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Facebook drops disputed flag in war against fake news

Facebook drops disputed flag in war against fake news

Fake and misleading news is a real problem on Facebook. The social media giant has come under heavy criticism for its role in the spread of fake news, and earlier this year, it set out to fix the issue. Some of you may have encountered Facebook's solution over the past year - a disputed flag that accompanies false or misleading links shared on the platform.

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GOP Open Internet Preservation Act is NOT Net Neutrality

GOP Open Internet Preservation Act is NOT Net Neutrality

This week Representative Marsha Blackburn introduced a the "Open Internet Preservation Act" in an effort to lock Trump/Pai repeal of Net Neutrality into law. Several major news outlets have taken Blackburn's bait in suggesting this new OIP Act would bring Net Neutrality back after the FCC removed it. Said the Washington Post: "Days after the FCC repealed its net neutrality rules, the GOP has a bill to replace them." Instead, this act would enshrine what the FCC did earlier this month.

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5G standard ratified six months early with industry push

5G standard ratified six months early with industry push

4G is dead, long live 5G! Or something to that extent. While the rest of the world is still trying to settle on the current 4G technology, the industry is already trying to push the next generation 5G forward. And while it might take years before it reaches the same reach that 4G has now, there’s really no reason not to get the ball rolling as early as possible. That’s why the standards body known as the 3GPP has just ratified a major part of the 5G standard, months earlier than it projected earlier this year.

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Facebook declares war on “engagement bait”

Facebook declares war on “engagement bait”

In combating things like fake news, misleading ads, and even revenge porn, Facebook certainly has a lot on its plate at the moment. That isn't stopping it from waging a new war on what it calls "engagement bait." It doesn't matter how long you've used Facebook, you've likely encountered engagement bait before, and now the company is looking to get rid of it.

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Google stops showing news sites that hide their country of origin

Google stops showing news sites that hide their country of origin

Google has made a big change to its policies on news articles and websites, hoping to improve the odds in the ongoing war against "fake news." Google News will no longer show results from publications that "misrepresent or conceal their country of origin," or sites that are "directed at users in another country under false premises." This means that websites attempting to pass themselves off as American news won't be included in Google's News section or search results.

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Latest Chrome beta includes option to mute autoplay videos

Latest Chrome beta includes option to mute autoplay videos

Google first revealed a few months ago that the upcoming release of Chrome 64 would finally address one of the web's worst trends: autoplaying videos and their abrupt sounds. Unfortunately, the final release for Chrome 64 still isn't due until January, however the newly released beta for the browser's upcoming version is available to download now, and include the option for muting autoplay videos.

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Facebook warns against passively browsing your News Feed

Facebook warns against passively browsing your News Feed

Facebook has once again faced sharp criticism over the potential negative effects social media can have on someone's life, but this time it is back with more than a simple statement. The company has warned that passively browsing your News Feed could have a negative effect on your mood, citing research the found passive activities may lead to feeling bad whereas active participation -- such as leaving comments on friends' posts -- may be beneficial.

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AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead

AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead

After more than 20 years, AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead. We've known this day was coming for some time now - AOL originally announced its plans to shut down AIM back in October, but now the day has come. As of this morning, AIM has been shut down for good, so hopefully you got one last chat session in before it went dark.

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Net Neutrality Vote: What do we do now?

Net Neutrality Vote: What do we do now?

The FCC just voted 3/2 in favor of a declaratory ruling which effectively destroys Net Neutrality protections in the USA. Under the guise of a user-friendly name "Restoring Internet Freedom," the three Republican board members of the FCC voted to destroy the rules set in place by the previous FCC board. This Trump-installed board just destroyed the most important set of rules ever made for the internet - put there by the FCC during the Obama administration.

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Bing AI features add Reddit posts, multiple perspectives to search results

Bing AI features add Reddit posts, multiple perspectives to search results

Microsoft has taken the wraps off new artificial intelligence features for its search engine Bing, as well as Cortana and Office 365. The company unveiled the new abilities at an event in San Francisco today, explaining that AI has the ability to bring about the intelligent tools that consumers want. Whether it is asking for help or seeking answers, artificial intelligence -- and Microsoft's products that use it -- are here to help.

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Starbucks store’s WiFi hijacked laptops to mine cryptocurrency

Starbucks store’s WiFi hijacked laptops to mine cryptocurrency

A Starbucks store located in Buenos Aires was recently caught mining cryptocurrency using visitors' laptops that were connected to its public WiFi network. The mining was the result of malware, which Starbucks has since taken care of. The issue was made known by Noah Dinkin, who alerted Starbucks and the public to the mining via a tweet.

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xFi Advanced Gateway arrives in all Comcast Gigabit markets

xFi Advanced Gateway arrives in all Comcast Gigabit markets

Comcast's xFi Advanced Gateway is now available in all of the service provider's Gigabit Internet markets, giving those customers a new way to get Gigabit speeds over WiFi. Comcast brags that its xFi Advanced Gateway offers its most advanced WiFi tech ever, giving subscribers super fast wireless speeds able to handle all the demands of a connected home.

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