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Here Is Your Warning That Fake Twitter Followers Are Now a Thing With Consequences

This weekend, the New York Times published an in-depth report on the online market in social media identity theft and fraud, including a list of precisely which celebrities are (stunner!) inflating their online followings with overpriced bots. Film critic Richard Roeper—once co-host of At the Movies with Roger Ebert—happened to be one of a long list of names in the piece, alongside people like actor John Leguizamo, former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, and even Twitter board member Martha Lane Fox. Read More >>

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Google’s New App Asks Random People to Start Writing the News

Google has quietly launched a pilot for a news app that it says will “put a spotlight on inspiring stories that aren’t being told.” Out this week via a limited pilot in a couple of US cities, Bulletin is essentially a public, shared blog space that doesn’t require any expertise on content management systems, HTML, or even an app download. Google hopes it will help users tell “hyperlocal” stories. Read More >>

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Bloomberg is Starting a “24-Hour Social News Network” Based on Twitter

Twitter has not exactly survived the last few months with a sterling reputation, in between continued controversy over its failure to adequately address rampant harassment, allegations it sold political ads to Russian foreign agents, and most recently news it had verified the account of neo-Nazi Charlottesville organiser Jason Kessler. Then there’s Twitter’s, uh, presidential problem, which may technically be good for the company’s traffic but creates a host of other problems with no signs of ebbing in the near future. Read More >>

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Journalist Nearly Banned From YouTube and Gmail For Posting Al-Qaeda Videos From Chelsea Manning Trial

YouTube’s latest push to ban terrorist propaganda across its ubiquitous video platform is getting off to a rough start. Earlier this week, noted investigative reporter and researcher Alexa O’Brien woke to find that not only had she been permanently banned from YouTube, but that her Gmail and Google Drive accounts had been suspended as well. She would later learn that a reviewer who works for Google had mistakenly identified her channel, in the words of a YouTube representative, as “being dedicated to terrorist propaganda.” Read More >>

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Tweet for the Queen, and £30k a Year

If you think you can grit your teeth hard enough to say nice things about the monarchy all day, here's a nice job -- a temporary Digital Communications Officer on behalf of the royal lot. You get £30k a year for blogging about matters to do with royalty and news about royalty, while keeping your political feelings to nothing more than occasionally spelling out rude words using the first letter of each paragraph. Read More >>

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Forget Facebook’s Fake News Problem, Google’s Rich Snippets Are The Fourth Estate’s Real Problem

Whatever your feelings on the upcoming 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump’s election win has generated an unprecedented amount of soul-searching and analysis, as the Western world seeks desperately to try and understand how he was able to transform his fringe candidacy into one of the most powerful populist movements of the 21st century. Read More >>

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8 Ways Virtual Reality Is For More Than Just Video Games

Virtual reality, a dream of science fiction writers for decades, is the closest to a true reality than it’s ever been. Multiple headsets are on sale to consumers, and while some aren’t exactly affordable to the common person, such as the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift, and others work better than the rest, the upcoming years will only bring more innovation to the industry. Read More >>

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Bank of America Successfully Ordered the Deletion of a UK Journo’s Tweets

A UK journalist had a couple of his tweets forcefully deleted by the Bank of America, which took offense to some lighthearted snippets of analyst opinions being retweeted. Read More >>

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Watch a North Korean Military Parade in VR With This Free App

I went to Pyongyang today: I stayed in an immaculate North Korean hotel room, watched as the country’s ballistic missiles paraded past me, and saw thousands of followers wave flags and flowers in honour of their leader. Read More >>

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The Washington Post is Now Putting Every Single Article on Facebook

Many would have stopped reading The Washington Post when the newspaper declared war on AdBlock earlier this month, but Jeff Bezos – he of Amazon and owner of the newspaper in question – and Mark Zuckerberg might have just found a way to draw users back into the fold: the Post announced that it’ll begin publishing 100 per cent of its stories as Facebook Instant Articles. Read More >>

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Google’s ‘Digital News Initiative’ Will Help Make Online News Better

Google isn’t too popular in the EU right now, but it’s hoping that a new scheme may help smooth things a little. Its new Digital News Initiative will see it invest €150m (£107m) to help European publishers — including the FT and Guardian — to establish “more sustainable models for news”. Read More >>

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All the Dreamy Drone Businesses the US’s Proposed Drone Rules Would Kill

There are plenty of very good, fun, and helpful things that drones can do—things like monitoring crops and delivering beer and saving lives. Unfortunately, over the weekend, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the first draft of its rules for commercial drones, and guess what? The rules would make a lot of those things illegal in the US. Read More >>

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Snapchat is About to Become a Service for “Disappearing News”

Snapchat isn't the most obvious place you would head to for your daily fix of headlines. But that might soon change. Snapchat is about to become a service for disappearing videos, news articles and ads. Read More >>

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Oh God, a Startup is Snapchatting the News

There's a startup called NowThisNews that delivers the news du jour in short videos embedded on their site and mobile apps. But these days, apparently that's not enough. So the Awl has noticed, now in addition, NowThisNews is sending out news bulletins via Snapchat. Abandon all hope. Read More >>