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  • Facebook’s about-face on news credibility

    Artificial intelligence, or AI, is called artificial for a good reason. Facebook made that point last week by ending its attempt to rely heavily on software algorithms to select news items for its 2 billion users. It announced Jan. 19 that the Facebook “community” will be asked to rank news outlets by their trustworthiness.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:12:18 -0500
  • Briefing: What to expect at the Olympics

    The Winter Olympics are coming to Asia for only the third time and feature new sports, with the aim of attracting a more diverse global audience. WHERE IS PYEONGCHANG? Pyeongchang is the name of both a city and county in the rugged eastern mountains of the Korean Peninsula, just 50 miles from the demilitarized zone that separates North Korea and South Korea.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:02:07 -0500
  • Return to China: One reporter finds a nation that has gone from bicycles to bullet trains

    A gray, frozen landscape greeted me when I flew into Beijing one wintry November day in 1983. Recommended: How much do you know about China? China’s 800 million peasants toiled on “people’s communes.” Urban workers had an “iron rice bowl” of assigned jobs and food rations.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 06:00:01 -0500
  • Cutting off communication, no more street protests, improving Parliament, projections for India

    “Connections and conversations matter all year round, so it is easy to understand why some people became frustrated after learning that Skype had been blocked in the [United Arab Emirates],” states an editorial. “The move, made a fortnight ago, is the second time the service has been suspended and follows a period of confusion over the regulations.... In a country where internet usage exceeds 90 per cent of the population, being part of a global conversation means being connected.... Open and smart communication channels will be a vital factor in building smarter cities. “One ... disruptive technological influence in recent times is social media...,” writes Joseph Rwagatare.

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:00:02 -0500
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