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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 […]



are certificates more valuable than college degrees?