Facebook’s face-plant

The smartest insight and analysis, from all perspectives, rounded up from around the web: “Facebook can’t get its story straight on fake news,” said Alfred Ng and Joan Solsman at CNET. The social media giant hosted a group of tech journalists at its Manhattan offices last week, with the aim of showcasing its efforts to fight misinformation. But the company’s commitment to that battle is far from clear. When asked how the platform could claim to be tackling fake news while simultaneously allowing the fringe-right conspiracy site Infowars to operate a page with nearly 1 million followers, Facebook News Feed head John Hegeman replied that Infowars hadn’t actually broken Facebook’s… Read More

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Designers, don’t be afraid to let robots design

In 1961, Alan Perlis, an early pioneer in computer science, advocated that computer programming should be a requirement of a liberal arts education. He believed students of creative disciplines should learn programming, not so they could become programmers, but so they could learn more about how to construct and analyze processes — whether building an imaginary world for a video game, designing a brand logo, or telling a compelling story. Fast forward to the present, where computation and creativity have become intertwined in the design process and Perlis’ advice becomes not just wise, but prophetic. Computational design — which uses… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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A Japanese startup has ambitious plans for on-demand meteor showers

A Tokyo-based startup is hard at work developing a system that would deliver “shooting stars on demand.” According to a report by Japan Times, the world’s first artificial meteor shower could take place over Hiroshima as early as 2020. ALE Co., is reportedly in the final stages of developing two satellites. The first is set to be launched into space in March of next year, while the second would follow sometime mid-year. Each would have a payload of roughly 400 tiny balls whose tightly-guarded chemical formula would create a luminous display in the night sky.The balls would be re-usable, allowing… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Here’s why you shouldn’t give your Fortnite password to strangers

A teenager in Ohio fell victim to the oldest scam on record while playing Fortnite. Hopefully his loss will stand as a good lesson for the legions of other neophytes cutting their teeth on the popular battle royale game. What happened: The 13-year-old, named Jake, was playing a match when a stranger made him a tempting offer. He could have free skins for his character — a character that, according to Jake’s mom Amy, he’d already invested a significant amount of money in. All Jake had to do was give the stranger his account details, including his password. I’m not necessarily… This story continues at The Next Web …read more… Read More

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Freshly hatched Loon strikes deal to beam internet access from balloons over Kenya

News Brief: A week after becoming an independent business under Alphabet’s wing, the venture formerly known as Google’s Project Loon has struck its first commercial deal to provide balloon-powered 4G/LTE internet service to regions of central Kenya starting next year. “Our path to success as a company is through providing value to mobile network partners like Telkom Kenya and helping them extend their reach to places where ground-based infrastructure can’t go,” Loon’s CEO, Alastair Westgarth, said in a Medium post. Terms of the deal with Telkom Kenya were not disclosed, but it follows up on work that Loon did while it was part of Alphabet’s X moonshot factory, including efforts… Read More

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Google Translate glitch predicts the second coming of Christ

Google’s AI appears to be using its Translate platform to spread some good old-fashioned doomsday prophecy. We have no way of confirming that the world isn’t coming to an end, but we’re going to go ahead and say it’s a glitch. If you type “dog” into the Google Translate service a bunch of times and then chose to translate from Maori to English, you’ll receive the following response: Doomsday Clock is three minutes at twelve We are experiencing characters and a dramatic developments in the world, which indicate that we are increasingly approaching the end times and Jesus’ return. The glitch,… This story continues at The Next Web Or just… Read More

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