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In Super Bowl Interview, Trump Goes On Offense

President Trump criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on border security in an interview with CBS. The interview aired two days before a speech in which Trump is expected to call for compromise.

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Categories: Just News

Want to Stop Fake News? Pay for the Real Thing

The New York Times – “Facebook and Google have been brutal to the news business. But this primarily reflects a failure of imagination. The tech giants are the world’s best distribution platforms and could be an answer for journalism instead of a grave threat. As readers have shifted to digital sources, the two companies have taken a large majority of online advertising revenue. More important, the platforms now act as “regulators” of the news business — determining what information gets delivered to whom, and when. With the flick of an algorithmic finger, those two companies decide what news you see and whether a publisher lives or dies. The impact on journalism has been clear. Just within the past week, we have seen over 1,000 planned layoffs at Gannett, BuzzFeed and HuffPost, and no one thinks we are anywhere near the end. Facebook and Google’s answer so far has been to pledge to spend $300 million each over the next three years to help journalism. But that money will be dribbled across a huge news landscape, and much of it will undoubtedly be used to encourage further use of Facebook and Google products.

But such investments amount to charity, and charity will never be the answer. What news publishers really need are active partners who are willing to embrace the idea that quality journalism sustains our civic society and that the answer to bad information is more good information. We can start with the fact that “free” isn’t a good business model for quality journalism. Facebook and Google flatly refuse to pay for news even though they license many other types of content. Both companies have deals to pay music publishers when copyrighted songs play on their platforms. And the companies also aggressively bid to stream live sports and entertainment content to run on Facebook Watch and YouTube. These deals are varied and often secret, but none of them are based on “free.” Why are the platforms so unwilling to pay news publishers for access to the quality journalism that users need and value?..”

Categories: Law and Legal

Donald Trump Jr.’s ‘SNL’ Gaffe Tops This Week's Internet News

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 09:00
The president's son might not fully understand the show's name or acronym.
Categories: Just News

Tesla Profits, a Polar Vortex, and More This Week in Car News

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 09:00
Plus: Lyft tries to stop a driver minimum wage law and carbon fiber production is going to be problematic for flying taxis.
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For Migratory Birds, Lebanon Is A 'Black Hole' Where They Are Hunted, Trapped, Killed

Every year, some 2.6 million birds are shot or die after being trapped in illegal nets in Lebanon. "This country is a black hole in terms of protection," says a conservationist.

(Image credit: Sam Tarling for NPR)

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Neural Networks Need a Cookbook. Here Are the Ingredients

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 08:00
We know very little about how neural networks actually work. But mathematicians are developing a theory to help make them more predictable.
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After Two Months, The Sun Rises In The Northernmost U.S. Town

The mid-winter sunrise on the Arctic Coast is a sweet sign of hope in the town of Utqiaġvik.

(Image credit: Ravenna Koenig/Alaska's Energy Desk)

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Baltimore State's Attorney Will No Longer Prosecute Marijuana Possession Cases

In her announcement Tuesday, Marilyn Mosby argued the move will improve police-community relations and allow the city to dedicate more time and resources to fighting violent crimes.

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Game Brain Science: How Your Super Bowl Team Plays Can Sway What You Eat

For serious fans, it's not just bragging rights on the line: Waistlines are too. Research suggests whether our team wins or loses can alter how we enjoy food, and how much we eat, even the day after.

(Image credit: Leif Parsons for NPR; Source: whologwhy/Flickr)

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Most Inmates With Mental Illness Still Wait For Decent Care

Nearly three years after the state of Illinois agreed in a court settlement to revamp mental health care in prisons and provide better treatment, a judge says the care remains "grossly insufficient."

(Image credit: Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media)

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Democrats Tap Leader Of 'Resistance' To Trump For Spanish State Of The Union Response

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is the son of immigrants who has sued the Trump administration 45 times over a wide range of issues.

(Image credit: Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

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Women Who Dare To Bicycle In Pakistan

If boys can ride bikes, "why shouldn't we?" asked Zulekha Dawood. So she organized a group that goes on weekly excursions — despite the disapproval of many men.

(Image credit: Diaa Hadid/NPR)

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Ikea's Slow and Steady Plan to Save the Smart Home

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 07:00
A new set of connected blinds shows that Ikea's approach to the smart home still makes perfect sense.
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When It Comes to Super Bowl Kickers, Who Will Choke First?

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 07:00
The fate of this year's big game could rest with the teams' two formidable kickers—and whether they perform under pressure.
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High-Ranking General Rejects Maduro, Who Proposes Earlier Parliamentary Elections

Francisco Yanez is the first high-ranking officer to publicly voice support of Venezuela's opposition leader, Juan Guaidó. Both anti- and pro-government demonstrations are taking place on Saturday.

(Image credit: Rodrigo Abd/AP)

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Five Things To Watch For In Super Bowl LIII

Sunday's Super Bowl pits the New England Patriots against the Los Angeles Rams. LA's talent-packed offense gives New England's head coach Bill Belichick a tough choice on who to target.

(Image credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Va. Governor Says He Won't Resign Over Racist Photo

Pressure has mounted on Gov. Ralph Northam after the photo was revealed showing two individuals, one dressed in blackface, and another as a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

(Image credit: Steve Helber/AP)

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The History of Women in Sci-Fi Isn't What You Think

Wired Top Stories - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 09:00
Conventional wisdom holds that science fiction was written mostly by men until the 1960s and '70s. Not true.
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A Facebook Crackdown, Amazon Facial Recognition, and More Security News This Week

Wired Top Stories - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 09:00
Hackers use SS7 flaws to rob banks, Japan goes after IoT vulnerabilities, and more security news this week.
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Groundhog Day 2019: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts An Early Spring

Phil, the famous groundhog, did not see his shadow, meaning an early spring is upon us.

(Image credit: Gene J. Puskar/AP)

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