Europe

France’s president has said he plans to introduce new legislation aimed at curbing the spread of online fake news during election periods. Concern about how social media platforms are being misappropriated to channel and amplify disinformation has rocketed up the political agenda in recent years, most especially in the wake of the 2016 US presidential election
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What a challenging, exhilarating year it has been for women everywhere, starting from the women’s March on Washington to former Uber engineer Susan Fowler’s eye-opening and now famous blog post to the #metoo movement that has swept the country, washing dozens of sexual predators out of their powerful roles in the process. All the while,
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Can a deep dreaming AI transform low res photos into crisply detailed high res images? Let’s Enhance is an Estonia-based startup that’s using a so-called ‘hallucinating AI’ deep neural network to power a freemium photo upscaling service. On its website it claims the learning software “hallucinates missing details to make image look natural”. It launched the
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As cryptocurrency fever grips the tech world, and blockchain technologies gradually become more viable, there is a new wave of accelerators and incubators appearing to service this growing ecosystem. Some are covering funding and services, some are about services only. It’s fair to assume, however, that some kinds of cryptocurrency will be changing hands, of
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If you publish a newsletter or blog, you’ll know that it’s a continuous battle to vie for readers’ attention. Even for subscribers, open rates for email are shockingly low, and RSS never did quite go mainstream. Meanwhile, delivering content via Facebook Pages has become more of a crapshoot than ever. Enter: Revoice.me, a new service
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Facebook, YouTube and Twitter faced another online hate crime grilling today by UK parliamentarians visibly frustrated at their continued failures to apply their own community guidelines and take down reported hate speech. The UK government has this year pushed to raise online radicalization and extremist content as a G7 priority — and has been pushing for
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A study by UK academics looking at how fake social media accounts were used to spread socially divisive messages in the wake of a spate of domestic terrorists attacks this year has warned that the problem of hostile interference in public debate is greater than previously thought. The researchers, who are from Cardiff University’s Crime
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Quinyx, a Stockholm-headquartered company that offers cloud-based software to help businesses manage things like employee scheduling, communication, task-management and payroll integration, has raised a further $12 million in funding. Backing the round is VC firm Battery Ventures, which sees Boston-based Battery General Partner Michael Brown join the Quinyx board. Founded in 2005 by Erik Fjellborg,
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The French government has filed a complaint against ecommerce giant Amazon alleging abuse of a dominant position with some of its suppliers, according to Reuters citing a report in La Parisien newspaper. The move apparently follows a two-year investigation by France’s consumer fraud watchdog, the DGCCRF. The news agency says the Economy Ministry is seeking a fine of €10M
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