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Twitter Says Blocking Leaders Would Hamper Global Discussion

Twitter Inc. defended its decision to allow U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial tweets to remain on the service, saying that blocking a world …

Banning Trump from Twitter would be counterproductive.

Ever since Donald Trump became president, some liberal activists have called for Twitter to suspend his account. His tweets have often violated the …

Facebook Is Shutting Down M, Its AI Concierge

Once upon a time, Facebook hoped to give us all personal, AI-powered virtual assistants ...<p>Facebook's standalone concierge bot M will soon be no more.<p>On Jan. 19, Facebook is sunsetting the initial version of M, which has been available in closed beta since fall 2015. M's context-based suggestions …

Expect to talk to your devices a lot more in the future

If what we’ve seen in the first couple of days of CES is any indicator of what’s in store for 2018, we can expect to be talking a lot.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>If what we …

Amazon is bringing Alexa to your Toyota

Three years and change since the launch of Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa has quickly spread beyond the Echo product line into a myriad of other smart-home appliances. Behind the scenes, the online retailer has aggressively orchestrated Alexa’s rise by dramatically lowering the barrier for any …

Exclusive: Dropbox seeks to hire IPO underwriters - sources | Reuters

(Reuters) - Data-sharing business Dropbox Inc is seeking to hire underwriters for an initial public offering that could come later this year, which would make it the biggest U.S. technology company to go public since Snap Inc (SNAP.N), people familiar with the matter said on Friday.<p>The IPO will be …

Facebook Overhauls News Feed to Focus on What Friends and Family Share

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has introduced sweeping changes to the kinds of posts, videos and photos that its more than two billion members will see most often, saying on Thursday that it would prioritize what their friends and family share and comment on while de-emphasizing content from publishers …

Social Media

Facebook is testing a new section of the app specifically for local news and events

Facebook is vetting local publishers that appear in this section.<p>Facebook wants to make it easier for people to find local news from vetted sources.<p>The social network is testing a new section inside its app called “Today In,” a feed made up entirely of local news, events and announcements.<p>The test …

Publishers warned to stop depending on Facebook amid steep drop in web traffic

News publishers will need to reduce their reliance on Facebook to survive, experts have warned, as figures show a dramatic drop in interactions with …

Facebook Is Deprioritizing Our Stories. Good.

A society that relies on a centralized portal to get its news may very well be doomed.<p>Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the <i>New York Times</i> that the social network will revamp its news feed to emphasize “meaningful interaction” between friends and family. As a result, the news feed will …

Facebook shares fell because Wall Street doesn’t know what to make of Mark Zuckerberg’s News Feed changes

The stock closed down more than 4 percent.<p>Facebook is rethinking the way it works, and that will have repercussions for users, advertisers and publishers that use the network.<p>The overhaul, which will first show up in Facebook’s News Feed, will be a “major change,” said Mark Zuckerberg, who says …

Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus was the second-best selling phone in China last year

Apple was the only foreign brand to have a smartphone model in the top 10 best-selling handsets in China in 2017.<p>The iPhone 7 Plus managed 2.8 …

Uber Surrenders In China, Will Join Forces With Rival Didi

Uber’s prolonged land war in China is over: Uber’s China unit will merge with competitor Didi Chuxing, ending a fierce multi-billion-dollar battle for the largest ridesharing market in the world.<p>As part of the deal, Uber and its Chinese investors will reportedly receive 20% of the merged company, …

Ridesharing

Facebook Says Social Media Isn’t Always Healthy for Democracy

Facebook Inc. acknowledged today that social media can have a negative impact on democracies, and that the company has more work to do in order to …

Most people don't meet their goals for the same 4 reasons

As 2017 ends, you start setting your goals for 2018.<p>Your goals are typically set as outcomes, such as "lose 50 pounds," "make $100,000 in paid speeches," "save $25,000," and the like. And it makes sense because, after all, you care more about losing 50 pounds than about working out every day.<p>You …

