Facebook VP Says Company Won’t Use Experts To Fix Fake News Because It is Worried About Criticism

Facebook VP Says Company Won’t Use Experts To Fix Fake News Because It is Worried About Criticism
Published on January 22, 2018 at 03:00PM
Joshua Topolsky, writing for The Outline: According to Axios reporter Ina Fried, the vice president of global communications, marketing, and public policy (phew!) at Facebook shook off suggestions that the network should use outside media literacy watch dogs as opposed to outsourcing its “fake news” problem to a “statistically representative” group of its own users. While speaking at the tech conference DLD (Digital Life Design) in Munich, he revealed that the real motivation behind the company’s decision was one based almost entirely on optics. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, read more

LWN.Net Celebrates Its 20th Birthday

LWN.Net Celebrates Its 20th Birthday
Published on January 22, 2018 at 12:34PM
Free software/Linux news site LWN.net just celebrated its 20th birthday, with publisher Jonathan Corbet calling the last two decades “an amazing journey.” LWN published the first edition of their weekly newsletter on January 22, 1998, and Corbet (who also contributes to the Linux kernel) writes today that “It has been quite a ride. We in the free-software community set out to change the world, and we succeeded beyond our wildest expectations.”
Here’s how he described their second edition the next week…
We were arguably helped by the lead news in that edition: Netscape’s decision to open-source its “Communicator” web browser. That quickly brought the world’s attention to open-source read more

Uber Eats acquires Ando, the food delivery startup from David Change that makes its own food

As food delivery hopefuls like Deliveroo and Amazon get more involved in the making of food themselves, Uber’s food delivery branch Uber Eats has made an acquisition that could see the company also producing more of the product it’s bringing to its customers. Ando — the delivery-only ‘restaurant’ founded by Momofuku chef David Chang — announced today that it has been acquired by Uber Eats.

According to the notice on its homepage, the company is shutting down its service — live only in New York — effective immediately as it begins to integrate with Uber Eats.

Since launching in May 2016, the company had been working with Uber Eats as a delivery partner, alongside other delivery services and a few of its own people.

Ando doesn’t say outright what its role will be at its new parent. “We’ve worked with Uber to power our delivery from the start, and we’re excited our team and technology will play a role in their vision of building the world’s leading food delivery read more

LWN.Net Celebrates Its 20th Birthday

LWN.Net Celebrates Its 20th Birthday
Published on January 22, 2018 at 12:34PM
Free software/Linux news site LWN.net just celebrated its 20th birthday, with publisher Jonathan Corbet calling the last two decades “an amazing journey.” LWN published the first edition of their weekly newsletter on January 22, 1998, and Corbet (who also contributes to the Linux kernel) writes today that “It has been quite a ride. We in the free-software community set out to change the world, and we succeeded beyond our wildest expectations.”
Here’s how he described their second edition the next week…
We were arguably helped by the lead news in that edition: Netscape’s decision to open-source its “Communicator” web browser. That quickly brought the world’s attention to open-source read more

Nokia will disable the key feature of its priciest scale

Like most smart scales, the FDA initially considered the scale as a “wellness device,” requiring little in the way of scrutiny. In the last two years, however, something must have changed for the company to suddenly row back on both selling the device, and deactivating existing units. Users are told that they are unable to opt out of the software update, which is coming on January 24th. In addition, the device itself has been withdrawn from sale until such time as the hardware can be altered.

This isn’t the first time that Nokia has driven a truck through its Withings’-made products to the consternation of users. Last summer, the company updated the Health Mate app, redesigning the look and removing several features, prompting something of an apology from Nokia. It’s likely that those folks who wanted to use this device to measure their hypertension (or other cardiac issues) will be similarly miffed now.

In the document, read more

Ralph Lauren’s Olympic Jacket Uses Heat-Conducting Ink

When the American Olympic team rolls into PyeongChang for this year’s Winter Olympic games, they’re not going to be cold. The team’s opening and closing ceremony uniforms, designed by Ralph Lauren, nod to iconic symbols of American fashion—jeans, wool sweater, mountaineering boots, and brown suede explorer gloves—while prioritizing warmth in the chilly South Korean winter. There’s also another high-tech advantage: As part of the uniform, Ralph Lauren designed a parka and a bomber jacket that each use a heat-conducting ink to generate warmth like an electric blanket.

“We’re looking back and celebrating what’s iconic and symbolic of America, and merging that with where we’re headed,” says David Lauren, the company’s chief innovation officer and son of the designer who founded the brand. The uniform, he says, represents American frontiers: “the frontiers of the 1800s and 1900s, between the jeans and the gloves, and then the frontier of today, which read more

Registration Strong for Caribbean Travel Marketplace

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Registration for this month's Caribbean Travel Marketplace, to be held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, … Buyer companies hail from Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, the …
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Buzzcom Telecom offers fast access to rural firms

Rural businesses stuck with slow connections are being offered a lifeline.

 British company, buzzbox Telecom, has developed a 4G business-grade dongle that offers connectivity for up to 10 devices. The system offers a choice of O2 or Vodafone to connect users through the company’s wi-fi network. The cost of the service is £20 per month with no long-term contract and a one-off set up fee of £29.

Access to fast broadband remains a problem for many rural companies. According to Ofcom’s State of Nations report, last December,  about 17% of rural premises are not receiving a viable broadband connection,  This compares to just 2% in urban areas.

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Stuart Spice, founder and director of buzzbox Telecom, comments: “I know first-hand how important it is to have a good broadband connection for your business. Access to high speed broadband is not only important for keeping up with news and information, communication with your friends and family but most importantly for the growth and development read more

Anorak scores £4M funding to make life insurance more accessible

VCs continue to pump money into startups attempting to inject life into the legacy and lucrative insurance industry. The latest ‘insurtech’ company to pick up funding in the U.K. is Anorak Technologies, which is on a self-described mission to “build the world’s smartest independent insurance adviser,” starting with life insurance.

The London-based startup has raised £4 million in seed funding from Kamet Ventures, the €100 million-backed incubator set up by insurance giant AXA. Anorak says it will use the new capital to invest in the platform, including taking advantage of Open Banking, and for business development, such as forging partnerships with banks, wealth managers, and online brokers.

Like almost every other insurance startup, Anorak is talking up its use of data science and machine learning to help you find the life insurance policy most suited to you. But, tellingly, it is also trying to crack the sales and distribution funnel, noting that most people in the read more