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Google’s Fact Check Labeling System Goes Global

Google has extended the Fact Check feature it introduced last fall. Publishers now can display a Fact Check tag in news stories everywhere that Google News is available. The company also has introduced the Fact Check feature globally in Google Search, in all supported languages. "When you conduct a ...

Pro-Turkey Hackers Hit Prominent Twitter Accounts

Hundreds, if not thousands, of Twitter users, many of them high-profile, were hacked Tuesday by someone who appeared to support Turkey in its diplomatic row with the Netherlands. Their accounts displayed a Swastika -- reversed to face to the right -- as well as the Turkish flag and hashtags to the N...

Russians Scrap Jobs Tribute Over Tim Cook’s Being Gay

A group of Russian companies called the "Western European Financial Union," or ZEFS, on Friday dismantled a 6-foot, 6-inch tribute to Steve Jobs after Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly acknowledged he's gay. The Jobs tribute -- an interactive kiosk in the shape of an iPhone -- had graced the courtyard of ...

TECH TREK

Samsung Invests $2B in Biopharmaceuticals

Samsung Group, the world's leading smartphone maker, is investing at least $2 billion in... biopharmaceuticals? With this foray into the drug industry, Samsung hopes to become a major player in biotechnology, which is expected to be a booming industry in coming years. A key component of this play is...

LINUX PICKS AND PANS

Old-School Event Management Approach Hampers ETM

Etm, an acronym for "Event and Task Manager," is a very useful calendar and planning tool. However, it is a bit cumbersome to learn and far less convenient to use than alternatives. It has an intuitive task-entry format, once you learn its plain text shorthand. Etm stores events, tasks and other use...

Hour of Code Aims to Take the Mystery Out of Computer Science

More than 5 million students in 167 countries are getting at least one hour of computer coding instruction this week as part of Code.org's Hour of Code initiative, an event designed to promote computer science in educational curricula worldwide. Code.org is providing educators with the resources the...

My Wish Is Your Command: Scientists Make Imperius Curse Real

It sounds like something out of science fiction: One person thinks about pressing the spacebar on a keyboard to fire a cannon in a video game, and another person across campus is compelled to press the spacebar for real, even though he doesn't see the game on-screen. It's essentially that very scena...

SCIENCE

Cloaking Device Produces True Invisibility

An invisibility cloak under development at Duke University is a new and improved version of one announced in 2006 by the same researchers. This latest version, developed by Scientists at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering, solves some of the problems the earlier one had with reflections of light. Th...

SCIENCE

What Just Happened? Researchers Demo Time Cloaking

Researchers at Cornell University's School of Applied and Engineering Physics have demonstrated a way to cloak, or hide, an event in time. The phenomenon is similar to what happens when you remove frames from a film by cutting and splicing, except that instead of losing data about an event, you hide...

Grand Jury Probe May Deter Smartphone App Privacy Abuses

A federal grand jury has subpoenaed Pandora to produce documents in what could be an industry-wide investigation of smartphone apps. In an SEC filing, Pandora said the subpoena was served early 2011, and it was told it wasn't a specific target of the probe. However, it believes similar subpoenas hav...

OPINION

An Open Letter to Apple and AT&T Boards of Directors

Right now there are potentially 1000s of ticking time bombs. ... All it will take is one 13-year-old (like the child who downloaded your 1 billionth application) who learns from his iPhone the way to quiet his 6-week-old sister is by shaking her as hard and as fast as he can and completely altering ...

BEST OF ECT NEWS

The Collision of Collaboration and Competition in Medical Research

Proponents of open source software are trying to make a case for using the collaborative approach to conquer the world's most vexing medical problems. However, established practices of avoiding the spotlight and protecting vested interests in breakthrough results still hamper the collaborative proce...

STARTUP TO WATCH

WEbook: Turning Publishing on Its Ear

"Claiming itself to be a next-generation publisher, WEbook has successfully roped in venture capitalists to invest in their business," Deepak Thakur, senior research analyst in ICT Practice at Frost & Sullivan, told the E-Commerce Times. If the dot-com burst and the more recent Wall Street fiasc...

Medical Research and Open Source: Competition Trumps Collaboration

Proponents of open source software are trying to make a case for using the collaborative approach to conquer the world's most vexing medical problems. However, established practices of avoiding the spotlight and protecting vested interests in breakthrough results still hamper the collaborative proce...

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