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Facebook To Launch News Pay Wall Feature For Publishers

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Facebook may soon add a pay wall for news content from premium publishers. The company’s news partnerships head Campbell Brown told publishers at an industry event in New York this week that the company is getting ready to test news subscriptions as early as this fall.

Brown’s remarks were first reported by The Street Wednesday, which relayed Brown saying that tests will begin in October.

Details of those tests are still unclear, but Facebook is apparently looking into adopting a metered pay wall model similar to that currently in place at the New York Times. The paper offers users access to up to 10 articles a month for free, after which they have to subscribe to read more.

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Facebook’s publisher pay wall is likely being based on the company’s Instant Articles feature. Facebook launched Instant Articles in cooperation with some select publishers two years ago, giving them a way to publish their stories directly to Facebook’s platform.

The initial pitch was that this would make it easier for Facebook users to consume faster-loading news stories, and thus get publishers access to much bigger audiences.

However, publishers have long criticized that they haven’t been able to monetize Instant Articles to the same degree as content hosted on their own sites.

The New York Times stopped using Instant Articles altogether, as have Forbes and Hearst, according to Digiday. Others have scaled back the number of stories they publish to the platform.

Instant Articles directly competes with Google’s AMP project, which also promises publishers faster mobile load times. AMP has been supporting subscriptions since early 2016, but some publishers have also complained about lagging ad revenue.

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Female Scientist Develops e-Learning Software To Enhance Health Service Delivery

Miss Farida Kabir,  a Scientist, says she has developed an e-learning software for health workers that can help them build their capacity in health service delivery using their mobile phones.

The Microbiologist disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.

She said that the software called O’tract was invented between 2014 and 2015 during the Ebola outbreak in the country.

She said that the software was invented when it became obvious that there were constraints in readily accessing available health information.

“Over the years, people have gotten inappropriate medical advice from some practitioners, especially at the local council level and of course the consequence was disastrous to their health.

“So, with that in mind, it became evident that continuous professional development is essential for health workers and unfortunately not all our health workers can afford travelling abroad for capacity development.

“Also, available seminars and conferences are expensive and not flexible, so to address this problem, I designed O’track to enable health workers to easily choose courses online,’’ Kabir said.

Kabir, who is also an entrepreneur, said that the platform could also enable health workers learn at their own pace on their mobile devices irrespective of their location.

She added that by so doing, they would learn a lot, which would help them in their professions.

Kabir said that the software had a provision for health advocacy tool, which could also help people not in the health sector to be involved in health advocacy.

“If for example, you are not a medical doctor, you have nothing to do with the health sector, and then there is an outbreak of Lassa fever, you can learn what to do and inform others.

“Or you notice an infestation of rat in your house, with the health advocacy tool you can easily log on to and get information on what you need to do.

“There are short and animated clips, audio files and other documents, we also have an e-library database whereby public health researchers can have access to scientific journals, books articles and many others,’’ she said.

Kabir said that the goal of designing the software was to enhance capacity development of health workers toward excellent health delivery services in the country.

She said that the health advocacy tool in the software would educate those outside the health sector about different kinds of diseases and ailments toward building a healthier nation.