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The Shift: Facebook Had a Good Election Day. But It Can’t Let Up Now.

The Shift Facebook Had a Good Election Day. But It Can’t Let Up Now. ImageFacebook’s war room at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., where workers monitored election-related content on the social network.CreditCreditMonica Davey/Epa By Kevin Roose Nov. 7, 2018 After an Election Day largely free of viral social media misinformation, and with little trace […]


An A.I. is designing retro video games — and they’re surprisingly good

[embedded content] Google DeepMind demonstrated a few years back that artificial intelligence (A.I.) could learn to play retro video games better than the majority of human players, without requiring any instruction as to how they should accomplish the feat. Now, researchers from Georgia Tech have taken the next logical leap by demonstrating how A.I. can be […]

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Running Windows 95 in an “app” is a dumb stunt that makes a good point

Enlarge Felix Rieseberg A silly new app has been doing the rounds this week: Windows 95 as a standalone application. Running on Windows, macOS, and Linux, the Windows 95 “app” combines Electron (a framework for building desktop applications using JavaScript and other Web technology) with an existing x86 emulator written in JavaScript. The emulator can […]

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The new technology that aspires to #DeleteFacebook for good

It’s been a terrible week for Facebook, with policymakers and users alike demanding answers from the social network over its Cambridge Analytica fiasco, in which the data analysis firm improperly accessed the personal information of about 50 million Facebook users. But the backlash has had at least one major beneficiary. That’s Mastodon, a Twitter-like social network that has had a […]