Facebook quietly tests warnings on fake news

fb-arbiter-of-truth Facebook is showing red warning labels above fake news links in the News Feed for some users in what appears to be a limited test. TechCrunch attained the screenshot below of the warning from a source. The warning reads “This website is not a reliable news source. Reason: Classification Pending” In some cases, ‘State-Sponsored News’ appears as a reason. The warnings are… Read More

Sean Parker is partnering with the Cancer Research Institute to find a cancer vaccine

Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster Inc. and managing partner of the Founders Fund, speaks at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011. The conference brings together 1,000 senior executives entertainment, and the Internet. Photographer: Tony Avelar/Bloomberg via Getty Images Cancerous tumors carry certain genetic markers called neoantigens and Facebook billionaire Sean Parker wants to use algorithms to find them. To do so, the Sean Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy will work with more than 30 public and private pharmaceutical, biotech, cancer research nonprofits and academic institutions through a partnership with the Cancer Research Institute to use… Read More

Most students can’t tell fake news from real news, study shows

reading newspaper with ostrich If you thought you heard the last on fake news, you were sadly mistaken. A Stanford study found that the majority of middle school students can’t tell the difference between real news and fake news. In fact, 82 percent couldn’t distinguish between a real news story on a website and a “sponsored content” post. Of the 8,704 students studied (ranging in age from middle… Read More

The NTSB is investigating the ‘structural failure’ of Facebook’s Aquila internet drone

Facebook's drone Aquila can beam connectivity down to remote areas Say what you will about the merits of Facebook’s Internet.org and Free Basics — it’s pretty cool that they’re building a huge, solar-powered, laser-shooting drone to deliver it. But a “structural failure” that occurred on the Aquila’s first test flight may be more serious than Facebook made it out to be: The NTSB is conducting an investigation,… Read More

Facebook authorizes a $6B stock buyback

STANFORD, CA - JUNE 24:  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks on a panel discussion with U.S. president Barack Obama during the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University on June 24, 2016 in Stanford, California. President Obama joined Silicon Valley leaders on the final day of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Facebook today said it is authorizing a $6 billion stock buyback that will go into effect in the first quarter next year. Facebook in its last earnings call also said that its growth would likely slow as a result of the company reaching its maximum advertising load. While Facebook has historically grown at a very fast clip, the company is now in a position that it needs to find additional… Read More

Like by smiling? Facebook acquires emotion detection startup FacioMetrics

faciometrics-app Facebook could one day build facial gesture controls for its app thanks to the acquisition of a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff company called FacioMetrics. The startup made an app called Intraface that could detect seven different emotions in people’s faces, but it’s been removed from the app stores. The acquisition aligns with a surprising nugget of information Facebook… Read More