Why Facebook’s survey about trust won’t make or break the media

Last Friday, Facebook announced two key changes to the News Feed: one, it would reduce the amount of news in the News Feed from roughly 5 percent to 4 percent; and two, it would begin taking into account how trusted a publisher is when ranking it in the feed. Trust levels are to be determined by a survey, and today BuzzFeed’s Alex Kantrowitz got ahold of it. The survey consists of two questions: Do you recognize the following websites? – Yes – No How much do you trust each of these domains? – Entirely – A lot – Somewhat – Barely – Not at all Journalists noted that this was… Read More

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Massive primordial galaxies found swimming in vast ocean of dark matter

Astronomers expect that the first galaxies, those that formed just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, would share many similarities with some of the dwarf galaxies we see in the nearby universe today. The post Massive primordial galaxies found swimming in vast ocean of dark matter appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report

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Amazon sets meeting with Seattle officials in effort to improve relationship with its hometown

The Space Needle is visible between buildings at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters.(GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Amazon is inviting Seattle government leaders to a private meeting to discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead,” according to a copy of the invitation obtained by GeekWire. The “roundtable discussion” will be held at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters on Feb. 9. The meeting is in response to a letter Seattle politicians sent to Amazon in October, seeking to “hit the refresh button” on their relationship. Seattle officials sent the original letter a few weeks after Amazon announced plans to establish a second headquarters in another North American city. “You have heard mixed messages from our community,… Read More

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Amazon Restaurants cuts jobs as it battles Uber, Postmates and others in crowded food delivery market

(Amazon Screenshot) Amazon has cut an undisclosed number of jobs in its Amazon Restaurants food delivery service, though the company insists it has no intention of retreating from the crowded culinary courier market. An Amazon spokesman confirmed layoffs within Amazon Restaurants but would not discuss the number of jobs affected or the overall size of the group. GeekWire received multiple tips this week that Amazon Restaurants recently laid off approximately 50 people, a figure we were unable confirm independently. The company released the following statement in response to GeekWire’s inquiry: “Amazon employs over 500,000 people worldwide, and we’re continuing to hire across the company. We are constantly evaluating headcount needs… Read More

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Top 10 Best Portable Record Players 2018: Your Easy Buying Guide

Want to enjoy vinyl wherever you go? A portable all-in-one turntable has everything you need to play your favorite records all in one convenient suitcase size. Any longtime vinyl enthusiast will tell you that you have to drop hundreds of dollars on a top of the line hi-fi system to truly appreciate the format, but this simply isn’t the case. No matter your setup, vinyl records provide an intimate and tactile experience that connect you to your favorite albums in a way that can’t be done with digital formats. After all, there is nothing like pulling out a fresh LP, finding the groove for you favorite track, and dropping the… Read More

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Anti-piracy firm Denuvo acquired by digital security outfit Irdeto

Denuvo’s anti-piracy tech has been divisive in the gaming world, with some complaining that it restricts their gaming habits or prevents modding — but few will dispute that it has been unusually successful in its main goal of preventing piracy. Successful enough, anyway, to be picked up by Irdeto, a broader digital security concern. Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch

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On Virgin Media? Now you can upgrade to the new 4K V6 box free of charge

Virgin Media’s V6 set-top box is a great upgrade for anyone who’s sick and tired of the sluggish interface of their old TiVo box, but until now you’ve been forced to pay a £20 activation fee to get the new hardware. Today, the company has announced it’s scrapping this fee, meaning there’s now no reason not to upgrade your set-top box. Virgin says that the vast majority of its customers will be able to self-install, and that you won’t have to re-contract as part of the process. The new box offers access to 4K content via Netflix and YouTube, and also has seven tuners, allowing you to record up to… Read More

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