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Facebook to fight ‘fake news’ with trust surveys

Facebook has unveiled its latest bid to fight the spread of "fake news" by allowing users to rank trustworthy media outlets. The social media giant will survey users to identify "high quality" news in a bid to tackle sensationalism and misinformation, its founder Mark Zuckerberg said. Under the plans, Facebook users will be asked if they are familiar with a news source
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1 in 4 businesses aren’t ready for GDPR

One in four London businesses are not aware of new data regulations that are due to come into law in a few months, according to a new survey. The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) poll of more than 500 businesses found that of those that believe the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will affect them, just 16 per cent are prepared for it. The GDPR
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DEBATE: Will YouTube’s tougher requirements make it safe for brands?

Will YouTube’s tougher requirements make the platform safe for brands to use? Ross Barnes, chief technology officer at m/SIX, says YES. Google’s recent update is a step in the right direction for building trust within the advertising industry. Concerns surrounding YouTube have plagued the industry for the last 12 months, with a constant presence of negative stories in
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Apple to send $38 billion in taxes on overseas cash to the US

Apple said Thursday it would pay roughly $38 billion in tax to the United States because of recent tax law changes, after repatriating cash it now holds overseas. The move comes as American and European politicians remain divided over how U.S. tech companies — firms that have, collectively, $2 trillion stashed outside of the U.S. — should pay tax on their global
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Facebook investigates Russian links to Brexit vote

Facebook said Wednesday that it is investigating potential Russian meddling on social media connected to the British referendum to leave the European Union in 2016. The decision comes just over a month after the social networking giant told U.K. lawmakers that Russian-backed groups spent less than £1 on advertising linked to the Brexit vote. Some British politicians
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EU needs tougher defense against Russian propaganda: MEPs

Europe needs to bolster defenses against Russian meddling substantially ahead of upcoming elections, notably by spending much more, MEPs argued Wednesday during a plenary debate in Strasbourg. “Next year the citizens of Europe will elect a new European Parliament. How many seats will Russia get? Let’s not kid ourselves. Russian meddling is becoming the norm,” said Jeppe
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White House scrambles after false missile warning in Hawaii

A false warning of a missile threat in Hawaii sent White House aides scrambling Saturday, frantically phoning agencies to determine a response and triggering worries about their preparedness almost a year into the Trump administration. U.S. President Donald Trump’s Cabinet has yet to test formal plans for how to respond to a domestic missile attack, according to a senior
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How the Facebook algorithm update will change your news feed

The Facebook algorithm is about to change again (Picture: Getty) You Facebook news feed is about to change. Recently, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook was reverting to its roots as a site for online socialising. New Galaxy S9 leak reveals Samsung’s final secrets The site is taking steps to push more personal content – so you may be more likely to see your friend
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New Galaxy S9 leak reveals one of Samsung’s final secrets

This ‘leaked image’ claims to show the new S9 and S9+ (Credit: Weibo) Samsung has revealed very little about the upcoming Galaxy S9 smartphone except for the release date – which will be at Mobile World Congress in late February. But that was one of the few surprises left, as every other detail about the handset has been leaked through the supply chain, via network