This is the TechSummit Rewind, a daily recap of the top technology headlines.
Google will launch dedicated search results for mobile
Within months, Google will create a separate index for mobile that will become the “primary” index used for responding to search queries. A separate desktop index will be maintained, however it won’t be as up-to-date as the mobile index.
Facebook updates Instagram Windows 10 app to support PC, tablets
Facebook has updated its Windows 10 app for Instagram to support PCs and tablets. The new version is available now in the Windows Store.
The app has its own Live Tile that shows you new photos and notifications right on your home screen. It’s pretty much a carbon copy of the Instagram apps for iOS and Android, including the ability to post and edit photos (only on devices with a touchscreen and rear-facing camera), get notifications, chat with Instagram Direct, and use Stories and the bevy of other features you’d expect.
Google News rolls out “fact check” tag for stories on web, mobile apps
Google News has launched a new fact check feature in search results for news stories.
Fact check will now appear as a label among news search results, alongside other labels like opinion, local source, and highly cited.
Fact-checks are algorithmically being connected with live news stories partly based on Claim Review. According to Google, fact-checking services can apply to have their service included.
“We’re excited to see the growth of the Fact Check community and to shine a light on its efforts to divine fact from fiction, wisdom from spin.”
-Google, in a blog post
Fact check labels are visible in the expanded story box on Google News’ website, on iOS and Android, and will roll out first in the U.S. and U.K.
Amazon opens limited beta for Alexa to manage lists; Any.do, Todoist now work with Echo
Amazon has opened up a limited beta that adds the ability for lists to be managed with the company’s Echo speaker.
Any.Do and Todoist have baked in support, which lets you add items to your to-do or shopping list with your voice. Those lists are then synced to the app.
The list API lets you specify which to-do list service you want to add your item to. Once Any.Do/Todoist is connected to your Alexa account and set as the default list app, adding items to your list becomes as simple as saying “Alexa add Oreos to my shopping list” or “remind me to get the oil changed.” You can also ask Alexa for a summary of what’s on your to-do list.
The API is currently in private beta, and integration is available now with Any.Do and Todoist.
Yahoo revives email forwarding
Yahoo has flipped back on automatic mail forwarding after disabling it earlier this week. According to the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company, “previously planned maintenance to improve its functionality between a user’s various accounts” caused the issue.
Verizon starts selling 30-minute unlimited data sessions
Verizon has announced PopData, an option for pay-as-you-go unlimited data that sets you back $2 for a 30-minute session and $3 for an hour-long unlimited data binge.
Samsung expects to lose another $3.1 billion after Note 7 recall
According to Samsung, the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 will cost the Korean company another $3.1 billion over the next two fiscal quarters.
“The company already allocated the expected direct cost from the discontinuation of Galaxy Note7 sales in its third quarter earnings guidance revision announced on Oct. 11, but expects the drop in revenue from the discontinued sales to continue to have a negative impact on operating impact for the next two quarters. The negative impact is estimated in the mid-2 trillion-won range in the fourth quarter of 2016 and at approximately 1 trillion won for the first quarter of 2017.”
- Samsung, in a statement
Salesforce rules out Twitter takeover
Salesforce has confirmed that it will not make a bid in Twitter.
“In this case we’ve walked away. It wasn’t the right fit for us.”
-Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO
Shazam adds in-app music video channels
Shazam has added videos to its arsenal thanks to a partnership with music video platform Vadio. When you ID a song, a curated music video channel will now pop up and play within the app.
“We continually look for new ways to expand the ways in which our users can discover music. We want to give fans a great reason to spend more time with Shazam by giving them access to a rich and immersive music video experience. In turn, this creates new revenue opportunities for artists and, moreover, powerful ways of gaining exposure for brands.”
-Fabio Santini, Shazam chief product officer
The new feature will be available everywhere the app is active.
Naspers sells Allegro to Permira consortium for $3.3B
Media and internet holding company Naspers has agreed to sell off Polish online auction business Allegro to a consortium of private equity firms that includes Cinvne, Permira, and Mid Europa for $3.25 billion.
Comparison shopping business Ceneo.pl was also included in the transaction.
According to Naspers, the deal is still subject to antitrust clearance.