More must be done about extremist content online, says Google

June 19, 2017

Firm announces four measures to tackle problem, including better detection and greater counter-radicalisation efforts Google has introduced four new measures to tackle the spread of terrorist material online, saying the threat poses a serious challenge and that more immediate action needs to be taken. It has pledged better detection of extremist content and faster review, more experts, tougher standards and an expansion of counter-radicalisation work. Kent Walker, a senior vice-president…

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See you Iceland tonight at the Whale Museum

May 31, 2017

Lets meet up in Iceland tonight! The micro-meetup is now happening at the Whales of Iceland museum, Fiskisl 23, 101 Reykjavk, Iceland. The other place was booked so now we get to see whale carcasses. The event is being held tonight, May 30, from 5 PM to 7 PM UTC. At the event you can meet the speakers and mentors coming to here. See you soon! Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/30/see-you-iceland-tonight-at-the-whale-museum/

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Lets meet in Iceland next week

May 27, 2017

I’ll be in Reykjavik next week and you know what that means… I want to meet you! So we’ll be holding a small meetup (not really a pitchoff but feel free to pitch me while I’m there) at Bryggjan Brugghs, Grandagari 8, 101 Reykjavk, Iceland. The event is being held on Tuesday, May 30, from 5 PM to 7 PM UTC. Event starts at 5pm and you can meet the…

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When tweeters attack: why do readers send authors their bad reviews?

May 23, 2017

Social media have made it easy to let novelists know directly when their work has disappointed but why do so many people want to do so? If you cant say something nice, dont say anything at all. Its a simple enough rule that most of us learned as young children. So why is it that some readers seem incapable of holding back from telling an author that they didnt like…

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At Facebook we get things wrong but we take our safety role seriously | Monika Bickert

May 23, 2017

Our reviewing of difficult posts and images is complex and challenging. We appreciate the Guardian revealing how tough it is to get the balance right Last month, people shared several horrific videos on Facebook of Syrian children in the aftermath of a chemical weapons attack. The videos, which also appeared elsewhere on the internet, showed the children shaking, struggling to breathe and eventually dying. The images were deeply shocking so…

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These jellyfish-like balloons are delivering internet to people affected by Peru floods

May 19, 2017

One of Project Loon's balloons.Image: alphabet/project loon During natural disasters, the ability to communicate with loved ones and get basic information is vital. But communication infrastructure is often one of the first things to be knocked out by high winds, massive rain, and flooding especially in remote and rural regions. Massive jellyfish-like balloons traveling at the edge of space, however, are making that problem a thing of the past. SEE…

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Popular social media sites ‘harm young people’s mental health’

May 19, 2017

Poll of 14 – to 24 -year-olds proves Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter increased apprehensions of shortcoming and anxiety Four of the five most popular forms of social media ill young peoples mental health issues, with Instagram the most damaging, according to experiment by two health organisations. Instagram has the most deepening young peoples apprehensions of shortcoming and nervousnes. The survey, published on Friday, concluded that Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter…

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