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Facebook assigns you a fake-news-flagging trustworthiness score

A new way to attack Facebook is to fraudulently report a news story as false in hopes of reducing its visibility, either because someone wants to censor it or just doesn’t agree with it. Sometimes known as “brigading,” a concerted effort by trolls to flag a piece of content can reduce its visibility. Facebook now sends stories reported as false to third-party fact checkers, and these purposefully inaccurate reports can clog the already-overcrowded queues that fact checkers struggle to worth through. That’s why Facebook gives users a trustworthiness score ranging from 0 to 1 depend on the reliability of their flags of false news,  The Washington Post reports. If they flag something as false news but fact checkers verify it as true, that could hurt their score and reduce how heavily Facebook factors in their future flagging.  If users consistently report false news that’s indeed proven to be false, their score improves and Facebook will trust their future flagging more. Facebook’s News Feed product manager Tessa Lyons confirmed the scoring system exists. There’s currently no way to see your own or someone else’s trustworthiness score. And other signals are used to compute the score as well, though Facebook won’t reveal them for fear of trolls gaming the system. Friend-ranking scores This isn’t the only way Facebook ranks users, though. It assigns you a shifting score of affinity toward each of your friends that determines how frequently you see them in the News Feed. This “friend-ranking” score is essentially a measure of graph distance from you to someone else. If you like a ton of someone’s posts, get tagged in photos with them, search for them, view their profile, communicate with them, have lots of mutual friends, are in the same Groups and have similar biographical characteristics like location and age, your score toward them is lower and you’ll see more of them in your feed. However, they have a different score for you depending on their behavior, so constantly viewing someone else’s profile won’t make you show up in their feed more if they don’t reciprocate the interest. I first reported on these friend scores almost exactly seven years ago, and you can still view them for yourself using this browser bookmarklet built by Jeremy Keeshin.

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Google Assistant’s latest feature delivers just the ‘good news’

You’re not the only one feeling run down by the news of the day. The folks at Google apparently believe we could all use a dose of good news, at times, too. The company today announced it’s testing a new Google Assistant feature called “Tell me something good” that will allow users to hear a summary of more uplifting news stories. The stories will focus on people who are “solving problems for our communities and our world,” says Google. To activate the feature, Assistant users in the U.S. can say, “Hey Google, tell me something good” to kick off the daily briefing of happy stories. Google offers some examples of what the “good news” may include, like a story about how  Georgia State University  stopped students from slipping through the cracks; or how backyard beekeepers in East Detroit are bringing back the dwindling bee population; or how Iceland curbed teen drinking. The stories are selected and summarized by the nonpartisan nonprofit  Solutions Journalism Network , an organization that helps train journalists to better cover how people are responding to problems and how those actions can have positive results. The stories themselves, meanwhile, will be chosen from a wide range of media outlets. The feature arrives at a time when many people are feeling overwhelmed by the news, much of which is negative and troubling. Some psychologists believe this sort of exposure may have long-lasting effects on mental health, contributing to stress, anxiety, depression, and even PTSD, in some cases. The impact may be greater if the news outlets you’re exposed to emphasize the suffering and emotional components of the stories they present, according to psychologist Dr. Graham Davey, who spoke to The Huffington Post about the topic back in 2015. In addition, a more  recent survey  from the American Psychological Association found that more than half of Americans now say that the news causes them stress, and many report feeling anxiety, fatigue or experiencing sleep loss as a result. And new data from Blue Cross Blue Shield states that more than 9 million people in the U.S.

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Leica M10-P Hands-on Photos

Want to see exactly what the new Leica M10-P digital M-system rangefinder camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Leica M10-P digital M-system rangefinder camera.

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Leica M10-P – the Most Discrete Leica M-camera Ever Made

The Leica M10-P digital rangefinder camera is exceptionally discreet and concentrates entirely on the most essential camera functions. The Leica M10-P has an extremely low noise level of its shutter, the quietest shutter release of all M-cameras ever made. In addition the camera has no Leica red dot logo on the front and features only discreet Leica lettering on its top plate. The Leica M10-P is available from today from authorised Leica UK stores and authorised Leica dealers and is offered in a choice of black chrome and silver chrome finishes for £6,500 including VAT.

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Delkin Premium 2933X XQD Memory Cards

Delkin Devices announced today the newest addition to their ever-growing line of memory-based products: Premium 2933X XQD memory cards for both Sony and Nikon cameras. Utilizing a 2nd generation PCI Express interface and delivering blazing-fast write speeds up to 400MB/s (up to 440MB/s read speeds), Delkin Premium XQD memory cards are capable of capturing flawless cinema-quality footage, including DCI 4K & Full HD video at 180 fps, as well as RAW photos in burst mode. Delkin Premium XQD memory cards come in the following capacities and will start shipping mid/late October: 64GB, 120GB and 240GB.

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Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 F Ultra Wide-angle Lens for Nikon

Samyang have unveiled their first ever AF lens for Nikon cameras, the AF 14mm F2.8 F ultra wide-angle lens. This compact ultra wide-angle lens weighs only 484g ands is comprised of 15 elements in 10 groups, including 2 aspherical elements, 4 high refractive (HR) elements and 1 extra-low dispersion (ED) glass element. The Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 F will be available from September 2018 priced at £649.99.

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Samyang MF 85mm F1.8 ED UMC CS for APS-C Mirrorless Cameras

Samyang has unveiled the MF 85mm F1.8 ED UMC CS lens for mirrorless cameras with APS-C crop sensors. The MF 85mm F1.8 ED UMC CS is designed for use with APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras in the following mounts: Sony E, Fujifilm X, Canon M, and Micro-Four-Thirds. The suggested retail price is £319.99 and it will be available from September 2018.

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Motorola phone ‘brazen copy’ of iPhone X – BBC News

BBC News Motorola phone 'brazen copy' of iPhone X BBC News However, reviewers said the new Motorola P30 was a "brazen" and "egregious" rip-off of Apple's flagship device. Lenovo, which owns the Motorola brand, has not yet responded to the criticism. Motorola was a pioneer in the mobile phone industry, but its ... Motorola copied iPhone X for its new P30? So have other Android phones Hindustan Times all 163 news articles »

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