Facebook Tunes Trending Topics to Better Deliver News

Facebook Tunes Trending Topics to Better Deliver News


  • Trending topics will include headlines from articles along with sources
  • This was the most requested feature addition
  • The change was intended to surface topics quicker, curb fake news

Under pressure to stymie the spread of fake news, Facebook on Wednesday modified its system for showing trending topics.

The leading social network said that instead of simply showing a topic, it will include headlines from articles about the trending subjects along with sources publishing those stories.

“This was the most requested feature addition since the last update we made,” product management vice president Will Cathcart said in a blog post.

“These are the same headlines that appear when you hover over or click on a trending topic, but people told us they wanted these headlines directly within trending, too.”

The headlines that are shown will be automatically selected based on factors including how much people engage with the pieces and with the publisher overall, and whether other articles are linking to them.

facebook trending blog FacebookThe update, which is being rolled out in the United States this week, also changes the way topics are identified as trending at Facebook.

Instead of measuring how many people are clicking on and sharing a single article, Facebook will take into account how many publishers are posting stories on the same topic and how much attention those pieces are getting.

The change was intended to surface topics quicker, capture a broader range of news, and help ensure that trends reflect real world events being covered by multiple news outlets, Facebook said.

Also, lists of topics will no longer be personalized based on individual interests and will be the same for everyone in a region.

“This is designed to help make sure people don’t miss important topics being discussed on Facebook that might not show up in their News Feed,” Cathcart said.

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has sought to deflect criticism that the huge social network may have been used to fuel the spread of misinformation that impacted the 2016 US presidential race.

‘Tabloid cloakers’
Meanwhile Google on Wednesday said in a blog post that it took down 1.7 billion ads last year as part of its fight against “bad ads, sites, and scammers.”

The Internet giant noted the rise of “tabloid cloakers,” a scam that tries to trick people, and Google, by pretending to offer real news but instead taking people to promotional pages.

“Cloakers often take advantage of timely topics – a government election, trending news story or a popular celebrity – and their ads can look like headlines on a news website,” product management director Scott Spencer said in the post.

“But when people click on that story about Ellen DeGeneres and aliens, they go to a site selling weight loss products, not a news story.”

Google suspended more than 1,300 accounts last year for tabloid cloaking, according to Spencer.

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SpaceX’s Dragon Shipment Deliver Splashes Down In Pacific

SpaceX's Dragon Cargo Ship Splashes Down In Pacific

The spacecraft become efficaciously docked by using European astronaut Tim Peake using the orbiting lab’s robotic arm, with assist from US astronaut Jeff Williams.
MIAMI, United states: SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon Shipment Ship left the Worldwide Space Station Wednesday, wearing three,seven hundred pounds (1,678 kilograms) of tools and technologyexperiments, and splashed down within the Pacific Ocean.

Right splashdown of Dragon confirmed,” SpaceX wrote on Twitter, nearly 5 hours after the spaceship wasreleased from the orbiting research lab.

The pill released on April 8 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX’s subsequent deliver Ship is scheduledto leave Earth in June.

“This Cargo consists of samples from human research, biology and biotechnology research, bodilyscience investigations and schooling activities,” NASA stated in a declaration.

The spacecraft additionally consists of the final batch of human studies samples from the onlyyearventure finished in March by US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko.

SpaceX’s Dragon is the simplest Shipment Ship capable of returning to Earth intact. The sector‘s otherShipment vehicles deplete on re-access to Earth’s surroundings.

(This tale has no longer been edited via NDTV team of workers and is automobile-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Snapdeal Says Invested $three hundred Million in deliver Chain, Logistics in closing 1.five Years

Snapdeal Says Invested $300 Million in Supply Chain, Logistics in Last 1.5 Years

E-trade primary Snapdeal has pumped in $three hundred million (approximately Rs. 1,990 crores) over the past 18 months to reinforce its deliver chain and logistics and facilitate the boom in shipment volumes.

The townprimarily based company has visible 1.nine instances increase in cargo volumes from 1.29 lakh daily shipments final 12 months to two.5 lakh this 12 months.

we’ve seen a considerable increase of one.9 times in cargo volumes. that is resulting from growth incollection on Snapdeal from 12 million to 35 million over the 12 months. we’ve additionally acceleratedour seller base which helped increase shipments,” Snapdeal chief purchaser experience Officer Jayant Sood instructed PTI.

He added that reviews by using percent and RedSeer Consulting advise that Snapdeal’s promiseddelivery time is the shortest across India.

“The number of dealers on our platform has improved three fold from 1,00,000 at the start of 2015 to extrathan three,00,000 in 2016… we’ve got invested $three hundred million in the direction of logistics andcustomer experience,” he said.

He introduced that the organisation has 2 million squaretoes of warehousing space across sixty threewebsites and 45 cities.

Sood stated the vendor enlargement has also brought about a massive increase in the goods availableon its platform.

in contrast to different competing marketplaces, which have their own sellers under variousarrangements, we haven’t any such conflicting hobbies. This makes Snapdeal extra attractive for dealers,” he stated.

He stated the business enterprise has visible 60 percent month-on-month growth in FMCG income, even as the books category grew by means of three hundred percentage. also, there may be a strong growthin uptake within the home decor category.

“This combination of growth of high frequency classes drives high repeat usage, which is enabledthrough dependable revel in whenever,” he added.

besides, sharp cognizance on repeat users and projects like equal day refunds is helping Snapdeal “chart a distinct route“, he stated.

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HTC Vive Gets a Companion App to Deliver Notifications in Virtual Reality

HTC Vive Gets a Companion App to Deliver Notifications in Virtual Reality

The HTC Vive virtual reality headset, which started taking pre-orders in March this year, has now got its own companion app called the Vive Phone Companion for Android phones to keep users updated with all the important notifications while immersed in virtual reality.

The new app by HTC stays connected with the HTC Vive VR headset with the help of Bluetooth and requires the wearable device’s computer software to be set up. The app send users notifications for incoming calls, messages, calendar reminders while wearing the Vive. It also lets them respond to missed calls, send quick replies to text messages, and call the sender back.

“Don’t miss what’s important IRL while you’re in VR. To get essential notifications in the world of virtual reality, just connect your phone with your HTC Vive. Notifications about phone calls, text messages and calendar events pop up without interrupting play and appear in the Vive tab on your System Dashboard so you can view them later too,” says the app description page on Google Play.

HTC last week said it faced an issue while processing some pre-orders for the wearable device. The company said that some pre-orders were affected by auto-cancellation last month. It is working on the issue and says it has already restored orders for some customers.

According to a HTC executive, the Taiwanese company last month sold over 15,000 units of the HTC Vive virtual reality headset in the first 10 minutes of its pre-orders. Since the device costs $799 (roughly Rs. 54,000) in the United States, it means that in the first 10 minutes the company sold $12 million worth of headsets.

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