Google Takes Fact Checking Global to Encourage Real News in Search Results
Google is launching a global wide “fact check label” to help distinguish fake news from real news. The fact check is being carried out by independent fact-checking partners in a joint effort by Google and an Alphabet company Jigsaw (which is technically an incubator). The “Fact Check tag” will alert search engine users as to whether the search results are truthful with a label that identifies articles that include information fact checked by news publishers and fact-checking organizations. According to the Google blog, for the first time, when you conduct a search, there will be a snippet that displays information on the claim, who made the claim, and the fact check of that particular claim. For example, Senator Bob Corker claimed 27 million people are trapped in modern slavery. Google will now tell you the claim is “mostly true” as fact-checked by Politifact, an independent fact-checking website. Publishers who want to contribute will have to be “algorithimically determined to be an authoritative source of information” before they can contribute.
Dallas has an ‘Alarming’ Situation When City’s Warning System is Hacked in the Middle of the Night
Last Friday night, Dallas residents panicked as the city’s warning system was hacked with alarms going off from 11:40 p.m. Friday until 1:20 a.m. Saturday. The hack resulted in thousands of 911 calls and concern there was a bomb, as the alarms were designed for severe weather and other emergencies. Considering the recent airstrikes in Syria, many residents were “creeped” out by the experience. According to officials, when the sirens were turned off, the hackers turned them back on again in a continuous hack as the alarms blasted for 90-second durations about 15 times. Emergency workers and technicians were also initially confused as to whether there was an actual emergency. Once the hack was revealed, they shut down the siren system completely.
Adidas Will Mass-Produce a 3D-Printed Shoe in 2018 with Custom Colors and Patterns
The athletic footwear world is getting a revamp with Adidas announcing plans to mass-produce a 3D-printed sole. The new 3D printing methods will deliver small production runs, limited edition shoes and soles printed according to a customer’s weight and gait. Thus far, Adidas is the first to use this production method, although Nike, Under Armour and New Balance have been experimenting with 3D printers. Overall, 3D printers are slower and more expensive than injection molds used for millions of shoes, mainly manufactured in Asia. To offset the cost, Adidas has partnered with a startup named Carbon that helps Adidas produce a sole at the speed and cost needed for retail sales.