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Facebook changes 'Trending' feature to rely less on human editors
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:34:37 -0400
Computer screens display the Facebook sign-in screen in this photo illustration taken in GoldenBy Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc changed its popular "Trending" feature, which shows users the most-talked about topics of the day, to make it more automated and further eliminate the potential for human bias, the company wrote in a blog post on Friday. The update is Facebook's latest attempt in recent months to stress its neutrality as its influence grows. Facebook said an internal probe found no evidence of bias.

Iran detects malware in petrochemical plants, says not linked to recent fires
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:46:09 -0400
Iran has detected and removed malicious software from two of its petrochemical complexes, a senior military official said on Saturday, after announcing last week it was investigating whether recent petrochemical fires were caused by cyber attacks. The official said the malware at the two plants was inactive and had not played a role in the fires. "In periodical inspection of petrochemical units, a type of industrial malware was detected and the necessary defensive measures were taken," Gholamreza Jalali, head of Iran's civilian defense, was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA.
Economists see ride-hailing industry as ripe for competition
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:47:11 -0400
A driver leaves the office of taxi-hailing service Uber Inc during a driver recruitment event in Hong KongBy Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chinese powerhouse Didi Chuxing's acquisition of Uber Technologies Inc's China operations marked the biggest move yet toward consolidation in an industry that many investors and Silicon Valley pundits view as a winner-take-all game. On the day the Didi deal was announced earlier this month, Uber board member Bill Gurley said Uber's rivals in other markets had a slim chance of splitting the market with the dominant player, just as Uber struggled to erode Didi's share in China. After China, the industry will consolidate in other markets, said Hans Tung, an Asia-focused investor and managing partner at GGV Capital, which backed Didi and Grab, a Singapore-based ride service.

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Facebook removes human-written descriptions on Trending topics
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:27:52 -0400
The social media service has been criticized for political bias in Trending topics previously.
Spyware firm tied to iPhone hack has U.S. ties
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:27:57 -0400
A San Francisco-based private equity firm has owned it, and it's touted its spyware chops.
Google Fiber expansion hitting stumbling blocks: reports
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:28:58 -0400
Google Fiber's plans to bring super-fast Internet speeds throughout the U.S. are hitting some stumbling blocks, according to recent reports. 
Kim Komando: How to request old military records
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:34:41 -0400
Kim advises on how to attain old military records, best ways to sell on Craigslist & more.
iPhone 6 ‘touch disease’ a boon to fixit shops
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:50:53 -0400
Jessa Jones is among scores of independent gadget repair shops across the country receiving an increase in orders to fix the gray bar issue.
5 ways to make money you've probably never thought of
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:45:14 -0400
Kim Komando talks easy ways to make some extra cash, including renting out your car.
Fox Sports' Apple TV app to show 4 games at once
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:17:04 -0400
It's a first for Apple TV viewers and rivals what Dish, DirecTV offer.
Apollo Global takes Rackspace private in $4.3B deal
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:41:17 -0400
Private equity firm Apollo Global has agreed to buy cloud-services company Rackspace Hosting in a $4.3 billion deal that
Weekend deals: Big TVs to kick off football season
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:59:31 -0400
We found three great big screen TVs on sale in time for football season.
Could a lithium shortage derail electric car boom?
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:03:33 -0400
Lithium reserves we’re currently tapping into are finite.
Energy saving starts with your thermostat
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:21:41 -0400
Energy saving starts with your thermostat
SpaceX cargo ship back on Earth after splashdown
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:03:36 -0400
The Dragon capsule is carrying 3,000 pounds of cargo from the International Space Station.
The best dishwashers under $600
Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:03:46 -0400
These machines are the best budget buys.
Yearlong Mars simulation nears end in Hawaii
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:18:41 -0400
Six scientists are close to wrapping up a year of near isolation in a Mars simulation.
3 ways to make money you’ve never thought of
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:43:43 -0400
Kim Komando talks about easy ways to make a little extra on the side, including renting out your bike or delivering packages for people.
