Google News will allow free access to paywalled articles from news sites

As part of its $1 billion investment in partnerships with news publishers, Google will start paying for some paywalled content for its News Showcase program. News Showcase, a new addition to Google News that launched in October, displays story panels curated by publishers — but its not available in the US yet.





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News Showcase will “start offering people access to paywalled content in partnership with select news publishers,” says a Google blog post. Google will pay partners for limited access to paywalled content. To access that content, users will still have to register with the individual publishers.

Users in the US shouldn’t get too excited about free articles just yet. Google lists partnerships with publishers in several countries, but the US is not currently on the list. News Showcase went live in October in Brazil and Germany. Publications in other countries, including

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Enterprise tips for managing the multicloud (free PDF)

More companies than ever are using multiple cloud providers to deploy their applications. 

A recent TechRepublic Premium poll shows that 81% of respondents use or plan to use services from multiple cloud vendors in the next 12 months. In F5’s 2020 State of Application Services Report, nearly a third of respondents reported that more half of their applications will be in the cloud by the end of 2020.

While taking a multicloud approach offers plenty of advantages, if organizations lack a management strategy those perceived advantages could evolve into challenging obstacles.

In this special report, TechRepublic and ZDNet journalists investigate how multiple cloud providers can be managed to an organisation’s best advantage. 

You can download all the articles as a free PDF ebook (free registration required)  

Here’s a look at what’s in this free PDF ebook. 

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Special Report: Managing the Multicloud (free PDF)

More companies than ever are

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Core Development Group Launches Zero-Cost PPA, 10 Years Free Energy Offer

MAHWAH, N.J., Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Core Development Group, a leading solar energy developer, announced today that is officially offering a Zero-Cost PPA with 10 years of free energy for companies and non-profit entities in New Jersey and Washington D.C.

The Zero-Cost PPA  is a No Up-Front and No-Cost-Energy offer for non-profits and commercial/industrial electric consumers in N.J. and Washington D.C. Core Development will assess your site for feasibility, and in 90% or more cases, they will offer a design-build-own-operate contract with building owners for 10 years of free energy. This means the energy portion of a participating customer’s bill will be significantly decreased for ten years, while the customer still pays the utility each month for other delivery and service charges. 

“We are extremely proud and humbled to be able to provide 10 years of free energy with our new Zero-Cost PPA offer, especially as companies and

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Zoom’s surging free user base dents margins as cloud costs rise

(Reuters) — Zoom warned on Monday its gross margins would remain under pressure going into 2021 as the surging number of free users of its video conferencing service makes it hard to offset a spike in costs to maintain its growth.

Shares of the company, which have risen about sevenfold this year fueled by the meteoric rise in demand in video conferencing for work, school or socializing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fell 5% after the bell, despite upbeat fourth-quarter forecasts.

Zoom operates some of its own data centers, but it also relies on cloud computing services from outside vendors such as Amazon.com and Oracle, meaning it must bear costs for free users.

Those bills, driven in part by a jump in free users in the third quarter as millions of students and teachers started new school semesters, pushed down Zoom’s gross profit margins to 66.7%, below analysts’

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Shazam Promotion Offers Users Up to Five Free Months of Apple Music

Apple is offering up to a five-month free trial of Apple Music to new users of the streaming service, with the promotion appearing in the company’s Shazam music identification app.

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Apple usually offers up to a three-month free trial of Apple Music to users who haven’t subscribed to the service before, so this latest promotion represents one of its best deals yet.

To access the promotion, download the Shazam app on your iPhone or iPad, then identify a song that’s playing in your environment by tapping the big Shazam icon in the app. After recognizing the song, you should see the option to play the track in Apple Music.

Tap the option and you should see the five-month free trial offer of Apple Music appear. Some users have also had success activating the promotion by opening Shazam’s options screen and tapping the Apple Music banner.

According to Shazam’s App Store

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Black Friday 2020: best iPhone deals offer free phones, cash discounts on the new iPhone 12

Apple has released its strongest iPhone lineup yet, and retailers are making it easy to get the new models with deals, bundles, and discounts during Black Friday. Check out the latest free phone offers and special incentives on the new iPhone 12, along with the budget-friendly iPhone SE.

