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Pre-installed apps are reshaping the web traffic universe

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Facebook and Twitter are declining as news and media referral sources on mobile, according to a report from traffic analytics company Chartbeat, which finds that users are increasingly using search for news as well as migrating to publisher and news aggregation apps.

Why it matters: The increase of social media distribution on smartphones meant that more people generally had access to more news and information than ever before, but a lot of it was unvetted, one-sided or outright false.

Facebook's big bet on telecom gear

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Facing both saturation and user fatigue in its core base, Facebook has based a big part of its growth strategy on getting the next billion users online.

The backdrop: Facebook's approach historically has involved partnering with telecom providers to offer users access to certain mobile data for free.