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Microsoft releases Hummingbird, a personalized news app powered by AI

Everyone is trying to crack the curated news segment. From Google News to Apple News to Facebook and Twitter's algorithmic feeds, some of the biggest companies out there are doing their best to find the news you want to read, but if I'm being honest, few of them manage to do it. They get close, but I often find articles in my feeds that I have no interest to check. Microsoft is throwing its hat in the ring with a new app, Hummingbird, and my first-run experience with it has left me with the same mixed feelings.

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Google app v8.39 beta prepares to change Voice Match on the lockscreen, continues work on home screen settings and KITT [APK Teardown]

Google began rolling out the traditional friday night update to the beta channel. Like so many other updates, this one brings with it minor tweaks to the interface. Of more interest are the topics for a teardown, which includes changes to Voice Match, migration of more settings for the home screen, and a bit more about KITT.

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Google app v8.33 beta gets closer to opening up notes and lists, prepares personalized news and home screen settings, and more [APK Teardown]

The latest Google app update is rolling out to the beta channel, but as usual, you're probably not going to see much in the way of changes after installing it. The version number lept from 8.27 to 8.33, which looks odd, but I assure you, it makes total sense if you think about it. Today we'll be talking about a new page for home screen settings, more about linking services to notes and lists, personalized news settings, and more.

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Google's new Discover feed is starting to roll out to users, full dark theme in tow

Last week, Google announced a rebranding of its Feed into Discover, tying together multiple server-side changes we had been spotting in the last year. From dividing cards with topic bubbles to having dedicated topic pagesmore/less content controls, a new dark theme, and an asterisk-shaped icon, everything is there in the new update. And that new look is rolling out to more users now.

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Instagram tests two-tab layout for older posts that values recommendations more than your actual feed

On days like this, I start wondering whether Instagram is actively trying to sabotage itself. Or, more accurately, if Facebook is actively trying to sabotage Instagram. The photo and video sharing service has been "experimenting" with varied feed content for a long time, sprinkling in sponsored posts and stories and IGTV videos, but the latest server-side test takes the proverbial cake (and smashes it on the face of a puppy — yes, that's how infuriating this is).

When you scroll back enough to see the "You're all caught up" message, you might get two tabs if you're part of the test.

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Google Feed is now 'Discover,' and it's coming to the mobile Google homepage

Today Google announced that it's rebranding its well-known Feed — a source of news for consumers and referral traffic for providers like Android Police — under the new name "Discover." With the change in name comes the formal announcement of the redesign that's been in testing for a while now, plus more granular control on topics, and multi-language support for different types of content. By far the biggest change, though, is the addition of the new Discover to the Google homepage on mobile.

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Google app v8.12 may bring an end to the Feed widget [APK Teardown]

Updates to the Google app have been rolling out at a faster rate for a little while now, and each brings fewer and fewer overall changes. The latest update has remarkably few changes or additions, but it has shed a lot of old and unused text, which isn't a bad thing. However, one of the additions speaks to one other thing that might be going away soon: the Google Feed widget.

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New news topic pages are showing up in Google Feed

Feed-addicted news junkies have another reason to hit that "Tap to update" button. Google appears to be testing a change to the fickle feature-foisting framework which provides expandable topics filled with more articles on a given news category, accessible via the labeled tags above each.

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Ads are appearing in Google Feed for some

In what seems to be a limited test, the Google Feed has started showing ads for some users. The ads look like you'd expect: otherwise normal cards with a little green "Ad" badge in the corner. Unsurprisingly, people are not pleased.

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Instagram adds ability to share posts to stories

Instagram is constantly adding small features/changes here and there, and the latest one allows you to share any posts you see to your story. So if you see something in your feed that you think your followers will find intriguing, you can now add it to your story with just a few taps.

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