Facebook fake news: Zuckerberg details plans to combat problem

Facebook fake news: Zuckerberg details plans to combat problem

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has outlined plans for how he hopes to combat fake news on the site. Facebook became mired in controversy after some users complained fake news changed the outcome of the US election. Mr Zuckerberg posted details of several projects to “take misinformation seriously”, including methods for stronger detection and verification. He previously responded to criticism of fake news on Facebook by saying over 99% of its content was “authentic”. ‘I write…

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Early computer rebuild wins conservation award

Early computer rebuild wins conservation award

An exhibit that demonstrates what it was like to programme one of the first computers has won an award for the best computer conservation project. The award-winning interactive project recreates part of Eniac – the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer. The massive machine built from 18,000 valves and 1,500 relays first ran a program in February 1946. The exhibit was created at the Heinz Nixdorf Museum Forum (HNF) in Germany. State secret The award was…

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Apple to fix iPhone 6 Plus 'touch disease' for a fee

Apple to fix iPhone 6 Plus 'touch disease' for a fee

Apple has started offering a service to fix a fault on iPhone 6 Plus phones known as “touch disease”. Touchscreens on smartphones that have this problem gradually become unresponsive. The fault was highlighted by gadget sites which said it was caused by a manufacturing issue that meant some screen controller chips became loose. Apple was criticised by one expert who said it was the phonemaker’s responsibility to fix it. Apple is charging $ 149 in…

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Smart map aims to avoid 5G dead zones

Smart map aims to avoid 5G dead zones

Next-generation smartphones could avoid signal drop-outs thanks to new data-rich maps being produced by Ordnance Survey. The detailed 3D models feature buildings, proposed constructions, hills, trees and weather cycles, all of which can interfere with 5G signals. Researchers will be able to test towers in various locations and instantly see how well they might perform. One analyst said the tool would help networks provide better coverage. Next-generation 5G networks will offer consumers faster connections and…

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SpaceX aims to launch internet from space

SpaceX aims to launch internet from space

Private rocket firm SpaceX has applied for government permission to launch satellites that will provide global broadband internet access. In a filing to the US Federal Communications Commission (FFC), it laid out details about its plans for a 4,425-strong satellite network. It is one of several companies aiming to deploy satellite-based internet services over the next few years. SpaceX suffered a setback in September when a rocket exploded. In a statement, the firm said: “Once…

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UK broadband speed ad rules to be revamped

UK broadband speed ad rules to be revamped

UK broadband companies will be made to change the way they advertise their internet speeds, under regulator plans. The Advertising Standards Authority says current descriptions of speeds “up to” a certain amount are confusing and will be changed in 2017. However, the UK watchdog has yet to decide how they will be replaced. Digital Minister Matt Hancock said he was “delighted” by the move because the current adverts were “incredibly misleading”. The announcement comes just…

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Twitter suspends alt-right figureheads

Twitter suspends alt-right figureheads

Twitter has suspended the accounts of several members of the American alt-right movement, including the leader of a white nationalist think tank. The social network has not given an explanation for its actions. But they come the same week it announced new ways for users to complain about hateful content. Some alt-right figures have suggested a switch to Gab, an alternative micro-blogging service that promises “free speech for everyone”. But other have their doubts. “Gab…

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