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T-Mobile G1 review: CNET reviews the first-ever Android phone     – CNET
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We finally got our hands on the Google’s first stab at a mobile phone, and it was a good experience indeed. We were impressed by the G1’s Web browser, which came closest to the iPhone’s than any we’ve seen, and by the combination of features that make this phone a very competent messaging device

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Google Might Be Hiding the Fact That Its Own Reviews Are Shoddy
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Google appears to have quietly purged its own user-generated review content from its search results. From a report: This is significant, critics of Google say, because it obscures the fact that Google’s search engine judges the company’s own reviews poorly. Google’s search engine ranks content by relevance and quality, and Google’s review content previously showed […]

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Uber's Southeast Asia merger delayed pending reviews
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Uber is normally glad when its service keeps running in a given country, but not this time around. The Philippines has ordered Uber to keep its local service active while antitrust investigators review the merger with Grab's Southeast Asia business….

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Nintendo finally catches up to other console makers, allows user game reviews
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While Nintendo has often led the gaming world in innovations and experiments, it has just as often been in a last-place position. This has been a particular issue with its online services, from network connectivity to online shops. As a result, the company’s stealth update on Friday came as a bit of a surprise: Nintendo […]

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'Black Panther' reviews are in and it's already a Marvel must-see     – CNET
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Commentary: The film has a promising all-star cast in front of the camera and behind the scenes bringing Marvel’s realization of Wakanda to life.

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Snapchat's Big Redesign Bashed In 83 Percent of User Reviews
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The new Snapchat redesign that jams Stories in between private messages is not receiving a whole lot of praise. “In the few countries including the U.K., Australia, and Canada where the redesign is widely available, 83 percent of App Store reviews (1,941) for the update are negative with one or two stars, according to data […]

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The reviews are in for the iPhone 8/8Plus, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 102)     – CNET
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Is the Apple Watch that bad? Did Apple do enough with the Apple TV 4K? Are the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus boring? We take a deep dive into Apple’s latest product line with the man who reviewed them for CNET, Scott Stein.

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Real news of fake reviews
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 Goodhart’s Law, as phrased by Mary Strathern: “When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.” Honored more in the breach than the observance, alas. Our algorithmic world has turned so many measures into targets, and by doing so ruined them. Let’s talk about just one example: let’s talk about books. […]

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Amateur Drone Lands On British Air Carrier, Wired Reviews Anti-Drone Technology
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Long-time Slashdot reader mi quotes the BBC: The Ministry of Defence is reviewing security after a tiny drone landed on the deck of Britain’s biggest warship. The Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier was docked at Invergordon in the Highlands when an amateur photographer flew the drone close to the giant ship. When the aircraft sensed a […]

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