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The fact fake news 'outperformed' real news on Facebook proves the problem is wildly out of control (FB)

Facebook's fake news problem is wildly out of control.

BuzzFeed is reporting that at the end of the US presidential election, the top malicious fake news stories actually outperformed the most popular legitimate news stories shared by media companies.

According to data from a Facebook-monitoring tool, the top 20 fake news stories collectively got more engagements — shares, likes, comments — than the top 20 factually accurate news stories shared by mainstream news outlets.

Twitter has added QR codes but people aren't sure why (TWTR)

Twitter has added QR codes to its iOS and Android apps as the company struggles to convince investors that it's on the right path.

The new feature — designed to make it easier to follow people — was announced on Twitter by Brittany Forks, who is a designer at the social network.

But people are criticising the feature on the company's own platform, saying it's cumbersome and not what the struggling company needs right now.

3 ways e-Commerce should cash in from the Cloud
Posted November 17, 2016 0:26 AM
3 ways e-Commerce should cash in from the Cloud

Shoppers will soon simply just nod their heads — wearing virtual-reality headsets — to make payments.

But for the time being, consumers are shopping on the go using their mobile devices in full force, causing e-commerce executives to assess whether their current platforms are really measuring up to customer expectations.

A smooth e-commerce operation is a must for any expanding business, according to research from Forrester in "The Value of Agile Commerce: How Commerce Leaders Use SaaS to Drive Business Success".

Russia has banned LinkedIn
Posted November 17, 2016 0:56 AM
Russia has banned LinkedIn

Russian courts have banned LinkedIn, the Financial Times reports

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A $19 billion hedge fund is trying to recruit tech talent with a coding contest

A $19 billion UK-based hedge fund just launched a coding contest with cash prizes for young Europeans.

Man AHL, a quantitative fund within Man Group, launched a contest for EU and Swiss residents who are between ages 16 and 25.

Here's more info from Man:

"Entrants will be tasked with writing code using Python, the programming language which Man AHL utilises for its systematic models, to control a player for Man AHL’s homemade game HiveMinder. The seven coders that perform the best will be invited to a day of live coding at Man AHL’s offices in London to determine the ultimate winner. The top 3 finalists will be awarded cash prizes of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 respectively and all finalists are encouraged to apply for an internship at Man AHL."

Quant strategies have

The internet is giving over $250,000 to a church burned and spraypainted with Trump graffiti

On Tuesday, November 1, a week before the US presidential election, someone vandalized and burned down the historic 111-year-old Hopewell Baptist Church, a predominantly black Baptist church in Greenville, Mississippi.

The culprits signed this act with graffiti that said "Vote Trump."

It was labeled a hate crime by the Greenville police, and news of it was reported by the local and national press, where Blair Reeves, a Principal Product Manager for big data software company SAS, saw the story.

SpaceX just asked permission to launch 4,425 satellites — more than currently orbit Earth

SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by the Mars-hungry tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, just made a big move to enshroud the planet in high-speed internet coverage.

On November 15, the company filed a lengthy application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch 4,425 satellites. (We first heard about the filing through the r/SpaceX community on Reddit.)

That is a hell of a lot of satellites.

According to a database compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists, there are

Apple has a secret team working to make the iPhone's camera a portal to augmented reality (AAPL)

Apple is integrating augmented reality technology into the iPhone’s camera app, a person familiar with the matter told Business Insider.

The effort, which involves teams from several acquired startups, reflects Apple’s near-term desire to put augmented reality technology into consumers' hands even as it develops special glasses that could eventually change the way people perceive their surroundings.

Apple also recently hired an expert in head-mounted displays, in the latest sign of its longer-term glasses initiative.

Augmented reality is an exploding field in technology in which digital objects are superimposed onto the real world. A view of a city street for instance can be enriched with a map for directions, a coupon for a nearby store or an animated character in a video game.

The ultimate goal is a pair of smart glasses, and companies including Google,

An 'award-losing creative' in San Francisco is poking fun at the hype over Snapchat Spectacles

If you want Snapchat's $129 Spectacles, you have to be in the right place at the right time: They're only being sold out of "Snapbots," Snapchat's very cute vending machines, from seemingly random locations all over the country.

Here's a Snapbot:

Unless you've been in Venice or Big Sur in California or Caloosa, Oklahoma, right when the Snapbots appear, or you're willing to pony up hundreds above the asking price on eBay, it's literally impossible to get Spectacles.

That hype seems to be driving people in San Francisco, usually the first ones to get any kind of cool new tech, slightly insane. 

Enter Pablo Rochat, a

Why driverless cars will be safer than human drivers

Automakers and tech companies are racing to get the first self-driving car on the road.  

Ford, GM, Tesla, Lyft, Google, and more all have plans to have some form of autonomous car ready for commercial use within the next five years. In fact, it's estimated that by 2030 driverless cars could make up as much as 60% of US auto sales, according to Goldman Sachs.

While companies all have their own reasons for investing in this technology, they all agree that one of the biggest benefits of autonomous cars will be improved safety.

How, might you ask, is a car with no human driver, no steering wheel, and no brake pedal safer than the cars we currently drive?

Well, it all comes down to the tech used to enable autonomous vehicles.

The sensors