December 14, 2019

Solutions, journalism and the future of google algorithms

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By Giles Crosse, From Reuters Community A recent story from Journalism.co.uk hints a new google algorithm system could shake up page rankings for original, positive reporting. The story reveals that to help publishers reap the rewards for their original investigative reporting, Google is changing the way investigative journalism content is recognised and ranked. “Original reporting is at […]

Virgin Galactic is going public to fund its expensive tourist spaceflights

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By Steve Dent From engadget It’ll keep the company running until commercial launches begin. Space tourism company Virgin Galactic has announced that it will go public via a merger with an investment firm. Its new partner, Social Capital Hedosophia (SCH), will invest $800 million in exchange for a 49 percent stake and take Virgin Galactic public later […]

US cyberattack reportedly knocked out Iran missile control systems

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By Jon Fingas From engadget The President reportedly signed off on the digital strike. he US may have withheld a physical military response to Iran shooting down a drone, but it might not have shown similar restraint with a digital campaign. Washington Post sources say the President greenlit a long-in-the-making cyberattack that took down Iranian missile control computers […]

The promise Mars, Nestlé, and Hershey won’t make

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By Katrina French From Freedom United Mars, Nestlé, and Hershey Won’t Promise Chocolate is Free from Child Labor – The Washington Post The world’s largest chocolate companies promised to eradicate child labor from their supply chains 20 years ago. But today, these same companies say they cannot guarantee that the chocolate you buy is free […]

Scientists not amused by endangered monk seal with eel in its nose

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By Laura Goldman from Care2 Could it be the seal equivalent of human teens eating Tide pods? Maybe you’ve seen the photo of a juvenile Hawaiian monk seal with an eel stuck up its nose. Believe it or not, this wasn’t the only seal who’s gotten itself into this predicament. Scientists who’ve observed Hawaiian monk seals—one of […]

NASA launching safety review of SpaceX because Elon Musk smoked pot

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By AJ Dellinger From engadget Boeing will also be reviewed. When NASA tapped SpaceX and Boeing to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, the companies likely expected the government agency would keep a close eye on things. But they probably didn’t expect a probe prompted by a podcast. According to the Washington Post, NASA […]

Fisherman risks his life to save a humpback whale

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By: Laura Goldman From Care2 As they headed back toward the central California coast after fishing for slime eel in the Pacific Ocean, Sam Synstelien and Nicholas Taron made a troubling discovery: a humpback whale was entangled in a buoy’s rope, frantically trying to free itself Synstelien immediately called the U.S. Coast Guard but was […]

Now Segway and Lime are sorting out blame for scooter battery issues

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By Richard Lawler From engadget A Segway exec said ‘only Lime’ has experienced fire incidents. With electric scooters popping up in cities around the globe, people are wondering — for many reasons — if they’re actually safe. Earlier this week Lime announced it had recalled Segway Ninebot scooters it operates, and restricted charging to only […]

New report helps shed light on who the Shadow Brokers might be

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By Yoni Heisler From BGR Earlier this month, a piece of ransomeware known as WannaCry began spreading quickly across the globe and promptly commanded the world’s attention. Once WannaCry took hold of a machine, it encrypted all of a user’s files and demanded a payment of $300 in Bitcoin in order to retrieve them. Thankfully, […]

Alibaba grows its empire into news, to buy the South China Morning Post

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By Seth Fiegerman From Mashable Alibaba has long dominated China’s online shopping market. Now the company is about to own a significant chunk of the country’s media industry too. The Chinese e-commerce giant announced on Friday that it has agreed to acquire the South China Morning Post, a popular English-language daily newspaper in China. Along […]