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Mark Zuckerberg: over 99 percent of Facebook content is authentic

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg is clearly riled by allegations that his social network skewed the election by allowing fake news to propagate, and he isn't having any of it. The CEO has posted a defense of Facebook in which he argues that the low volume of bogus news made it "extremely unlikely" …

Internet

Facebook puts friends above publishers in “News Feed Values” and ranking change

After the conservative trends fiasco, Facebook is pushing itself to a new standard of transparency. The company is publishing a formal “News Feed Values” document that details how it decides what shows up in your feed — a common question amongst users.<p>Those core values are that friends and family …

A 19-year-old created a free robot lawyer that has beaten 160,000 parking tickets

The very first robot lawyer that was designed to challenge parking tickets has been wildly successful since it was launched last Fall.<p>British programmer Joshua Browder, 19, launched the beta version of the bot in London in September. In that month alone, 3,000 people used the service to appeal …

Bots

The ineffectiveness of digital video and traditional TV ads

Video ads on both the internet and traditional TV are failing to reach and resonate with audiences, according to a new study conducted by ORC International and commissioned by the video ad firm Mirriad.<p><b>76% of respondents reported blocking video ads online and skipping traditional TV ads.</b> The number …

Australia tests out putting crossing signals where you're really looking: down

Screen-staring pedestrians aren't looking at traffic lights as they cross the street; they're very likely looking down, glued to their phones. That's why Australia's government is experimenting with installing ground-level semaphores at key downtown Sydney crossings, according to Mashable, which …

Road Safety

​Appliance Science: How the Amazon Dash button works

Push a button, order potato chips. Push another, order diapers. Really, who wants to bother with all of that tedious web browsing, let alone all of that horrid driving to the store business? It's so much easier to just push a button and, hey, presto, the products show up on your doorstep.<p>That's the …

Smart Homes

It might be time to stop looking for the WeChat of the West

Hamish McKenzie Contributor<p>I was recently in China, which meant I was living on WeChat. All my meetings, from CEOs to academics to old friends, were arranged through the app. I authenticated my identity for free Wi-Fi at shopping malls with WeChat. I checked in for a flight by scanning a QR code …

APNewsBreak: Google gives federal plan for self-driving car

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Google wants Congress to create new federal powers that would let the tech giant receive special, expedited permission to bring to market a self-driving car that has no steering wheel or pedals.<p>The proposal, laid out in a letter to top federal transportation officials, reveals …

APNewsBreak: Video shows Google self-driving car hit bus

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Newly released video shows the moment a Google self-driving car learned the hard way not to tussle with a public bus.<p>The collision …

This iPhone Glitch Speeds Up Your Device

Confirming real-life cheat codes exist<p>The iPhone 6s is among Apple’s fastest devices ever released. But if you’re pleased with the speed of Apple’s A9 chip, your iPhone can fake a speed increase that translates to real world results.<p>The glitch was found by 9to5Mac’s Jeff Benjamin. The iDownloadBlog …

Opera adds a built-in ad blocker to its desktop browser

There has been a lot of talk about mobile ad blocking lately, but on the desktop, this is an old phenomenon. Until now, however, desktop ad blocking was all about plugins. But Opera is about to change this and the latest developer release of the company’s desktop browser now includes a built-in ad …

Most Drivers Say They Wouldn't Feel Safe in a Self-Driving Car

Though companies continue to invest millions in self-driving cars, most drivers are saying they wouldn’t feel comfortable in one. At least, according …

Microsoft officially kills its Android app porting tool

Well, that didn't take long. After lots of silence regarding Project Astoria, Microsoft is killing it in favor of its shiny new Xamarin purchase. In case you'd forgotten (entirely understandable!), Astoria was the initiative that'd make porting Android apps to Windows 10 supposedly pretty easy. But …

Windows 10

Activision Blizzard Closes Its $5.9B Acquisition Of King, Makers Of Candy Crush

Activision Blizzard today announced that it has closed its acquisition of King Digital for $5.9 billion, a deal that it says makes it the largest game network in the world with more than 500 million users. King is the publisher of the popular Candy Crush series of social and mobile games, while …

UK carrier Three to block ads at the network level

In a landmark move for the UK's wireless industry, Three has inked a deal with Shine that will enable ad-blocking across its network. The decision will, according to Three, give customers "control, choice and greater transparency" over the ads that appear on their devices. It won't, however, …

Digital Advertising

CenturyLink joins Comcast in bringing data caps to home internet

Data caps have become an accepted part of getting internet access on your phone, and now caps are slowly starting to make their way into the world of home internet, too. Comcast, AT&T, and some other smaller internet providers either test data caps or have them in active use, and this week …

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says timeline will stay in real time

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Saturday the social media website's stream of tweets will stay live and in real time, disputing a media …

Can We Turn Our Dreams Into Watchable Movies?

