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Report: Facebook Fact-Checking Is A Sham, According to Facebook Fact-Checkers

Facebook has been on a mission to stamp out the spread of misinformation and propaganda since last November, after reports first began to shed light on the role that social media played in the US election. But the fact-checkers the company has relied on don’t seem to have much faith in the tech giant’s plan to fix the mess it created. Read More >>

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Alphabet X’s Project Loon Provides Internet to 100,000 People in Puerto Rico 

Project Loon has provided mobile data to more than 100,000 people in Puerto Rico, according to Google parent company Alphabet. Read More >>

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The Mad Scientist Behind That Creepy, Viral, Long-Legged Bear Explains Himself

This week, cursed images of an enormous stuffed animal with legs seemingly designed to strangle you in your sleep spread across the internet after a Twitter user shared some Amazon reviews of the six-and-a-half-foot Joyfay Giant Teddy Bear on Thursday. Some shoppers assumed they were ordering a larger version of a childhood teddy, but were disturbed to receive a furry creature with disproportionately long legs. Read More >>

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Former Facebook President Admits It’s ‘Exploiting a Vulnerability in Human Psychology’

Sean Parker, the visionary techno-elf who cofounded Napster and served as Facebook’s first president, seems to have some regrets about building the social behemoth that’s taken over our world, telling an audience this week, “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.” Read More >>

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Uber Is Still Trying to Do that Flying Car Thing

Since the world we are currently living in is very much not the future we all dreamed of, NASA is teaming up with Uber to try to at least make a sliver of our flying-car dreams come true. Read More >>

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WeWork Wants to Teach Preschool Kids to Disrupt Shit Up

WeWork has an unsettling vision for disrupting education by prepping kids to become the next Zuckerberg before they start learning their times tables. And while it’s a hell of a lot better than anything Betsy DeVos could dream up, the company’s technocratic, seemingly Shark Tank-inspired take on Montessori makes me fear for my unborn children. Read More >>

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Twitter Goes Through With It: You’re All Getting 280 Damn Characters

After several weeks of Twitter users tweeting about how much they hate the idea of expanded character limits, Twitter has officially announced that it’s doubling the previous 140-character limit for all users. Read More >>

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Twitter Blocked ‘Bisexual’ Searches Because It Was Using a List of Words Linked to Porn

After users noticed last week that the terms “bisexual” and “bisexuality” were turning up no search results on Twitter, the company responded to criticism from LGBTQ advocates on Tuesday, apologising and blaming a “technical issue” for the error. As it turns out, Twitter used an outdated list of terms associated with porn to determine what constituted sensitive material. Read More >>

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Here’s to the Brave Laika, Who Became the First Doggonaut 60 Years Ago Today

On 3 November 1957, a street dog named Laika became the first Earthling to orbit our planet. Read More >>

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Why Is TripAdvisor Removing Sexual Assault Warnings From Its Site?

TripAdvisor has deleted multiple reports of rape and sexual assault over the last several years, according to a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which also highlights the confusing rules and algorithms that determine which reviews are deleted or featured more prominently than others. Read More >>

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Richard Branson Creates New Space Venture To Launch Government and Military Spacecrafts

Richard Branson could play a part in our upcoming star wars. The billionaire’s satellite-launch company Virgin Orbit has started a new venture, Vox Space, aimed at wooing government clients. Read More >>

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Twitter Admits It Accidentally Inflated User Growth for Three Years

Today Twitter revealed that while it’s actually growing now—it added four million monthly Tweeters over the last three months—the company has made a crucial error: It accidentally inflated user growth in its reports for the previous three years. Read More >>

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Kinect, One of Microsoft’s Most Revolutionary Ideas, Is Dead, But It Will Live on in iPhone X

Microsoft has killed off the Kinect. Seven years after the company first introduced the Xbox accessory that paved the way for 3D-tracking and virtual-assistant technologies that will soon be ubiquitous, we are saying goodbye. But its ground-breaking approach to depth-sensing will live on through several products, including the iPhone X. Read More >>

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Soylent Banned in Canada for Not Actually Being a Meal

In a major blow to Canadians who love bland on-the-go meal replacement goop, The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has blocked all shipments of Soylent into the country. Read More >>

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Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey Has A ‘Patriotic’ Plan to Disrupt The Military-Industrial Complex With VR

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey’s new tech startup isn’t just trying to ramp up US border security—it seems the company also wants to game-ify war and modernise battlefields with virtual and augmented reality. Read More >>