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Google adds search results 'fact check' flag

Google adds search results 'fact check' flag

Image copyright Google Google has added its fact check feature to search results globally, in a bid to help tackle the spread of “fake news”. The search giant will now highlight “authoritative sources” in search results, with a summary of claims that have been fact-checked. Google says sites will be judged authoritative by an algorithm […]

Facebook to tackle fake news with educational campaign

Facebook to tackle fake news with educational campaign

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Users will be directed to Facebook’s help centre where they can get detailed advice Facebook is launching an educational tool as part of measures it is taking to counter fake news. For three days, an ad will appear at the top of users’ news feeds linking to advice on “how […]

Uber sued by car-share stab victim

Uber sued by car-share stab victim

Image copyright Getty Images A woman who was attacked with a knife in an Uber car is suing the ride-sharing company. Chicago resident Jennifer Camacho says another passenger slashed her face several times while using Uber Pool. The service lets strangers share a car to reduce the cost of a trip. But Uber said the […]

Cyber-patriots

Cyber-patriots

Image caption Sites like the highly visited Fdesouche allow readers to vent their anger and wield real influence The French far right may be tiny on the institutional stage – the National Front (FN) has only two MPs – but on online platforms it is a giant. Often collectively called the “fachosph√®re” (from “fascist”), websites […]

Teslas of the fjords?

Teslas of the fjords?

Image copyright Terje Erstad Image caption Trond Bonesmo welcomes Norway’s new low-carbon electric ferries It might be slow, but the romance of commuting by ferry is not lost on Trond Bonesmo as he boards MF Norangsfjord for the crossing from Magerholm to Sykkylven. “It’s a welcome break, and the view isn’t too bad either,” he […]

Anti-bullying campaigners call for a ban on chatbot app SimSimi

Anti-bullying campaigners call for a ban on chatbot app SimSimi

A chatbot app which has been linked to cyber bullying has been taken down in Ireland. Now there are calls by anti-bullying campaigners to ban the app in the UK too. The app, called SimSimi, can be “taught” responses by any user when certain names or words are typed in. It means that users – […]

Rentberry's controversial property bid site expands in US

Rentberry's controversial property bid site expands in US

Image copyright Rentberry Image caption The Rentberry website is expanding across the US How would you feel if, desperate for somewhere to live, you had to bid against other prospective renters? Some people were perturbed when Rentberry – a website that runs rental auctions – launched last year. In fact, in an article its own […]

Passenger jet approaching Heathrow in drone 'near-miss'

Passenger jet approaching Heathrow in drone 'near-miss'

Image copyright PA Image caption The Civil Aviation Authority said there have been four near misses recently where drones have been flown close to aircraft A passenger plane had a near-miss with a drone at 10,000ft as it approached Heathrow Airport. Pilots spotted a gadget with multiple arms and up to eight rotors pass by […]

Bogus boss scam

Bogus boss scam

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The moment you realise that wasn’t really the boss who asked you to make the payment The email from the boss looked kosher. He said a new supplier needed paying urgently – ¬£50,000 to secure an important contract. He wanted it done as soon as possible because he was […]

Canada comes online

Canada comes online

Image copyright University of Toronto Image caption Geoff Hinton is known as the “godfather of deep learning” Canadian researchers have been behind some recent major breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Now, the country is betting on becoming a big player in one of the hottest fields in technology, with help from the likes of Google and […]

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