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Republican Senator mad at Facebook for news bias

Republican Senator mad at Facebook for news bias

It would appear that Republican Senator John Thune has a problem with how Facebook may or may not filter its news feed. After a story on Gizmodo suggested that "several former unnamed Facebook employees" spoke about surpressing "conservative viewpoints" and "artificially highlighted other news stories" - words from Thune's press release. He's displeased with how Facebook chooses to use their news aggregator, suggesting that if these claims are substantiated, "Facebook's assertion that it maintains a 'platform for the people and perspectives from across the political spectrum' misleads the public."

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Clinton official says “American people can handle the truth” about Area 51

Clinton official says “American people can handle the truth” about Area 51

Not only are we speaking about aliens when it comes to potential targets for space exploration in our Science department - we've got a presidential candidate who wants to uncover THE TRUTH as well. While this began as a bit of a joke on the part of Hillary Clinton, it's become far more real now that Clinton campaign chair John Podesta has made public comments with CNN.

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Google adds election funding data cards to Search

Google adds election funding data cards to Search

Google has been adding information on presidential debates, candidates, and other political activities to Search over the past few months, and this week marked yet another update. This time around, Google has added information on candidate funding, making it easy for voters to find out where a particular politician is getting his or her money. As well, Google Search also now shows how one politician is trending in relation to another.

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John Oliver fights Donald Trump (Drumpf) with facts and Chrome

John Oliver fights Donald Trump (Drumpf) with facts and Chrome

John Oliver has released an entire "Last Week Tonight" segment on Donald Drumpf, including a Chrome Extension to boot. Why Drumpf, you might wonder? Because that is Donald Drumpf's ancestral name. For real. After calling out Oliver's former boss John Stewart for having had a more Jewish-sounding name in the past, Oliver found that Drumpf had a different family name as well. With a Chrome extension, you too can see Drumpf's true name plastered across the internet: Drumpf.

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Google teams with Fox News for final Republican debate

Google teams with Fox News for final Republican debate

Google has teamed with Fox News Channel ahead of the final Republican debate. This is the last debate ahead of the 2016 primaries, and with this Google partnership, people will have a trio of new options for staying up to date on the details. Says Google, it is integrating three additional elements into the debate, including Google Trends data, questions from YouTube stars, and a new way to get info from candidates.

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Apple agrees to pay $347M in Italian tax probe

Apple agrees to pay $347M in Italian tax probe

Apple's tax practices have long been under criticism, with CEO Tim Cook even commenting during a recent 60 Minutes interview that accusations that the company goes to great lengths to avoid corporate taxes are "total political crap." However, that doesn't mean governments have to feel the same, with Italy saying that Apple failed to declare its full earnings in the country. The company has now agreed to a settlement in the investigation, and will pay 318 million euros, or roughly $347 million.

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Reddit banned in Turkey under internet censorship law

Reddit banned in Turkey under internet censorship law

The Turkish government seems to be continuing it crusade against internet platforms that enable the public to freely communicate, with the latest victim being Reddit. The entire site has been blocked in the country, with officials saying it violates Internet Law 5651, and users losing access sometime late Friday night. The law allows the government to ban websites found hosting "scandalous" content, including piracy, drugs, adult material, or criticism of Mustafa Ataturk, the nation's first president. However, it's not hard to imagine the law being used to censor criticism and free speech.

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LEGO turns down artist’s bulk order on political grounds

LEGO turns down artist’s bulk order on political grounds

The Andy Warhol / Ai Weiwei art show set to take place in Australia in December 2015 was planning on using large amounts of LEGO bricks to execute a number of statues. Unfortunately this would have required that LEGO sell the art exhibition a number of bricks - in bulk. According to Ai Weiwei, the fact that LEGO has decided NOT to sell him the bricks suggests that they've discriminated against him and have decided to use their position of power to censor his artwork.

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CNN Presidential Democratic Debate will go live on VR

CNN Presidential Democratic Debate will go live on VR

When you speak of virtual reality, chances are you will think of games and entertainment first and foremost, but the technology can definitely be used in more ways than one. From sport events to device announcements, VR attempts to give viewers a more immersive experience even if they aren't physically there. Now you can add political debates to that list. CNN has revealed that the Presidential Democratic Debate on October 13 will be streamed live to VR headsets, thanks to the technology platform being pushed by NextVR.

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John McAfee contemplating run for presidency

John McAfee contemplating run for presidency

If the U.S. presidential race isn’t looking enough like a circus show for your tastes, give it time: John McAfee has revealed that he is contemplating a run for presidency, doing so with the encouragement of unnamed "advisors". McAfee, of course, is the man behind the antivirus software that you probably get tired of having to uninstall every time you buy a new laptop. More recently he has been known for his fugitive status, personal drama, and "eccentric" behavior.

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Whistleblowers claim Russia has a propaganda “troll house”

Whistleblowers claim Russia has a propaganda “troll house”

What's more frightening and more destructive than an Internet troll? Why, a house full of them! That is exactly what Russia alleged has and it is a literal one. Two former employees of this "troll house" have come out to reveal some rather worrying details about this secret business that might actually be booming in the dark. Their testimonies add to the growing body of testimonies and speculation regarding Russia's more than active yet completely under the radar activities to spread its ideology and world views, especially against its enemies and the West.

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Google turns to GIFs (oh, and facts) to slam FTC snark

Google turns to GIFs (oh, and facts) to slam FTC snark

Weaponized GIFs are apparently the new way to make serious points more flippant online, with Google smacking back at News Corp. criticism that the search giant had made a habit of hanging around the White House. Google had been accused of chasing undue political influence, with the News Corp. owned Wall Street Journal suggesting it was sneaky maneuvering that saw Google escape FTC censure over activities contrary to the public interest. Key to the accusations was a count of the number of times Google had visited senior officials since President Obama took office.

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