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Fake news is not the real problem
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 It’s the Internet’s fault, we’re told. Brexiters and Remainers, Republicans and Democrats — every side of every political dispute now lives in its own separate reality, bellowing “fake news!” at every attempt to breach their borders of belief. The fragmentation of the media, coupled with the filter-bubble effect and the dominance of Facebook and Google,… […]

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Good news: Chrome debuts automatic blocking of annoying ads
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Enlarge (credit: Daniel Oines) Google developers this week debuted a long-anticipated feature in Chrome that automatically blocks one of the Internet’s biggest annoyances—intrusive ads. Starting on Thursday, Chrome started filtering ads that fail to meet a set of criteria laid out by the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry group. The organization is made up […]

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US charges Russian social media trolls over election tampering     – CNET
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Special counsel Robert Mueller indicts 13 Russian nationals and the Internet Research Agency for a campaign of fake news and trolling during the 2016 election.

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Google To Kill Off 'View Image' Button In Search
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Google is removing the “view image” button that appeared when you clicked on a picture, which allowed you to open the image alone. The provision to remove the button is part of a deal Google has made with stock-photo agency Getty to end their legal battle. The Register reported last week that the two companies […]

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Google Offers New Mobile Story Tech to Publishers
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Google has rolled out a developer preview of its new AMP story format, which is designed to give content publishers an easy way to deliver news and information on mobile devices with visually rich, tap-through stories. “On mobile devices, users browse lots of articles, but engage with few in-depth,” noted Rudy Galfi, product manager for […]

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Ask Slashdot: What Is Missing In Tech Today?
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dryriver writes: There is so much tech and gadget news pouring out of the internet every day that one might think “everything tech that is needed already exists.” But of course, people thought precisely that at various points in human history, and then completely new tools, technologies, processes, designs, devices and innovations came along soon […]

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Man Handed Conditional Prison Sentence for Spreading Information About Popcorn Time Service
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A man from Denmark has been handed a six-month conditional prison sentence for spreading information about Popcorn Time, an authorized on-demand movies and TV shows streaming service, news outlet TorrentFreak reports. From the report: In what is being described as a first for Europe, the man was convicted after telling people how to download, install […]

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Apple News wants to curate the Winter Olympics for you     – CNET
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Apple is putting information about the winter sports competition in Pyeongchang in one place, including selected news coverage.

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False Tsunami Warning Sent To the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean
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An anonymous reader shares a report: Some residents along the East Coast received a false tsunami warning on Tuesday morning after a private company sent out an alert following a monthly test by the National Weather Service. A tweet from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Charleston, South Carolina, said the alert was sent around […]

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