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Academics on Google’s payroll?

The Google Transparency Project, an arm of an organization called the Campaign for Accountability, released a study this month claiming that Google funneled money to hundreds of academic research projects related to antitrust, intellectual property and other legal policy issues important to the company’s bottom line. Worse, the Google Transparency Project alleged that most of the resulting publications failed to disclose Google’s financial stake in the research. Pitched as an expose of corporate corruption of the ivory tower, the story got immediate traction in national and international media outlets. More interesting Articles from

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Fact-checking site Snopes pleads for help to stay alive

Snopes, touted as the internet’s oldest fact-checking website, said Monday it is in danger of shutting down due to a legal dispute with a digital services company hosting the site. The site founded in 1994 to debunk urban legends and fake news said in a statement the dispute has cut off advertising revenues for its operations, and asked readers for donations of $10 or more. Snopes, which has been locked in a legal battle with services firm Proper Media, said its contractual relationship ended earlier this year, “but the vendor will not acknowledge the change in contractual status and continues …

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Alphabet profit hit by EU fine on Google

Google’s parent company Alphabet says its quarterly profits took a hit because of a $2.74 billion anti-trust fine imposed by the European Union Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported a quarterly profit of $3.5 billion, in a sharp decline from a year ago, with a massive fine by the European Commission biting into earnings. The technology giant reported that revenue grew to $26 billion in the recently ended quarter, and that profit would have tallied nearly $6.3 billion if it weren’t for a $2.74 billion antitrust fine levied on search engine Google by the European Commission. The earnings for the …

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Google parent books $2.7B fine as European fight looms

This Tuesday, July 19, 2016, file photo shows the Google logo at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, reports earnings on Monday, July 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) Google parent Alphabet is taking a $2.7 billion write-down to cover a large fine EU antitrust enforcers assessed in June . While the search giant can shrug off the cost, uncertainty lingers over its ability to operate freely on the continent going forward. The European Commission ruling slapped down Google for abusing its market dominance in search by unfairly directing visitors to …

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Microsoft Paint brushed aside

Microsoft executive Megan Saunders introduces Paint 3D at a Microsoft news conference in 2016 in New York. The original Paint application, dating back to 1985, is to be retired, Microsoft said Microsoft on Monday announced the end of days for its pioneering Paint application as it focuses on software for 3-D drawing. Paint drawing and image processing software that made its debut in 1985 with the Windows operating system was among the applications listed as “removed or deprecated” in a Windows 10 Fall Creators Update set for release later this year. Features or functions on the list “are not in …

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Target ‘best connected neighbors’ to stop spread of infection in developing countries

A fishing village along Lake Victoria in the Mayuge District of Uganda, close to where researchers gathered data for the latest study. Credit: Dr. Goylette Chami Our lives benefit from social networks: the contact and dialogue between family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. However these networks can also cost lives by transmitting infection or misinformation, particularly in developing nations. In fact, when there is an outbreak of disease, or of damaging rumour that hinders uptake of vaccination, the network through which it spreads needs to be broken up – and fast. But who are the people with most connections – the …

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‘Making Contact’ chronicles an astronomer’s struggle to find E.T.

Making ContactSarah ScolesPegasus Books, $27.95 In Carl Sagan’s 1985 sci-fi novel Contact, a radio astronomer battles naysayers and funding setbacks to persist in her audacious plan — scanning the skies for signals from aliens. Sagan had real-life inspiration for his book (and the 1997 movie of the same name): astronomer Jill Tarter, who spearheaded the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, for decades. In Sagan’s story, the protagonist, Ellie Arroway, detects mysterious chatter from the cosmos. Tarter had no such luck. But her story, told by journalist Sarah Scoles in Making Contact, still provides insights into what it means to …

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German automakers’ shares fall on diesel emissions concerns

In this Wednesday, March 15, 2017 file photo, the four ring logo of German car producer Audi is photographed at the headquarters after the annual press conference in Ingolstadt, Germany. German automaker Audi says it will fit up to 850,000 diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance, following a similar move by rival Daimler as the auto industry tries to get ahead of public controversy over the technology. Audi, the luxury brand of the Volkswagen Group, announced the voluntary retrofitting program on Friday, July 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file) The German auto industry’s troubles over excessive …

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