Google automates local news journalism, Snapchat Discover expands in France & Facebook subscriptions set to launch: this week in media

Google automates local news journalism, Snapchat Discover expands in France & Facebook subscriptions set to launch: this week in media

Google funds new software product to automate writing local news

Google is awarding the Press Association, a large British news agency, $805,000 to build software to automate the writing of 30,000 local stories a month.  Read more on Recode >>

Snapchat Discover expands in France

Four more publishers in France — Vogue, MTV, L’Express and Society — joined Snapchat Discover this week, increasing the number of media partners there from eight to 12.  Read more on Digiday >>

Catalan newspaper launches ‘print at home’ edition

Catalan title VilaWeb, is now giving its subscribers the option to print an edition of its paper, with a new product called VilaWeb Paper.  Read more on Journalism.co.uk >>

Facebook is preparing to test paid subscriptions with publications

Facebook is moving ahead on plans to let people subscribe to publications through Instant Articles via metered paywalls and freemium models.  Read more on Digiday >>

Latest SnapChat update allows you to send links to friends

Snapchat’s latest update on iOS and Android now lets users link a website to your snap; swiping up to view whatever you link in Snapchat’s internal browser.  Read more on The Verge >>

Altice grows EU footprint, Facebook preps $200 VR headset & on-demand audio soars: this week in media

Altice grows EU footprint, Facebook preps $200 VR headset & on-demand audio soars: this week in media

Snap launches Snap Map, YouTube announces 180 degree VR format & MTG acquires games publisher Kongregate: this week in media

Snap launches Snap Map, YouTube announces 180 degree VR format & MTG acquires games publisher Kongregate: this week in media