Snopes needs your help to keep the lights on

Fact-checking site Snopes has become center of an ugly legal battle, and it’s asking for monetary help to keep the lights on. Unfortunately, it’s looking like donations might not be enough to help in the long run. Snopes’ reputation is such that it was chosen to work with Facebook to factcheck alleged fake news on social media. Even I’ve been there multiple times to find alternate perspectives to popular stories — if nothing else, it’s a place to engage. Snopes now has a Gofundme page to help keep it running. According to the page, the reason it needs help now… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Chromebooks look ready to silence ‘OK Google’ – is Google Assistant arriving soon?

It appears Chromebooks are pumping the brakes on the built-in “OK Google” voice search command to make room for Google Assistant. The Chrome OS-powered laptops look to be depreciating the voice feature used for basic searches, according to repositories spotted by Chrome Unboxed. And with this shift, Google Assistant appears primed to take over for users’ Google-related needs. Previously, users could go through their Chromebook’s settings to setup instant search via an “OK, Google” prompt, but the report claims this functionality is taking a back seat to a more front-and-center process for the feature-heavy Google Assistant. Since activating voice search and Google Assistant use the same hotwords, it’s likely Google… Read More

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Google hardly seems bothered by the YouTube advertiser boycott (GOOG, GOOGL)

Nobody at Google appears very worried about a recent advertising boycott of YouTube. It seems a $26 billion quarter is very calming. While the Alphabet-owned company once again declined to break out YouTube’s revenue during its earnings call on Monday, executives spoke in effusive terms regarding the web video juggernaut. Google CEO Sundar Pichai called YouTube one of the company’s “most promising bets” and added later that he sees “a lot more growth ahead” for the platform. Similarly, Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat noted a “strong contribution from YouTube” as one of the highlights of the company’s performance during the second quarter. Among the “biggest contributors to growth again this quarter… Read More

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Pro-Trump Instagram post costs contest winner her grand prize

A Kansas makeup artist found out the hard way that social media is an unforgiving muse. After initially winning an Instagram contest sponsored by Kat Von D Beauty, the winner ultimately had her prize package revoked after Von D found pro-Trump commentary from a November Instagram post. Gypsy Freeman, a makeup artist that splits her time between Kansas and Florida, won the contest last month after submitting images of an angelic white-washed figure posed next to one in all-black, and heavy makeup. Freeman was due a prize package of about $2,100 including a $500 gift card, and trip to Los… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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Microsoft Paint’s days are numbered as it appears on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update chopping block

(GeekWire Illustration / Clare McGrane) Microsoft is getting ready to put out to pasture one of its oldest and well-known programs. Microsoft Paint, which came out the same year I was born — 1985 — appears on a list of features that are removed or deprecated in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.” Paint is checked as “deprecated,” which is an interesting way to refer to a soon to-be-discontinued program, meaning it is “not in active development and might be removed in future releases.” The Microsoft page does not make it clear when exactly the program will be removed. The concept of Paint is not going away all together. As… Read More

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