7 smart gadgets to make your dog a connected pet
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:23:05 -0400
Technology: unleashed
Watch SpaceX Dragon float away from ISS
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:52:58 -0400
NASA video shows a robotic arm releasing the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station over Australia.
Does your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus have 'touch disease'?
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:12:36 -0400
More and more iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners are seeing their devices spontaneously stop responding to touch input. If you notice a thin, flickering gray bar mysteriously appearing along the top edge of your iPhone's display, that's really bad news: it's got the disease.
Identity thieves are heading back to school, too
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:32:02 -0400
How college kids and even elementary students (!) are vulnerable.
Uber bled more than $1 billion during The first half of 2016
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:06:07 -0400
Even for the most valuable startup in the world, that's a lot of money.Video provided by Newsy
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'First Apple computer' sells for $815,000
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:10:09 GMT
A prototype Apple 1, a holy-grail item in electronics memorabilia, has sold for $815,000 (£618,000) in an online auction.
WhatsApp and Facebook data sharing plan being investigated
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:20:58 GMT
The UK's Information Commissioner (ICO) is looking into WhatsApp's decision to share more data with parent company Facebook.
Russian MP's son convicted of hacking scheme
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:55:58 GMT
Russian Roman Seleznev has been found guilty in the US of running a hacking scheme that stole $169m (£131m).
US authorities investigate cyber-attack against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:23:30 GMT
The Department of Homeland Security says it's looking into a cyber-attack on Leslie Jones' website and iCloud account.
WhatsApp users to receive adverts
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:10:09 GMT
WhatsApp changes its privacy policy so that businesses can send messages to people using the service.
HP laptop blocks over-shoulder snooping
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:20:57 GMT
Computer firm Hewlett-Packard has developed two new laptops that feature an optional privacy mode that obscures the screen unless viewed face-on.
Lawnmower prompts Northern Lights alert
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:23:41 GMT
A lawnmower has been blamed for wrongly triggering sensors that predict when the Northern Lights will be visible in the UK.
McDonald's fitness bands recalled after skin-burn complaints
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:22:34 GMT
McDonald's is recalling millions of fitness wristbands that it bundled with Happy Meals after customers complained of skin irritation and burns.
Microsoft Excel blamed for gene study errors
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:20:31 GMT
Microsoft's Excel has been blamed for some errors in academic papers on genomics.
Italy quake rescuers ask locals to unlock their wi-fi
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:36:11 GMT
Rescue teams searching for earthquake survivors trapped in central Italy have asked locals to unlock their wi-fi passwords.
Uber adds advance bookings in London
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:00:00 GMT
Transport app Uber allows customers in London to book journeys up to 30 days in advance.
Head teacher Ashley Yates jailed for filming pupils in toilets
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:55:38 GMT
A primary school head teacher who used a spy pen to film pupils in the toilets at his school is jailed.
Airlander 10: Longest aircraft hit power cable before nosediving
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:25:36 GMT
The world's longest aircraft came into contact with "high voltage power cables" before nosediving on landing, UK Power Networks says.
Pokemon Go-playing driver kills woman in Japan
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:24:47 GMT
A driver playing Pokemon Go while behind the wheel in Japan is arrested after hitting two women, killing one of them, say police.
Asian companies have world's worst cybersecurity says study
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:59:11 GMT
Asian organisations are the worst prepared against cyber-attacks globally, according to US security company Mandiant.
Apple accused of iPhone 6 'touch disease' defect
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:19:02 GMT
Apple faces claims that it is failing to address a flaw that causes iPhone screens to become unresponsive.
Self-driving taxi trial kicks off in Singapore
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:33:42 GMT
As the industry races to make driverless cars viable, a small fleet of computer-driven taxis are taking passengers in Singapore.
Why Pokemon Go may have passed its peak
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:13:35 GMT
New independent data suggests that the augmented reality craze is beginning to cool off.
Google punishes sites with pop-up adverts
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:17:04 GMT
Google will give a lower search ranking to sites with "frustrating" pop-up ads from 2017.
Ghostbusters star hit by cyber-attack
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:13:28 GMT
Intimate images of Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones and racist photos appear on her website after it was targeted in a cyber-attack.
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