Black Friday iPhone deals at wireless carriers

The iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max are here, and wireless carriers are hoping to entice you into switching to their service with competitive deals. Many of the offers require new service, new lines, or trading in an old phone, so check the specific terms and conditions pertaining to each offer, but it’s a great way to save on a wide assortment of iPhones when bundled with service.

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Verizon’s Black Friday sales include a free iPhone SE promotion via bill credits, along with 50%

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E-LEARN Act would provide free internet to all students during COVID-19

Thousands of New York students have been attempting to learn online without internet access during the COVID-19 pandemic, but new legislation seeks to change that.



Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Shelley Mayer that are looking at the camera: State Sen. Shelley Mayer is education chair of the NY state Senate.


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State Sen. Shelley Mayer is education chair of the NY state Senate.

The E-LEARN act, announced Tuesday by Sens. Shelley Mayer, D-Westchester, John Liu, D-Queens, and Pete Harckham, D-Putnam, would provide free broadband access to every student and school in the state for the duration of the pandemic. That access would be funded by internet service providers.

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“We are not complying with the state constitution,” Liu said. “The New York State Constitution requires us to provide a sound basic education for all of the school kids in the state of New York. In this day and age, that is impossible without quality broadband internet access. 

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Arcos Offers “Vent Navigator” CDS Software Free for Six Months to Support COVID-19-Associated ARDS Treatment

MISSOURI CITY, Texas, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Arcos, Inc. announced today it would provide six months’ free use of Vent Navigator™, a new Clinical Decision Support (CDS) tool for patients suffering from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), to users who sign up at ArcosMedical.com by March 31, 2021.

“Given that the influx of COVID-19 patients is stretching critical care resources so thinly, we decided to offer Vent Navigator for free during this time to support critical care professionals,” said Chris Meador, President and Co-founder of Arcos. “Vent Navigator provides evidence-based recommendations for lung-protective ventilator settings, spontaneous breathing trials (SBTs), and extubation.”

Features and benefits of Vent Navigator include:

  • Embedded protocols and complex decision trees, including ARDSNet and PALICC guidelines and SBT criteria
  • Recommendations for ventilator setting changes in PEEP/FiO2, as well as tidal volume and inspiratory pressure, based on ongoing blood gas test results
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Microsoft Adds New Free Features for Teams as It Battles Zoom

Microsoft  (MSFT) – Get Report continues adding new features to its Teams collaboration platform at a breakneck pace, as it tries to gain more ground against the likes of Zoom  (ZM) – Get Report and Slack  (WORK) – Get Report.

On Friday, the software giant expanded support for personal (non-business) Teams accounts to its PC and web browser apps. And notably — with the holiday season on the way — Microsoft will now let personal account users host up to 24-hour video calls featuring up to 300 people.

In addition, chats on Teams’ mobile apps now support non-Teams users via SMS integration, and (provided that both parties consent) Teams users can get notifications when a friend or relative arrives at a designated location.

The new features arrive two months after Microsoft revealed several features for Teams that are aimed at business users. These

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Fisher River Cree Nation gives students free laptops and internet access for online learning



a person in a blue shirt sitting on a desk: Grade 12 student Koby Wilson is one of 230 students in Fisher River Cree Nation who received a laptop and MiFi box for online schooling.


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Grade 12 student Koby Wilson is one of 230 students in Fisher River Cree Nation who received a laptop and MiFi box for online schooling.

Fisher River Cree Nation is making the transition to online learning easier by giving students in the community a free laptop or iPad and internet connection device.

“It’s a great thing… because not every family actually has the money to afford a laptop,” said Grade 12 student Koby Wilson.

Wilson is one of 470 students who attend the two schools in the community about 170 kilometres north of Winnipeg. He works part time at the local restaurant and is a councillor for Fisher River’s junior chief and council. 

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During the first few weeks of the school year, students were given paper homework packages. 

In October, the Fisher River Education Authority received an order of 230 Toshiba laptops which were given to

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