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Macedonian Teen Claims He Made $60,000 Producing Fake News Mostly Targeted To Trump Supporters

A Macedonian teen is claiming to have made at least $60,000 producing fake news in the past six months, mostly by appealing to supporters of Donald Trump, according to a Friday report from NBC News . The 17-year-old told NBC that he is just one of at least 300 locals from the small Macedonian town of Veles who made a fortune in ad revenue during the presidential election by publishing and promoting fake news on their websites. Last month, Buzzfeed News reported at least 100 U.S. politics sites are being run out of Veles, most of which are “aggregated, or completely plagiarized, from fringe and right-wing sites in the U.S.” “You see what people like and you just give it to them,” said Dimitri, who asked NBC not to publish his real name. “You see they like water, you give water, they like wine, you give wine. It’s really simple.” The proliferation of fake news has created something of an internet mine field, often sparking hateful commentary and aggressive cyber harassment against those targeted by the stories.

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Photos Shine A Spotlight On Just How Beautiful Traffic Lights Can Be

These photographs are simply traffic-stopping. Lucas Zimmermann’s  long exposures of a set of traffic lights near Weimar in central Germany are going viral, for all the right reasons. The 23-year-old Bauhaus University student actually snapped the images in 2013, but they gained international exposure this week after Reddit user dittidot posted one of the pictures online. Zimmermann, who is studying  visual communications with a focus on photography,  said he came up with the concept in a “purely intuitive” way. “I was lucky to be at the right place at the right time,” he told The Huffington Post this week. See more of Zimmermann’s photographs on his  Behance account, Facebook page and website .

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Pacific nations lose shortwave radio services that evade dictators and warn of natural disasters

US Geological Survey Alexandra Wake , RMIT University As a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off the coast of the Solomon Islands, triggering a tsunami warning across the Pacific, many residents of the tiny country would have turned to shortwave radio for more information. The tsunami warning has since been called off, though assessments of damage from the quake are not yet complete. Sadly, this vital communication service is under threat in this already under-resourced region. AAP/United States Geological Survey For almost 80 years, Australia has provided such shortwave services, including vital emergency service information, to Asia and the Pacific. But government funding cuts saw Asian services turned off in January 2015. And now the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has decided to cut the remaining services to residents of remote parts of the Pacific, Papua New Guinea and parts of northern Australia by ceasing its shortwave radio services to the Pacific from the end of January 2017.

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Weekend Roundup: How Social Media Splits the Global Conversation

Every year The WorldPost joins with MIT collective intelligence   research scientist Peter Gloor and the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute in Zurich to measure the most influential thought leaders and the top platforms for the exchange of ideas in the global digital realm. The latest results are reported in the 2016 Global Thought Leaders Index , which examines the English, Spanish, German, Chinese and Arabic language areas on the web. You can find the methodology here .  As the map below of the globally-dominant English language web shows, The WorldPost/Huffington Post is the most prominent idea-spreading digital platform along with  The New York Times outside of social media, which is dominated by Facebook and Twitter.  What this year’s analysis also reveals, as I write in my summary of the key findings, is that, “the passionate political environment of 2016 appears to have marked a tipping point … where the influence of individuals sharing information on social media surpassed that of established media platforms. This shift matches the inversion of the old pyramid in which the authority and influence of elites in both society and the media once held the most sway over the majority of the population.”  Today, most now trust their peers but distrust elites and public institutions. “The combined result of these related developments …

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Students Create Brilliant Extension That Identifies Fake News

As the influence of fake news on the recent presidential election continues to be a hot topic, one group of students may have found a solution to getting duped by inaccurate sources.  A team of four graduate and undergrad students recently created “FiB,” a Google Chrome extension that verifies the authenticity of posts on Facebook to combat the circulation of fake news. What’s more, the group created the prototype in under 36 hours at a hackathon last month at Princeton University in New Jersey.  The tool is currently unavailable for public use, but Anant Goel, a freshman at Purdue University who’s involved in the project, told The Huffington Post in an email that the team plans to officially release it during the first week of January.  “We wanted to create a proof of concept that the issue of fake news in social media can be tackled at a large scale,” Goel told NBC News of the project.  The FiB extension helps users separate the real from the fake through its two verification models, Goel explained to HuffPost. It first gives the source of the news, link or image a confidence score based on the source’s past credibility, he said. The extension also takes a step further by looking at the content, extracting keywords, and getting a summary of the article.  “We perform multiple searches on keywords and summaries. Depending on the results of these searches we give it another confidence score,” Goel explained, adding that depending on if the scores pass a certain threshold, they’re marked either “verified” or “unverified.”  Following the election, companies like Facebook and Google came under fire when the propagation of fake news, which was hosted on the platforms, was said to have had a hand in swinging the decision in Donald Trump’s favor.

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Social Media Advertising Spend to Exceed Newspapers By 2020

It is no secret that social media is now an integral part of modern life. The exponential growth of social networks, coinciding with increased mobile use, means that advertisers are seeing a far bigger opportunity to reach their audience than by traditional methods. A new survey from Zenith has revealed that over the next four years we will see a tipping point when spend on social channels will outweigh that on physical newspapers. Much like modern day Citizen Kane, Zuckerberg and his disruptive peers are the new guardians of news content and communication. The rate of growth is remarkable and each year seems to put another nail in newspaper’s ‘Rosebud’-like coffin. Ad spend on social media is rising 20% every year, and in 2019 it is expected to reach £50.2bn surging past print’s £50.7bn spend in 2020. Facebook and Twitter are the biggest players, expecting to share 20% of all future online advertising

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3 Ways To Hack Your Environment To Help You Create

This article first appeared on QuietRev.com This is the first article in Quiet Revolution’s two-part series on seeking creativity. Check out this space next week to learn about different techniques that make your mind more likely to generate creative thoughts. Much of our creativity is tied up in our intrinsic natures as introverts or extroverts, and the ways we interact with our environment is uniquely dependent upon our temperaments. According to The Atlantic , the great film director Ingmar Bergman spent the last 25 years of his life living on a small island in Sweden to eliminate chaos from his life. There, “…he would plan his films, write the scripts, and make the screenboards… He limited his activities: Besides working and thinking, he might go for a stroll.

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What’s the Best Way to Get Into Financial Technology as a Student?

What do you think is the most effective way to get involved in the Blockchain/Fintech space as a student? originally appeared on Quora – the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights . Answer by Chris Larsen , CEO and Co-Founder of Ripple, on Quora . There are so many ways you can educate yourself as a student about the Blockchain/Fintech space. This technology is so new and there are so many great minds working on it that you can still get in almost on the ground floor and teach yourself the basics. There are great books, like Nathaniel Popper’s “Digital Gold,” or the Tapscotts’ “Blockchain Revolution.” Start there, get the history and the basics of the technology, and then get involved in one of the community groups where people are actually doing the building on these systems

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