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Without a News Feed to scroll through, more people head directly to news sites for their information fix.
Plus: A woman-oriented fact-checking initiative, and possible problems with California’s media literacy bill.
When we integrate things from the external environment into our thinking processes, they play the same cognitive role as our brains do. They become just as much a part of our minds as neurons and synapses.
“A dormant, stationary Android phone…communicated location information to Google 340 times during a 24-hour period, or at an average of 14 data communications per hour.”
Plus: “Most of the people reviewing Burmese content spoke English.”
Three-quarters of Americans surveyed say social networks should show the same set of news topics to all users, ignoring their stated interests or browsing history. (Someone should tell them about newspapers!)
“We can’t say that Facebook is destroying democracy, but then have our newspapers collaborate with them very, very closely, and rely on them for traffic and distribution,” Karin Pettersson, Schibsted’s new director of public policy, said.
The algorithm that ranks content can make some truly strange decisions. What set of signals is Google News looking for?