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ZTE Partners with Content Distribution Company Taboola to Deliver Its Own News Feed

ZTE will offer Taboola-powered personalized content news aggregator on its devices, in a service similar to that of Apple News, Blinkfeed, and Flipboard

Meir Orbach 11:3308.04.18

Online advertising and content discovery company Taboola.com Ltd. announced on Wednesday a partnership with Chinese mobile device manufacturer ZTE Corporation. As part of the partnership, ZTE will offer Taboola-powered personalized content news aggregator on its devices, in a service similar to that of Apple News, Blinkfeed, and Flipboard.

 

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The companies did not disclose the financial terms of the deal and did not say when the new feature will be available. Adam Singolda, co-founder and CEO of Taboola, told Calcalist in an interview last week that the feature will be rolled out in ZTE devices in Europe and South America first, gradually expanding worldwide.

 

Adam Singolda. Photo: David Pexton Adam Singolda. Photo: David Pexton

 

“Taboola’s vision has always been to be a content recommendation system to people everywhere,” Adam Singolda said. “We were on the web for ten years, and now we are expanding to work with Android manufacturers and mobile carriers.”

 

ZTE is the world’s ninth largest mobile device manufacturer, and holds the fourth-largest share of the U.S. market after Apple, Samsung, and LG. Last year, ZTE sold some 20 million devices in the U.S. and 50 million worldwide.

 

“Apple has News, which allows people to consume quality content but similarly to Facebook’s Instant Articles, keeps people on its own platform,” Mr. Singolda said. “This creates a problem for publishers and also prevents people from getting to content sites, cutting them off from journalistic content,” Mr. Singolda said, adding that Taboola’s service will direct readers to the original site.

 

Founded in 2007 in Tel Aviv and headquartered in New York, Taboola's engines recommend web-based editorial and video content to over 1 billion unique visitors each month, according to information by the company. Taboola raised $160 million in equity to date from backers including Baidu and Yahoo! Japan. Taboola forecasts over $1 billion in revenues for 2018 and expects to increase its employee count in the upcoming year to 1,300.

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