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Facebook Cracks Down On 30,000 Fake News Accounts Ahead of French Election

Too late for the U.S. presidential election, Facebook is going after 30,000 phony accounts used to distribute fake news  in France, ahead of the national vote there. The company is using automated methods to help screen out the fakes, such as finding content repeated on hundreds of the phony sites. Facebook said in a statement Friday that it’s taking “decisive action” against the accounts, presumably shutting them down. “While these most recent improvements will not result in the removal of every fake account , we are dedicated to continually improving our effectiveness,” Facebook technical program manager Shabnam Shaik wrote in a post. The company is relying on “improvements to recognize these inauthentic accounts more easily by identifying patterns of activity without assessing the content itself,” Shaik added.

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Stop Asking Brands To Give You Free Stuff For Retweets

Back in my day, we used to have to call a 1-800 number, wait 20 minutes on hold for an uninterested operator, and then demand to speak with a manager if we had any hope of getting free stuff in the mail. These days, there’s a jovial marketing team of millennials behind your favorite brand on Twitter, just waiting for an opportunity to slide into your DMs and give you freebies. But there’s a new Twitter trend that’s even more annoying than those folks who make it their business to complain until they get a free meal or suite or Uber ride. Now people are sending direct messages to brands asking how many retweets they’d need to get a super expensive product for free, and brands are responding with ridiculous, unattainable numbers ― often demanding retweets in the millions; way more retweets than any one post has ever received. Idgaf about nothin y'all better help me get this s550 naw but I'm serious RT! pic.twitter.com/KlhradZeKZ — blaccie (@BlaccieAintShit) April 12, 2017 Some of these campaigns are getting hundreds of thousands, if not millions of retweets, giving free advertising to brands while giving next to nothing ― except maybe 15 seconds on The Internet’s Grand Stage ― to the consumers.

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Are You Ready For The Technological Singularity?

We’ve got great news if you’re in love with your phone ― the technological singularity will happen sometime in the next thirty years . Futurist Ray Kurzweil believes that by 2029 computers will achieve human levels of intelligence. Which is no surprise considering computers can already do things greater than humans in certain areas . Kurzweil has a proven track record in predicting the future. It makes sense that humans will soon merge with technology but other thought leaders like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking worry that merging with technology could threaten humanity

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How Will Video Games Fare In The Age Of Trump?

Note: This entry is coauthored with Patrick Markey, Professor of Psychology at Villanova University and coauthor of our book Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong . While the rest of the world agonizes over low-hanging fruit such as catastrophic climate change, whether Russia now runs the U.S., or if the liberal media is out to assassinate our president (figuratively one presumes), let’s turn our attention to the really important question of our age. What is going to happen with video games now that Trump is our president? Video games, especially violent ones, have long been a political whipping child whenever some perceived social ill needs a folk devil to blame on.

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An iPhone Turned Up In This Guy’s Subaru Dashboard, Prompting The Most Entertaining Internet Mystery Of All Time

This is it. The most entertaining Facebook thread of all time. Oh, you disagree? Then please point me to a better (and true ) story than this one, prompted by a mechanic finding an old iPhone ― locked and stuck in airplane mode ― in a Subaru’s dashboard airbag compartment (yep, you read that correctly). Then the car owner goes on a tireless search to figure out not only who it belongs to, but how it got there.

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Rival Soccer Fans React To Blasts Postponing Game In Truly Heartwarming Way

Rivalry between soccer fans was touchingly put to one side after explosions forced the postponement of a match in Germany  on Tuesday. Officials rescheduled the Champions League quarter-final tie between Germany’s Borussia Dortmund and France’s A.S. Monaco F.C. for Wednesday after three blasts hit near the home team’s bus as it drove players to the  Signal Iduna Park stadium.

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Amazing Ultrasound Shows Twins Sharing A Kiss In The Womb

It’s common for twins to have a close relationship, but two Pennsylvania parents-to-be got to see it firsthand ― before the babies were even born. Last week, Carissa Gill and partner Randy Good of Croyden went in for a 25-week ultrasound for their twin girls, Isabella and Callie. The sonogram showed something amazing: The two babies seemed to be kissing each other. “It was just so exciting to see them like that,” Gill told InsideEdition.com. “I didn’t think that they were going to be that close together, but they are, and it was just so beautiful to see.” The ultrasound video shows “ Baby B” appearing to kiss “Baby A” on the cheek.

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The Surprising Reason The FCC Chairman Doesn’t Want In-Flight Phone Calls

The chairman of the FCC is doing his best to stop a 2013 proceeding that would let passengers make cellphone calls on planes.   Ajit Pai issued a statement about the proposal ― which never actually went into effect ― on Monday:  “I stand with airline pilots, flight attendants, and America’s flying public against the FCC’s ill-conceived 2013 plan to allow people to make cellphone calls on planes,” Pai said. “I do not believe that moving forward with this plan is in the public interest. Taking it off the table permanently will be a victory for Americans across the country who, like me, value a moment of quiet at 30,000 feet.” Pai’s statement is somewhat surprising considering, as speechwriter Dan Levoie pointed out on Twitter, it’s mainly based on opinion.

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