Snapchat is reportedly in talks with media outlets to launch a news-based service.

Referred to as Snapchat Discovery, the service will deliver self-destructing news items and adverts to users, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The company is said to have held discussions with 12 content providers, including the Daily Mail newspaper, to supply bulletins for the platform.

The news is expected to take the form of ephemeral text articles as well as video reports, and the service could allegedly launch as soon as November.

Snapchat, which has more than 40 million members, rolled out its biggest update in May when video calls and instant messaging were introduced to the platform.

CEO Evan Spiegel is said to have been researching ways to monetise the app for some time, and Snapchat Discovery could be the answer he is seeking.

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Twitter has altered its terms and conditions to allow users to request the removal of images of deceased family members from the social network.

The new policy enables account holders to lodge a formal request for the removal of media "from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death".

Twitter said in a statement: "In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances.

"Immediate family members and other authorised individuals may request the removal of images or video of deceased individuals, from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death."

The firm said that it is unable to honour every removal request, as public interest factors such as the "newsworthiness" of the content must be considered in each instance.

Twitter recently pledged to introduce reforms after Zelda Williams was subjected to abuse in the wake of the death of her father, Robin Williams.


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Twitter has altered its terms and conditions to allow users to request the removal of images of deceased family members from the social network.

The new policy enables account holders to lodge a formal request for the removal of media "from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death".

Twitter said in a statement: "In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances.

"Immediate family members and other authorised individuals may request the removal of images or video of deceased individuals, from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death."

The firm said that it is unable to honour every removal request, as public interest factors such as the "newsworthiness" of the content must be considered in each instance.

Twitter recently pledged to introduce reforms after Zelda Williams was subjected to abuse in the wake of the death of her father, Robin Williams.


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The PlayStation Network is due for a scheduled maintenance on the upcoming Bank Holiday in the UK.

Sony's online gaming service will be offline from this Monday (August 25) at 5.40pm UK time until Tuesday, August 26 at 0.50am.

PlayStation users will be unable to access several services during the maintenance period, including the PlayStation Store, PSN account management and Network account registration.

Entertainment services and online gameplay will also be unavailable, and consumers won't be able to sign into PSN via the PlayStation website.

Earlier this week, the PlayStation 4 received new PlayStation Camera software that can be downloaded as free DLC for The Playroom from the PlayStation Store.

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The EA Sports Season Ticket scheme is entering its final year, Electronic Arts has announced.

Season Ticket, which grants Xbox 360 and PS3 users early access to EA Sports games and discounts on DLC, will be discontinued from March 2015.

Subscribers will continue to enjoy the benefits of the scheme until the following March.

"As more and more of our fans move to the new generation of consoles, we felt the time was right to start the process of concluding Season Ticket for the Xbox 360 and PS3," reads an EA Sports statement.

FIFA 15, NHL 15 and Madden NFL 15 will be the final games to utilise the scheme, which is available at a new lower price.

In addition to early access and discounts, users will also receive 24 Weeks of Ultimate Team Packs.

The EA Sports Season Pass has been replaced by EA Access on Xbox One.

Similar to PlayStation Plus, EA Access gives Xbox One users the chance to pay a monthly or yearly fee to unlock a selection of EA games and receive discounts and early access to new releases.

Sony declined the opportunity to offer the service on PS4, suggesting that it doesn't fit in with its digital ecosystem.

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Minecraft on PlayStation 4 has failed Sony's certification test, it has been revealed.

4J Studios must resubmit its rendition of the open-world sandbox title to the publisher, the developer said on Twitter.

The PS4 version of the game contains worlds 36 times bigger than the ones on PlayStation 3.

Existing players on PS3 will be able to import saves to the PS4 version, allowing them to continue where they left off after upgrading.

The title is still scheduled to arrive later this month on both PS4 and Xbox One.


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No Man's Sky would take approximately 5 billion years to fully explore, according to Hello Games.

Co-founder Sean Murray told IGN that the game has been created on the scale of two to the power of 64 planets.

The team originally used a 32-bit number to generate worlds, which would have taken "four or five thousand years" to explore at one second a planet.

However, the scale was increased when a message board thread pointed out that the game couldn't be infinite.

Originally unveiled at last year's Spike VGX Awards, No Man's Sky is a procedurally-generated science fiction game about exploration and survival.

Distant planets and vast underwater environments will be fully accessible to users, while spaceship battles and potential predators can also be encountered.

The game will launch as a timed exclusive on PS4, and has also been confirmed for PC.


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Microsoft is planning to launch a 500GB Xbox 360 hard drive.

The upgraded hard drive will be compatible with the Xbox 360 Slim and 'E' models, according to Eurogamer.

It is currently only available to pre-order in North America, where it is listed for $109 (£65).

Microsoft is yet to announce plans to release the hard drive in Europe. It is also without a launch date.

The device is being advertised alongside Games with Gold, which rewards Gold members with free games each month.

Dishonored is currently available as part of the Games with Gold scheme on Xbox 360, while Strike Suit Zero and Crimson Dragon are free on Xbox One.

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Steve Ballmer has resigned from Microsoft's Board of Directors, six months after stepping down as the company's CEO.

The 58-year-old is leaving to focus on other commitments, namely his recent purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team.

"In the six months since leaving, I have become very busy. I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time," Ballmer said in a statement.

"Given my confidence and the multitude of new commitments I am taking on now, I think it would be impractical for me to continue to serve on the board, and it is best for me to move off.

"The fall will be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA season so my departure from the board is effective immediately."

Ballmer added that he "bleeds Microsoft", having worked at the company for 34 years.

In response, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thanked Ballmer for the support during his transition period.

"It's been a great privilege to have worked with you and learned from you," he replied. "Under your leadership, we created an incredible foundation that we continue to build on - and Microsoft will thrive in the mobile-first, cloud-first world.

"While your insights and leadership will be greatly missed as part of the board, I understand and support your decision."

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Details about YouTube's long-rumoured music subscription platform have emerged once again.

Android Police have obtained screenshots of the new service which will apparently be called YouTube Music Key.

The leak seems genuine as YouTube owner Google has already registered the URL youtubemusickey.com.

Like similar products on the market, Music Key will offer ad-free music playback at $9.99. Users will also be able to listen to songs and videos offline.

There is also audio-only playback, which enables users to play music in the background or when the screen is off.

The $9.99 monthly subscription will also give users access to Google Play All Access, which will be renamed Google Play Music Key.

YouTube Music Key will reportedly have greater focus on concert footage, covers and remixes on top of official discographies.

In May, it was reported that Google's music service for the video sharing website had been delayed due to alleged bullying tactics being used to force independent record labels to sign up to its streaming service.

The game now looks set for Music Key, but there is no word on when it will be released.


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