Facebook will start paying UK news sites for news stories

As with the US News section, the UK tab will offer a mix of personalized and curated top stories. Facebook will normally show top headlines and stories, but will add news digests with original and “authoritative” reporting during major news cycles. The tab will build on the success of the US site, Facebook said, “where we’ve found more than 95 percent of the traffic Facebook News delivers to publishers is new audiences that have not interacted with those news outlets in the past.”

Facebook didn’t say how much it would pay publishers, but some expect millions of pounds each year from multi-year details, The Guardian reported. That means Facebook could be paying tens of millions in the UK alone, much-needed revenue for struggling news outlets. It may also feature smaller local sites that

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There Are Now Stories Everywhere, Even on Spotify

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It’s almost as if the little glowing story circles are following us everywhere. They’re on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Twitter and now, even on Spotify.

This week, some users noticed the circles on popular Spotify playlists, including the “Christmas Hits” playlist, which I myself listened a lot while trying not to burn my mashed potatoes. In case any of you had any doubts, Spotify helpfully included a message that read, “Tap to see the story,” per a video posted by the YouTuber and gamer TmarTn2.

Roughly one week after Twitter debuted its Fleets, posts similar to Instagram stories that disappear after 24 hours, Spotify has quietly started testing its own version of stories on a select number of its playlists. In a statement to Engadget, the company confirmed that the stories were a test, but provided

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How to back up your smartphone photos, Reviews News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – If there’s anything more precious than your smartphone, it must be the pictures in it.

You can buy a new phone but not the photos and the memories. So, it is imperative to perform regular backups. Here are some tips to help you do that.

Cloud storage

– Google Photos

Android phone users can try the Google Photos app, native to the Android platform, to automatically back up photos whenever you are connected to the Internet.

You just need to enable the back up and sync function in the app to enable this. Just click on the Google account icon on the top right corner of the app.

You have two options – original and high quality. The latter is currently free but Google will “optimise” or compress the uploaded photos.

From June 1 next year, any new high-quality photos uploaded will count towards the 15GB free storage

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Twitter is rolling out its stories feature “Fleets” globally

  • Twitter is rolling out its stories feature “Fleets” globally this week.
  • And the social media company hopes the feature will drive user egagement.
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Twitter is rolling out its stories feature “Fleets” globally this week, with the hopes of driving higher user engagement with the platform.

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Twitter hopes it can create an easier way for users to post on the platform with Fleets.


Users can post Fleets that contain text, photos, videos, and reactions to tweets, and they will disappear after 24 hours, with sticker and livestreaming options available later. Twitter first began beta testing Fleets in Brazil back in March, before expanding to India, Italy, Japan, and South Korea. Following moves by Pinterest and LinkedIn, this is another social media platform launching ephemeral content

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IBM to hire and train 300 Singaporeans in emerging tech areas over next 4 years, Business News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – IBM will hire and train 300 Singaporeans in emerging tech areas over the next four years, under a memorandum of intent (MOI) that was signed by the tech giant and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) on Friday (Nov 20).

Applicants will receive training for roles such as data scientists and cloud architects in the company-led training initiative, which falls under IMDA’s TechSkills Accelerator Programme.

Of the 300 roles on offer, 60 are for mid-career professionals, while the other 240 are open to both new and mid-career professionals.

The initiative is part of IBM’s Future-Ready Intelligent Digital Workforce Programme, which aims to meet the demand for technology consulting and deep technical skills – both needed to support the acceleration of digital transformation across all industries. It is also in support of the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package.

Participants in IBM’s programme will be exposed to emerging technologies such

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Six new members join Emerging Stronger Taskforce, including from labour, sustainability and medical sectors, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Six new members have been appointed to the task force charting the direction of Singapore’s economic recovery post-Covid-19, to bring in new perspectives as the team explores new areas of growth opportunities.

The newcomers to the Emerging Stronger Taskforce (EST), which will now have 23 members in total, include Ms Jessie Yeo, executive secretary of the Singapore Port Workers Union and human resource director of the National Trades Union Congress.

“The work of the EST is important as it will have a direct impact on our workers and the skills that they will need, to thrive in the future economy. I look forward to building on the work of the EST and the Alliances for Action (AfAs) to strengthen this perspective on jobs and skills,” she said at a press conference on Thursday (Nov 19).

The AfAs are industry-led coalitions tasked to devise ideas and generate new jobs

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Twitter rolls out Stories, aka ‘Fleets,’ to all users; will also test a Clubhouse rival

Twitter this morning is launching its own version of Stories — aka “Fleets” — to its global user base. The product, which allows users to post ephemeral content that disappears in 24 hours, had already rolled out to select markets including Brazil, India, Italy, South Korea, and most recently, Japan. The company, in a press briefing on Monday, also revealed its plans to test an audio-based social networking feature similar to the controversial app Clubhouse.

Like Clubhouse, Twitter’s new audio spaces will allow people to gather for live conversations with another person or a group of people.

This is an area that, so far, has faced significant moderation challenges due to the nature of live audio. Clubhouse, though still in a private, invite-only testing phase, has already seen several high-profile incidents of moderation failure, including the harassment of a New York Times reporter, and another conversation that delved into antisemitism.

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Singapore School of Science and Technology and Ngee Ann Poly to launch Integrated Diploma Programme, Parenting & Education News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – The Singapore School of Science and Technology (SST) and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) will be launching a pilot Integrated Diploma Programme (IDP).

It is for students who are strong academically and display an aptitude in applied Science, technology, engineering, as well as mathematics (Stem). They must also want to pursue a polytechnic education.

Under the programme, students from SST will progress directly to a Stem course in NP without having to sit the O levels.

The IDP was announced by Education Minister Lawrence Wong on Tuesday (Nov 17) at SST’s 10th anniversary celebrations, which was held virtually.

SST is a specialised independent school that offers a four-year secondary O-level programme, with a focus on applied learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering, aesthetics and mathematics.

The applied learning approach is to connect theoretical concepts to real life applications.

There are three other specialised independent schools in Singapore

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Smartphone app shown to be effective in helping women control diabetes during pregnancy, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – A smartphone app designed for women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) has proven effective in helping the women control their blood sugar levels and prevent GDM-related complications in their babies.

This was found in a 14-month clinical trial conducted by researchers from the National University Hospital on 340 pregnant women in Singapore.

GDM affects one in five pregnant women in Singapore. Having elevated blood sugar levels can cause complications for both mother and the baby.

In most cases, the condition develops from the middle to the end of pregnancy, and resolves after the women give birth.

The app, Habits-GDM, incorporates a coaching programme that guides users on diet and exercise. It also helps them track their blood sugar levels and weight, and a chat function connects them to healthcare professionals.

The use of this app by the pregnant women with GDM – in addition to usual care –

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The top space stories of the week!

NASA and SpaceX inch closer to the launch of the Crew-1 mission, President-elect Biden announced the eight people in his NASA transition team and an icy moon around Jupiter may glow in the dark. These are some of the top stories this week from Space.com. 

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Scientists observed a strange, incredibly bright flash. 

Scientists studied an incredibly-bright cosmic flash by using facilities like NASA’s Swift Observatory in space, the Very Large Array in New Mexico and the Keck Observatory in Hawaii. The strange phenomenon may have been caused by the collision of two dense neutron stars that then formed a highly-magnetized neutron star, or magnetar.


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An icy solar-system moon might glow in the dark.

A new study suggests that Europa, the icy moon orbiting Jupiter, glows in the dark. A

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