Irish DNA map reveals history's imprint

<b>Scientists have unveiled a detailed genetic map of Ireland, revealing subtle DNA differences that may reflect historic events.</b><p>In their sample of the Irish population, the researchers identified 10 genetic groupings - clusters - that roughly mirror ancient boundaries.<p>The results also suggest the …

North Korea’s prisons are as bad as Nazi camps, says judge who survived Auschwitz

TOKYO — North Korea's political prisons are just as bad as — and perhaps even worse than — the Nazi concentration camps of the Holocaust, a renowned judge and Auschwitz survivor has concluded after hearing from former North Korean prisoners and guards.<p>Thomas Buergenthal, who served on the …

'I, Tonya,' You, Implicated

Tonya Harding was never supposed to be a pro figure skater. Like so many young American dreamers before her, she had it all wrong for success: born into the wrong class, raised by the wrong role model, drawn to the wrong men. And she had the wrong kind of femininity for the sport she loved, too, …

Iron tools from the Bronze Age found to have otherworldly origins

A weapon as legendary as the dagger of King Tutankhamun needs an epic backstory, and last year X-ray analysis showed that the iron in the ancient …

Meteorites

I'm a financial planner — here's the single best piece of advice I can give you about money in your 30s

If you want to be rich, you need to stop trying to <i>look</i> rich.<p>Here's the trap many 30-somethings fall into: You live in a swanky place in your town because you finally earn enough money to afford some nice digs. You look at your coworker or your neighbor and you see the fancy material things they …

4 Secrets to Being More Productive, According to Ancient Philosophers

Everybody would like to get more of the right things done. But how does Stoicism fit into all of this?<p>The word “productivity” seems new and sleek and …

Groundbreaking empirical research shows where innovation really comes from

Breaking down barriers for underrepresented kids could quadruple America’s pool of inventors.<p>Gaps in opportunity for talented kids with low socioeconomic status don’t just hold back poor, female, black, or Latino children as individuals — they also impose potentially enormous losses to society as a …

Innovation

The death of the internet

If we lose this, we lose everything.<p>When I was very young, before I was on the internet — even before the internet was really a thing you could “go …

Internet

Scientists spent 75 years studying happiness and this is what they learned

It's the longest running study on happiness, ever.<p>It's hard to measure happiness – it means different things to different people and it can't be …

Happiness

Ancient banned manuscript of Jesus’s secret teachings is unearthed after 1,600 years

A heretical manuscript which reveals Jesus’s ‘secret teachings’ to his brother James has been unearthed by American researchers.<p>In it, Jesus reveals …

Oxford University

Sheryl Sandberg Warns Of #MeToo Backlash Against Women

The Facebook executive is hearing people say this is why you shouldn't hire women. Actually this is why you should.<p>Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg warned Sunday morning about the potential for women to wind up on the losing end of what seems like a watershed moment in feminism.<p>The <i>Lean In</i> author …

Bill Gates reveals his 6 favorite books he read in the past year

Bill Gates reads about 50 books a year, but only a few make his annual list of favorites.<p>For several years, the Microsoft founder has chosen five titles he enjoyed over the past year and published reviews of them on his Gates Notes blog.<p>Here are his recommendations.

20 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Said 1 Thing Separates Living an Exceptional Life From an Average One | Inc.com

Steve Jobs set extremely high expectations. He wanted things done a certain way, challenging other people to work harder, work longer, and sometimes to do more than they thought was possible.<p>Steve Jobs had high standards. He wanted things to be done his way.<p>But he also believed in the power of …

Self-improvement

Amazon Says These Are the 100 Books Everyone Should Read

Hidden away in the books department on Amazon.com, shoppers can find a list of 100 great reads everyone should read in their lifetime, recommended by …

Best books of 2017: The best fiction

The Power<p><i>Naomi Alderman</i><p>Alderman’s inventive, globe-spanning thriller imagines a world in which girls and women have discovered they have the ability to maim and kill men thanks to a mysterious new electrical power. The uncompromisingly feminist novel has drawn comparisons to Margaret Atwood, …