<i>By Daniel Oldis via DreamsCloud</i><p>While <i>your dreams</i> may not be coming soon to an IMAX theater near you, technology has already evolved to the point of being able to recording a very simple dream and projecting it on a computer screen, complete with your dream images, your dream conversations and your …

Porsche CEO says ‘iPhone belongs in your pocket, not on the road’, dismissing autonomous car future

As our sister-site Electrek covers so well, the automobile landscape is clearly changing with electric vehicles replacing gas-powered cars, autonomous features potentially replacing drivers, and Apple even developing an EV of its own. But Porsche wants no part in that future, says CEO Oliver Blume. …

Twitter Execs Are Annoyed At Facebook For Referring To Them As "Social Media"

Facebook's trending column often refers to Twitter as "Social Media," sparking ire from Twitter execs.<p>When a Twitter flame war between Wendy's and Burger King last week ended with Wendy's saying it would respond to its rival's antics by serving "edible food," the spat became national news. And like …

Politician who once said ‘I’m not into this detail stuff – I’m more concepty’ says of his solitaire game: ‘I’ve spent countless hours on beta releases’<p>Donald Rumsfeld, the two-time US secretary of defence who presided over the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, has released a video game.<p>The game, …

Apps

Another big fund has lost faith in Dropbox and cut its valuation by half

According to The Information's Alfred Lee, T. Rowe Price marked down its holdings in Dropbox by 51% in the fourth quarter of 2015, the first time it's cut down its share value in the company.<p>The report said that the mutual fund valued Dropbox shares at $9.40 per share as of December 31, citing a …

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff predicts 'a lot of dead unicorns' and cheap startups to buy

During an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, Bloomberg asked Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, point blank, if he's got any plans to step up his acquisitions.<p>Short answer: probably not.<p>Benioff said that big acquisitions haven't really been part of Salesforce strategy for a while. …

Tracking blocker Ghostery accused Adblock Plus of extorting money from advertisers

Adblock Plus denied the allegation.<p>Ghostery was responding to Adblock Plus' claims that the two companies are "in the same realm" and "offer a similar service." The comparison came about after Adblock Plus was disinvited from the Interactive Advertising Bureau's (IAB) annual leadership summit, …

Deals: Adobe Ink & Slide at 85% off

Today’s featured deal is great for all those aspiring artists who love to use their iPad as a canvas for their creativity. Now with the Adobe Ink & Slide you can combine Adobe’s advanced technology with your iPad. When you add the Slide ruler to the mix, the resulting combo will add precision to …

Ad-block software is approaching 200 million users — here's how publishers are reacting

Ad-block software usage may be more common than previously thought. There are nearly 200 million monthly active users (MAU) of ad-block software globally, according to data from a new study by PageFair and Adobe included in our latest ad-blocking report.<p>That represents a big uptick in ad-block …

Tennessee Powerball winners: No big changes to lives

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The small-town Tennessee couple that bought one of three magic tickets splitting the world-record $1.6 billion Powerball …

A lead developer just quit bitcoin, saying it 'failed'

Hearn, one of five senior developers who has spent more than five years working on the web-based currency, said he would no longer be taking part in development.<p>"Despite knowing that bitcoin could fail all along, the now inescapable conclusion that it has failed still saddens me greatly," Hearn …

The One Thing That Marketers Don't Seem To Get About The Digital Economy

Modern marketing really began in the 1960’s with Philip Kotler and his ideas about uncovering the “needs, wants and interests of target markets.” Ever since, generations of marketers have learned to focus on the consumer and communicating features and benefits to them effectively.<p>Yet perhaps an …

Innovation

U.S. Proposes Spending $4 Billion on Self-Driving Cars

DETROIT — With automakers and technology companies rushing to develop self-driving cars, the Obama administration on Thursday pledged to expedite regulatory guidelines for autonomous vehicles and invest in research to help bring them to market.<p>Until now, the federal government has taken a hands-off …

Autonomous Vehicle