Chinese State Media’s AI News Anchor

Xinhua (China’s state media) in collaboration with Chinese search engine Sogou, has just unveiled its Chinese- and English-speaking AI news anchor. Its evening slot wasn’t just a test run, in fact, “the simulations can be used on its website and social media platforms” now, but there’s no word on whether any TV channels have picked it up. Created to deliver news in a 24-hour cycle, …

Google’s New Initiative Will Use Tech to Write Local News Stories

In an effort to cover areas not presently serviced because of the financial woes of newsrooms, Google has committed over $800,000 to develop a software that automates news for The Press Association in the UK. Known as Radar—Reporters And Data And Robots—the service should be able to produce more than 30,000 local news stories per month, turning data into readable content. This division of Google’s …

Twitter’s Identity as a News Organization

For many dedicated Twitter users, the service feels like it’s populated by only a few types of people: journalists, celebrities, comedians and those watching it all unfold. This spring, the Twitter app pivoted its categorization in the iOS store from social networking service to news platform. And that move was understandable. Twitter is where news breaks first or where many of us learn of it …

Facebook is Changing Its News Feed Algorithm

As we all grow accustomed to Instagram’s (much complained about) new algorithm, over the coming weeks your Facebook feed is also going to change. Users of the social media platform can expect to see more wedding photos, personal announcements and less news, thanks to the update. Adam Mosseri (Facebook’s VP of product management) says “Facebook was built on the idea of connecting people with their …

Best of CH 2015: Link About It

From weird-tasting water to the origins of the "Jazz" paper cup design, the headlines that caught our eye in 2015

If there’s anything more fleeting than a real-time occurrence, it’s an event that takes place on internet time. This year, thousands on thousands of headlines streamed through our digital feeds—some so bizarre, enlightening or innovative that we were compelled to share them through Link About It, our daily look at the web. In 2015, our readers were curious to dig deeper into familiar phenomena, from …