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Facebook would make a martyr by banning Infowars

Alex Jones’ Infowars is a fake news-peddler. But Facebook deleting its Page could ignite a fire that consumes the network. Still, some critics are asking why it hasn’t done so already. This week Facebook held an event with journalists to discuss how it combats fake news. The company’s recently appointed head of News Feed John Hegeman explained that, “I guess just for being false, that doesn’t violate the community standards. I think part of the fundamental thing here is that we created Facebook to be a place where different people can have a voice.” In response, CNN’s Oliver Darcy tweeted : “I asked them why InfoWars is still allowed on the platform. I didn’t get a good answer.” BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel meanwhile wrote that allowing the Infowars Page to exist shows that “Facebook simply isn’t willing to make the hard choices necessary to tackle fake news.” Facebook’s own Twitter account tried to rebuke Darcy by tweeting, “We see Pages on both the left and the right pumping out what they consider opinion or analysis – but others call fake news. We believe banning these Pages would be contrary to the basic principles of free speech.”  But harm can be minimized without full-on censorship. There is no doubt that Facebook hides behind political neutrality. It fears driving away conservative users for both business and stated mission reasons. That strategy is exploited by those like Jones who know that no matter how extreme and damaging their actions, they’ll benefit from equivocation that implies ‘both sides are guilty,’ with no regard for degree. Instead of being banned from Facebook, Infowars and sites like it that constantly and purposely share dangerous hoaxes and conspiracy theories should be heavily down-ranked in the News Feed.

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Xiaomi’s former head of international Hugo Barra lands IPO windfall

Xiaomi’s IPO in Hong Kong may not have been the smash hit that the company was hoping for , but the listing is a major financial windfall for one former employee: Xiaomi’s ex-head of international Hugo Barra. Barra joined Xiaomi in 2013 from Google, where he had been a senior executive in charge of Android, but  he departed the Chinese company last year to join Facebook , where he leads the social network’s VR push . It’s conventional for staff to lose stock options when they depart a business ahead of schedule — and before their vesting period — but that didn’t apply in the case of Barra, who was allocated 86 million shares, according to details buried in Xiaomi’s prospectus that were spotted by Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan. Barra’s shares are due to vest on October 1 2018 and at the current HK$19 price  they are worth around $209 million. That’s thanks to a rush in trading that pushed the stock up by over 10 percent  today. Barra flew into Hong Kong to attend the company’s IPO ceremony on Monday, according to photos shared by Xiaomi staff. Spotted in @xiaomi 's prospectus. Any thoughts on whom it may be? pic.twitter.com/9yGv8BoEYz — Tim Culpan (@tculpan) July 10, 2018 The filing doesn’t mention Barra by name, but the job title — vice president (global business) — makes it easy to identify him since that role was created for him, he was never replaced directly and the start date is in line with his employment period. Neither Barra nor Xiaomi responded to requests for comment from TechCrunch. Barra isn’t the only former employee to retain stock options, the Chinese firm also gave an allocation to its former chief scientist and ex-director of hardware. Other non-Chinese executives who netted major financial gains from the listing include Manu Jain, who heads up Xiaomi India and is estimated to hold around $55 million  in stock. The listing may have been lackluster — Xiaomi had to settle for a valuation of around $57 billion despite aiming for as high as $100 billion — but it still created vast wealth for core company personnel. CEO Lei Jun’s stock, around 29 percent of the company, was worth $14 billion at the end of trading on day one

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A standardized digital car key is coming soon – Mashable

Mashable A standardized digital car key is coming soon Mashable Soon, you may no longer have any use for your physical keychain. A smartphone and car manufacturer consortium published the specs for a digital key that could work across devices and car models on Wednesday. The group is called the Car Connectivity ... and more »

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Best website builders for start-up founders, entrepreneurs, and anyone with a side hustle – Mashable

Mashable Best website builders for start-up founders, entrepreneurs, and anyone with a side hustle Mashable Website builders that are great if you're on a budget, looking for stylish mobile content, a minimalist approach, an ecommerce focused site, or simply a more hands-on way of doing things, have all been considered in our roundup. There's sure to be the ...

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Pre-orders for ‘Super Smash Bros.’ and ‘Super Mario Party’ are available on Amazon, and Prime members get 20% off – Mashable

Mashable Pre-orders for 'Super Smash Bros.' and 'Super Mario Party' are available on Amazon, and Prime members get 20% off Mashable ... Party series to a whole new level, with new mini-games (80 to be exact) that use the Joy-Con controllers in all types of ways and the ability to double the size of the game board when two players position their mobile -configured switches beside ... and more »

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Pre-orders for ‘Super Smash Bros.’ and ‘Super Mario Party’ are available on Amazon, and Prime members get 20% off – Mashable

Mashable Pre-orders for 'Super Smash Bros.' and 'Super Mario Party' are available on Amazon, and Prime members get 20% off Mashable ... Party series to a whole new level, with new mini-games (80 to be exact) that use the Joy-Con controllers in all types of ways and the ability to double the size of the game board when two players position their mobile -configured switches beside ... and more »

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Pre-orders for ‘Super Smash Bros.’ and ‘Super Mario Party’ are available on Amazon, and Prime members get 20% off – Mashable

Mashable Pre-orders for 'Super Smash Bros.' and 'Super Mario Party' are available on Amazon, and Prime members get 20% off Mashable ... Party series to a whole new level, with new mini-games (80 to be exact) that use the Joy-Con controllers in all types of ways and the ability to double the size of the game board when two players position their mobile -configured switches beside ... and more »

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Oppo Find X Joins Full-Screen Club, Brings Pop-Up Camera – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Oppo Find X Joins Full-Screen Club, Brings Pop-Up Camera Ubergizmo While Android OEMs are embracing the display notch en masse, a couple of manufacturers based in China are showing the world that it's possible to have a full-screen display on a smartphone if you're willing to get creative with the camera placement. and more »

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Uber Will Offer Cheaper Rides To People Who Can Wait – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Uber Will Offer Cheaper Rides To People Who Can Wait Ubergizmo Uber is testing a new feature that will offer cheaper rides to users who are willing to wait. It often happens that we absolutely have to catch an Uber at a particular time and pay for it even when surge pricing is in effect which can lead to ... and more »

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PUBG Reaches 400 Million Users, Discounts PC Version – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo PUBG Reaches 400 Million Users, Discounts PC Version Ubergizmo Fortnite may be grabbing all of the headlines these days but PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a behemoth in its own right. Bluehole, PUBG's parent company, today revealed that the title has 400 million players globally across the platforms it's ... and more »

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Dedicated Google Podcasts App Launched For Android – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Dedicated Google Podcasts App Launched For Android Ubergizmo Google has never offered a dedicated podcasts app for Android before but it's finally making amends. Its rival Apple already has a separate Podcasts app for its mobile devices and Google is now following suit with a dedicated Podcasts app for Android. Android Messages - Apps on Google Play Google Play Listen up: Google Podcasts is now on Android - Google Blog Google Blog all 237 news articles »

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Dropbox Update Lets Users Preview More Files Types – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Dropbox Update Lets Users Preview More Files Types Ubergizmo The file explorers on our computers let us preview files before we open them. For example users can open a ZIP file to look inside its contents without having to extract all of it. This is something that we're sure Dropbox users will appreciate the ... and more »

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Android Messages For The Web Is Now Live – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Android Messages For The Web Is Now Live Ubergizmo In a way it is a little ironic when you think about how when smartphones were on the rise, developers were rushing to bring desktop apps onto mobile. For example services that were typically accessed via the desktop, such as Facebook, Facebook ... and more »

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