apple $9 Billion To Stay as its Default Search Engine

While the free iCloud storage tier still remains at just 5GB, more users are now willing to pay the monthly fee to get access to more storage

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Google is reportedly paying Apple a whopping $9 billion in 2018 to remain the default search engine for iPhone’s Safari browser on iOS, the media reported.

According to Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall (via Business Insider), this number would only continue to grow, potentially leading to a payment of $12 billion in 2019, 9to5Mac reported late on Saturday.

While Apple uses Google as the default search engine in Safari on iOS, the company also uses Bing in various other places such as searching the web via Siri.

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An Apple store in Woodbridge, Virginia. (VOA)

Apple has been touting that services will be a huge area of growth for the company, as sales of its hardware start to peak.

Apple Music has seen steady growth since its inception back in 2015.

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While the free iCloud storage tier still remains at just 5GB, more users are now willing to pay the monthly fee to get access to more storage. (IANS)

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Google Enters 3-Year Partnership With UK Publisher Archant For Project Neon

Google has entered into a three-year partnership with UK publisher Archant for Project Neon, targeting local news

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One of the main building at Google's headquarters for European operations in Dublin Ireland. Wikimedia Commons

In a bid to build a sustainable digital model for local news, Google has entered into a three-year partnership with UK publisher Archant for Project Neon which will target up to three communities, identified as being currently underserved by local news.

The project will build new all-digital news platforms for those communities, created in a concerted effort to reverse the commercial challenges local news publishers have faced in the past decade.

“Project Neon will rethink local news from every perspective, from storytelling to layout, from business models to website design,” Matt Kelly, Chief Content Officer, Archant, said in a blog post on Thursday.

 

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Archant is the second partner worldwide in this project, following McClatchy in the US. VOA

As part of the partnership, Archant’s project team will work closely with a team of experts at Google, who are providing funding for the project as part of the “Local Experiments Project” of the Google News Initiative.

Archant is the second partner worldwide in this project, following McClatchy in the US.

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“Nobody can accurately predict how the future of local journalism will look. But with our shared vision for building strong communities, Archant and the Google News Initiative will break new ground towards the goal of a local news industry that not only survives, but thrives,” Kelly said. (IANS)