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14 Dec 17:07

YouTube's Algorithm Made Fake CNN Reports Go Viral

by EditorDavid
"YouTube channels posing as American news outlets racked up millions of views on false and inflammatory videos over several months this year," reports CNN. "All with the help of YouTube's recommendation engine." Many of the accounts, which mostly used footage from CNN, but also employed some video from Fox News, exploited a YouTube feature that automatically creates channels on certain topics. Those topic channels are then automatically populated by videos related to the topic -- including, in this case, blatant misinformation. YouTube has now shut down many of the accounts. YouTube's own algorithms also recommended videos from the channels to American users who watched videos about U.S. politics. That the channels could achieve such virality -- one channel was viewed more than two million times over one weekend in October -- raises questions about YouTube's preparedness for tackling misinformation on its platform just weeks before the Iowa caucuses and points to the continuing challenge platforms face as people try to game their systems.... Responding to the findings on Thursday, a CNN spokesperson said YouTube needs to take responsibility. "When accounts were deleted or banned, they were able to spin up new accounts within hours," added Plasticity, a natural language processing and AI startup which analyzed the data and identified at least 25 different accounts which YouTube then shut down. "The tactics they used to game the YouTube algorithm were executed perfectly. They knew what they were doing."

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30 Nov 00:40

Toss out your dumb thermostat and buy this $140 Nest 3rd Gen instead

by Andrew Martonik

You don't have to spend a ton to get the benefits of a smart thermostat.

If you've been holding out on moving to a smart thermostat because of their prices, I won't blame you one bit. But now, you don't have any excuse: the excellent Nest 3rd Gen smart thermostat is just $140, down from its usual price of $250.

Step up your smart home

Google Nest Smart Thermostat (3rd Gen)

$140 at Amazon

The best thermostat is at a price anyone can afford.

The Nest 3rd Gen not only provides excellent thermostat control for houses and apartments, it also looks great doing it. And the integration with Google's ecosystem of smart home products takes it to a new level. Now you can get it all for an incredible price, too.

This is easily the best deal we've seen on the latest-gen Nest thermostat. It's previously been on sale for $190 with a free Home Mini, and for $150 from members-only Costco, but now anyone can buy it at this incredibly low price. At this price, you don't have to think about whether it's "worth it" to spend extra for a smart thermostat — the value is clear.

03 Sep 14:01

Updated iBrowse Web Browser Released for AmigaOS 3.x

by EditorDavid
Mike Bouma (Slashdot reader #85,252) writes: The IBrowse Team announced the commercial release of IBrowse 2.5 for AmigaOS 3.x (68k) and an improved PPC native AmigaOS 4.x version. IBrowse was the most popular Amiga web browser of the 1990s when it pioneered advanced features such as tabbed web browsing. "After many years in the making, development has been on a roller coaster since IBrowse 2.4, with challenging personal, technical and commercial issues complicating the release schedule," reads the announcement on the iBrowse site. "However, we are extremely happy to finally make this new version available to all the valued users who have been waiting so patiently."

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