Facebook goes after Techmeme with the launch of Techwire

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In April, Facebook launched a standalone feed of news called FB Newswire — powered in part by Storyful, the news-verification startup that News Corp. acquired last year — and now the giant social network has added a tech-specific version of the feature, known as FB Techwire. Described as a “resource for technology journalists,” the new offering appears to be a shot across the bow of Techmeme, the popular technology-news aggregator run by Gabe Rivera and his editorial team.

Like the main Newswire, the technology-focused version filters through all the content that gets posted on Facebook, and uses algorithms to pull out the posts that have something to do with technology — posts which Storyful’s team of editors and fact-checkers then verify to ensure that no hoaxes get published by mistake.

Facebook’s hope is that journalists will use the content they find for their stories, and by embedding the…

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