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Ad blocking takes off on mobile phones, a challenge for publishers

February 12th, 2020 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

 About 15% to 30% of website traffic is from people with ad-blocking software, online ad firm Blockthrough reports. The number of people using ad-blocking technology on mobile browsers has surged to 527 million, an increase of 64% over the last three years, according to a report published Thursday. Combined with ad blocking on personal computers, […]



How Google has become the biggest travel company

December 10th, 2019 at 4:13 pm » Comments Off

For decades travel agents had a “lock” on vacations. Before the internet it was near impossible to find cheap fares yourself. And choosing the perfect hotel involved a lot of flicking through glossy brochures. The “do it yourself” approach was a huge hassle. It was a lot easier to hire a knowledgeable travel agent. Then […]



Tim Berners-Lee unveils global plan to save the web

November 29th, 2019 at 12:59 pm » Comments Off

Sir Tim Berners-Lee Inventor of web calls on governments and firms to safeguard it from abuse and ensure it benefits humanity Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched a global action plan to save the web from political manipulation, fake news, privacy violations and other malign forces that threaten to plunge the world into a “digital dystopia”. […]



Human actors are changing the spread of disinformation

October 28th, 2019 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

Disinformation campaigns used to consist of trolls and bots orchestrated and manipulated to produce a desired result. Increasingly, though, these campaigns are able to find willing human participants to amplify their messages and even generate new ones on their own. The big picture: It’s as if they’re switching from employees to volunteers — and from […]



Political operatives are faking voter outrage with millions of made-up comments to benefit the rich and powerful

October 10th, 2019 at 12:54 pm » Comments Off

  A fierce battle over the regulation of the internet was riddled with millions of fake comments in the most prolific known instance of political impersonation in US history. Sarah Reeves sat on her couch in Eugene, Oregon, staring at her laptop screen in furious disbelief. She was reading the website of a government agency, […]



We’re about to find out if airlines really did stuff too many seats on their planes. We might not like the result

October 9th, 2019 at 11:42 am » Comments Off

Forget comfort, are these seats, on display by Spirit Airlines at an airline industry conference in Los Angeles last month, too close to be safe? The FAA will test to see if U.S. airlines meet evacuation time requirements Many Americans will likely be rooting for 720 volunteers to fail, miserably, when they participate in a […]



76 billion opioid pills: Newly released federal data unmasks the epidemic

August 8th, 2019 at 11:47 am » Comments Off

 The data in the DEA database tracks the path of every single pain pill sold in the United States, including oxycodone, above. America’s largest drug companies saturated the country with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012 as the nation’s deadliest drug epidemic spun out of control, according to previously undisclosed […]



How Tech is creating data “cravability,” to make us digitally obese

April 8th, 2019 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

Are you taking in too much information every day? If so, be on the lookout for this potentially dangerous new condition. Obesity and dramatic overweight are a huge global problem, costing an estimated $450 billion per year in the U.S. alone, where more than two-thirds of people are overweight and an estimated 35.7% are considered […]



Very risky business: the pros and cons of insurance companies embracing artificial intelligence

February 25th, 2019 at 12:05 pm » Comments Off

  The enabling technology for insurers to use AI is the ‘ecosystem’ of sensors known as the internet of things. It’s a new day not very far in the future. You wake up; your wristwatch has recorded how long you’ve slept, and monitored your heartbeat and breathing. You drive to work; car sensors track your […]



Ex-con app developers are disrupting price-gouging prison phones

February 18th, 2019 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

 Bloomberg reports that inmate messaging apps like Pigeonly, InmateAid, and Flikshop now have millions of users — and are poised to disrupt prison phone companies’ decades-old monopoly. All started by ex-inmates, these apps aim to give inmates and their families a more affordable way to stay in contact –and bring prisons out of the digital […]



Why haven’t we cured cancer? American Cancer Society – world’s wealthiest “non-profit “

August 7th, 2018 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Have you ever wondered where all the money goes that you donate to the American Cancer Society ?With the advancement of medicine, you’d think scientists would have unlocked the cure by now with the ACS’s help. Right?. Is there more to this story than meets the eye?Apparently, the American Cancer Society seems to like the […]



Dutch central bank warns about the rise of the cashless society

June 8th, 2018 at 9:20 am » Comments Off

No cash here. The Dutch central bank DNB said on Tuesday it had concerns about the decline in the use of cash, saying the lightning-fast rise in digital payments could lead to vulnerable groups having limited access to goods and services. While apps and other digital methods of payment are rising in popularity, ‘there is […]



Should we gamify citizenship?