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Facebook may begin testing a paywall for selected media stories as soon as October: Facebook could begin testing a paywall for subscription news stories as early as October, according to a top company executive.Campbell Brown, who heads up the social network’s new partnerships business, made the reveal at the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit on Tuesday, The Street reported. We have independently confirmed that, too.“We are in early talks with several news publishers about how we might better support subscription business models on Facebook. As part of the Facebook Journalism Project, we are taking the time to work closely together with our partners and understand their needs,” Brown told TechCrunch in a statement via a spokesperson.– TechCrunch

Google challenges Facebook with customizable news feed for its app : Google rolled out an updated version of its news feed in the Google app that uses machine learning to create customized collections of news stories based both on your search history and topics of your choosing. A limited version of the feed was introduced in December for Android users, but Google added a few new features in Wednesday’s update and expanded it to iOS, Apple’s operating system. Now, the stories that appear will be affected by what’s trending in your geographic location (provided you share it with Google.) Also, you can exert some control over what appears in your feed by “following” certain subjects or personalities. – The Washington Post

Snapchat is doing a daily news show with NBC: Starting this week, NBC News will produce the show, which is called “Stay Tuned,” twice a day for Snapchat’s 166 million users. Each edition will cover the biggest news stories of the day and be a crisp two to three minutes in length. As the first daily video series to air on Snapchat, “Stay Tuned” is the latest development in parent Snap Inc.’s nascent efforts to become a destination for exclusive shows. The company hopes to air up to three shows per day by the end of the year. – Business Insider

Laura Forester
Laura Forester
Senior Social Media & PR Strategist

Laura is responsible for developing and executing channel initiatives for a number of national and local brands. Her approach to content and digital strategy reflects a desire to ensure a consistent and holistic approach to publishing. She also supports the team in more traditional communications efforts, as well. Laura has 10 years of experience working with local and regional clients and media outlets in consumer and corporate accounts for boutique and top-tier creative agencies both regionally and globally. She has excellent planning and organization skills and a fearless commitment to creative results. Her positive outlook keeps her department smiling and motivated. Laura is a graduate of George Washington University with degrees in English and Philosophy. She also holds a Masters from Trinity University in Dublin, Ireland.