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News aggregation apps take on Big Tech

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Illustration: Aida Amer/Axios

Several companies and investors around the globe are pouring billions of dollars into a new wave of news aggregation apps that they hope will steer news traffic away from tech giants like Google and Facebook.

Why it matters: The dominance of a handful of tech companies over the entire news and information landscape is worrying policymakers around the world.

Google's clickless era

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Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

For the first time last month, a majority of all browser-based Google searches resulted in zero clicks, according to a new study from software company Sparktoro.

Why it matters: The report's author notes that Google's functionality has changed to keep users within the Google ecosystem, not to always refer them outside of it. "We’ve passed a milestone in Google’s evolution from search engine to walled-garden," he writes.