Tag Archives: development

Facebook assigns a trustworthiness score to each of its users, tracking things like whether an article a user flags as false turns out, after review,…

Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post : Facebook assigns a trustworthiness score to each of its users, tracking things like whether an article a user flags as false turns out, after review, to be true   —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has begun to assign its users a reputation score, predicting their trustworthiness on a scale from zero to one.

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School districts are increasingly using social media monitoring systems from companies like Firestorm to prevent sexting, bullying, mass shootings,…

Tom Simonite / Wired : School districts are increasingly using social media monitoring systems from companies like Firestorm to prevent sexting, bullying, mass shootings, and more   —  New teachers, new backpacks, new crushes—and algorithms trawling students' social media posts.  —  Blake Prewitt …

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To combat fake news on WhatsApp, the South Indian state of Kerala is running 40-minute classes in 150 schools to educate kids in spotting viral hoaxes…

Soutik Biswas / BBC : To combat fake news on WhatsApp, the South Indian state of Kerala is running 40-minute classes in 150 schools to educate kids in spotting viral hoaxes   —  Mobs have lynched at least 25 people across India after reading false rumours spread on WhatsApp.  Now the authorities in one Indian state …

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Michael Rothenberg files suit against Silicon Valley Bank, alleges it transferred $4.25M to the wrong account, making it appear he had misappropriated…

Stephen Shankland / CNET : Michael Rothenberg files suit against Silicon Valley Bank, alleges it transferred $4.25M to the wrong account, making it appear he had misappropriated funds   —  Mike Rothenberg's story has all the elements of a Silicon Valley drama: A wunderkind shakes up the venture capitalist business …

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Analysis of 200+ EU news sites shows that, since GDPR came into effect, on average 22% fewer cookies and 7% fewer social sharing buttons per-page are…

Catalin Cimpanu / BleepingComputer : Analysis of 200+ EU news sites shows that, since GDPR came into effect, on average 22% fewer cookies and 7% fewer social sharing buttons per-page are loaded   —  The number of tracking cookies on EU news sites has gone down by 22% according to a report by the Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford …

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RDMD, which sells anonymized and analyzed medical data of its app users to pharma companies to help develop medicines for rare diseases, raises $3M…

Josh Constine / TechCrunch : RDMD, which sells anonymized and analyzed medical data of its app users to pharma companies to help develop medicines for rare diseases, raises $3M seed funding   —  You wouldn't expect a medical app to get its start as a Snapchat competitor.  Neither did video chat startup TapTalk's founder Onno Faber.

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IMAX says it has canceled the development of a VR camera it had partnered with Google on; source: Google pulled out late last year as it shifted its…

Janko Roettgers / Variety : IMAX says it has canceled the development of a VR camera it had partnered with Google on; source: Google pulled out late last year as it shifted its focus to AR   —  Google and Imax won't be building a virtual reality (VR) camera together after all: A joint camera project that the two companies embarked …

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SEC settles case against VC Michael Rothenberg alleging he misappropriated millions of investor dollars; he will be barred from investment advising…

Stephen Shankland / CNET : SEC settles case against VC Michael Rothenberg alleging he misappropriated millions of investor dollars; he will be barred from investment advising for 5 years   —  The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday said it has settled a case against Michael Rothenberg, a San Francisco venture capitalist …

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Twitch says it will start showing ads to new Twitch Prime members from Sept. 14 and existing members Oct. 15; the $9/month Turbo plan will keep…

Nick Statt / The Verge : Twitch says it will start showing ads to new Twitch Prime members from Sept. 14 and existing members Oct. 15; the $9/month Turbo plan will keep ad-free viewing   —  Twitch says its $8.99-per-month Turbo subscription will still offer ad-free viewing  —  Twitch Prime, the streaming video …

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Sources: Apple to debut a pro-focused upgrade to Mac mini and a low-cost laptop like MacBook Air but with smaller bezels and a retina 13" screen…

Bloomberg : Sources: Apple to debut a pro-focused upgrade to Mac mini and a low-cost laptop like MacBook Air but with smaller bezels and a retina 13" screen later this year   —  - Retina laptop, pro-focused Mac mini desktop coming this year  — Apple reported fewest Mac sales since 2010 during last quarter

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Nvidia debuts GeForce RTX 2000 GPU series with RTX 2070, RTX 2080, RTX 2080 Ti, claims up to 6 times more performance than last gen, begins shipping…

Tom Warren / The Verge : Nvidia debuts GeForce RTX 2000 GPU series with RTX 2070, RTX 2080, RTX 2080 Ti, claims up to 6 times more performance than last gen, begins shipping Sept. 20   —  $1,199 for Nvidia's fastest GeForce card  —  Nvidia is unveiling its new GeForce RTX 2000 series of graphics cards at Gamescom in Germany today.

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Messaging firm Line launches a dedicated crypto fund

Messaging company Line is continuing to burrow deep into the crypto space after it announced the launch of a $10 million investment fund. The fund will be operated by Line’s Korea-based blockchain subsidiary  Unblock Corporation , which is tasked with research, education and other blockchain-related services. The fund will be called Unblock Ventures and it’ll initially have a capital pool of $10 million but Line said that is likely to increase over time. The company said the fund will be focused on early-stage startup investments, but it didn’t provide further details. Line is listed in Tokyo and on the NYSE. This fund makes it one of the first publicly traded companies to create a dedicated crypto investment vehicle. The objective, it said, is “to boost the development and adoption of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.” Line claims nearly 200 million users of its messaging app, which is particularly popular in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia. The company also offers a range of connected services that include payment, social games, ride-hailing, food delivery and more. This marks Line’s second major crypto move this year following the launch of its BitBox exchange last month. It isn’t available in the U.S. or Japan right now but Line envisages closes ties with its messaging service and other features further down the line. These moves into crypto come despite some serious downturn in the valuation of the space this year following record highs in January which saw the value of one Bitcoin touch nearly $20,000 and Ethereum, among others, surged

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