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Reverberate: Media and marketing news you need to know today – Windows 10 summer launch, the Guardian teams up with FT & CNN & new Twitter anti-harassment tool


By Rebecca Stewart | Trends Editor

March 18, 2015 | 5 min read

Morning all, here’s a glimpse at all the media and marketing news you should know today.

Reverberate: Media and marketing news you need to know today

1. Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 will launch this summer across 190 counties and 11 languages, notes Business Insider. The computing giant made the announcement via a blog which came out of the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in China.

2. The Guardian has announced that it will team with up the Financial Times, CNN, Reuters and the Economist to pool their digital advertising space. The move, which comes in retaliation against the drain of ad spend to tech giants such as Microsoft, Google and Facebook will be named the Pangaea Alliance and give brands access to more than 110 million online readers.

3. Twitter has introduced a tool that will make it easier for users to report threatening tweets to the police, says Mashable. Users who report harassment will now have the option of receiving an emailed report, summarizing the tweet and containing information that may be relevant to law enforcement.

4. Google is to follow in Apple's footsteps by ensuring Android apps are now reviewed by its team before you users can download them, reports The Verge. The tech firm has announced that apps distributed through the Google Play store will now be manually tested and reviewed to uncover violations and malware.

5. And in other Google news, the company has filed a patent application with the World Intellectual Property Organization for a wrist-worn device that could destroy cancer, claims the Times. The patent application, named 'Nanoparticle Phoresis', describes a wearable device that 'can automatically modify or destroy one or more targets in the blood that have an adverse health effect'.

6. Facebook has added a payment feature to its messaging app to compete with Venmo, PayPal and Snapchat's Snapcash, reports NBC. This add-on relies on debit and credit details to make payments and will be rolled out over the coming months in the US.

7. Forbes has acquired photo-sharing app Camerama with a view to bolstering its online sharing capabilities, writes the MediaPost. The technology will serve as a basis for the media firm's new platform of apps to be developed by Salah Akram Zalatimo, who is joining Forbes from Camerama as vice-president of mobile products.

8. Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick has been charged by South Korean police on suspicion of operating illegal taxi services alongside 30 others involved with the ride-sharing firm's operation in the country. The Verge asserts that Kalanick has so far refused to enter Korea to stand trial but officials say they will seek an arrest warrant if he continues to disobey the summons.

9. Ford is pairing up with Microsoft to create a new cloud-based network that would allow it to beam down new programming to its cars, notes the Wall Street Journal. The technology, which will launch this year, will update everything including display screen graphics and voice-recognition software.

10. And Apple is allegedly working on its very own version of Google Glass, reports Business Insider. Whilst details are sparse the Silicon Valley firm is said to have a small team working and exploring the augmented reality space.

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