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News Corp. launches news aggregation site Knewz to counter Facebook, Google – Source Reuters Tech News

(Reuters) – What if Rupert Murdoch redesigned Google News?

News Corp (NWSA.O) on Wednesday launched a free news aggregation service, Knewz, to address its long-held criticism of how Google and Facebook (FB.O) treat publishers and journalists.

The service uses artificial intelligence to scan more than 400 national and local news sources across the political spectrum – including Mother Jones, Washington Examiner, and The Nation – and relies on a small team of editors and technical staff to curate articles.

News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson and Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch have criticized Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google and Facebook for siphoning the profits out of the news business by not adequately paying publications for content and preventing smaller publications from showing up in Google searches and Facebook feeds.

News Corp – which publishes the Wall Street Journal – designed Knewz to show that a service can aggregate news in a publisher-friendly manner,…

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