Daily Archives: March 13, 2018

Twitch will now give Prime users free games each month

A bit of fun news for Amazon / Twitch Prime users: you’re going to get some free games each month. Twitch has just announced Free Games With Prime, a program in a similar vein as Microsoft’s Games with Gold on Xbox Live, or Sony’s offerings alongside PlayStation Plus. In short: each month, they’ll offer a selection of PC games. Download ...

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Report calls for algorithmic transparency and education to fight fake news

A report commissioned by European lawmakers has called for more transparency from online platforms to help combat the spread of false information online. It also calls for urgent investment in media and information literacy education, and strategies to empower journalists and foster a diverse and sustainable news media ecosystem. The High-Level Expert Group (HLEG), which authored the report, was set ...

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Physicist Stephen Hawking dies at the age of 76 – family

Published time: 14 Mar, 2018 03:49 Edited time: 14 Mar, 2018 03:58 Renowned British scientist Stephen Hawking, known for his breakthrough ideas in theoretical physics and space research, has died at the age of 76, according to media reports citing his family’s spokesperson. “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and ...

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Mysterious loud boom shakes Oklahoma, locals report green and orange flashes

Residents across Oklahoma and Texas were jostled from their daily routines after hearing a loud boom Tuesday afternoon. Many were left scratching their heads and watching the skies for the source of the explosive phenomenon. While the US Geological Survey has not reported any earthquakes in the region, the National Weather Services in Norman, Oklahoma has said it is possible ...

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UN says Facebook is accelerating ethnic violence in Myanmar

The United Nations has warned that Facebook’s platform is contributing to the spread of hate speech and ethnic violence in crisis-hit Myanmar. It’s yet another black mark against social media at a time when the tech industry’s reputation as an accelerator of false information is attracting criticismfrom the highest places. This week the government of Sri Lanka also sought to block ...

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Russia defies UK ultimatum for ex-spy poisoning explanation as deadline runs out

Russia will not respond to UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s demand for an explanation over the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury until it has a sample of the toxin. May’s deadline expired on Wednesday at midnight. The Russian embassy in the UK backed Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s earlier statement that Moscow would not respond to London’s ultimatum unless ...

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High-ranking State Dept. official sacked after saying Tillerson was fired in a tweet

State Department Under Secretary Steve Goldstein was fired after he said his boss, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was surprised by President Donald Trump’s decision to oust him. He will be replaced by Heather Nauert. Goldstein, who took the job on December 4, was fired on Tuesday, shortly after he issued a statement suggesting that former Secretary of State ...

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Google Assistant multi-step routines are now live in the U.S.

Google Assistant is about to start doing more without quite as much talking on your part. Long-awaited multi-step routines are just today starting to roll out to users in the U.S., as first spotted by Android Police. In the case of “Good Morning,” which seems to be the first of the multi-step routines to go live, you can get Assistant ...

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Trump eyeing punitive tariffs on $60bn of Chinese imports, tech – report

The Trump administration is looking to impose additional tariffs on Chinese goods and plans to target Beijing’s telecommunications and technology sectors, reports say. US President Donald Trump is eying imposing tariffs on $ 60 billion of Chinese imports, Reuters reports via a White House source. Washington contemplated the tariffs after accusing Chinese technology companies of intellectual property theft, alleging that ...

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Google Assistant multi-step routines are now live in the U.S.

Google Assistant is about to start doing more without quite as much talking on your part. Long-awaited multi-step routines are just today starting to roll out to users in the U.S., as first spotted by Android Police. In the case of “Good Morning,” which seems to be the first of the multi-step routines to go live, you can get Assistant ...

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