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Facebook's new info button lets you check a page's reputation

Facebook has started a trial of a new button meant to help combat fake news. The small "more info" link lets you view information about a story's publisher, giving you context on the articles they post. The details are sourced from external sites.

Russians march against state internet crackdown

Moscow - Around 1,000 people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to protest against the government's harsh legislative controls on the internet.

Google launches a Facebook-style news feed for your interests

Google has announced a new mobile app feature that surfaces articles that may be relevant to you. Called Feed, the feature has drawn comparisons with Facebook's News Feed. It's part of Google's ongoing efforts to become a destination, rather than a tool.

Uber merges with Russia's Yandex in six ex-Soviet countries

Moscow - Uber on Thursday announced that it was merging in Russia and five other ex-Soviet states with the taxi hailing app of the country's leading internet giant, Yandex.

Google News redesign brings a cleaner look and more fact checking

Google has announced a long-overdue overhaul of Google News on the web. The completely redesigned desktop site is more spacious and modern, featuring an upgraded sidebar, new personalisation options and emphasised "Fact Check" tags.

Facebook tweaks Trending to help you find new stories quicker

Facebook has announced it's expanding the search results page for its Trending feature on mobile devices to include more alternative viewpoints on major stories. The company is also improving the visibility of Trending to help you quickly access the news.

China to launch own encyclopaedia to rival Wikipedia

China plans to launch its own online encyclopaedia next year, hoping to build a "cultural Great Wall" that can rival Wikipedia as a go-to information source for Chinese Internet users who Beijing fears are being corrupted by foreign influences.

Wikipedia creator fights fake news with volunteer-led journalism

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a news site to oppose the spread of fake news by putting fact-checking and neutrality at the heart of each article. The site will use volunteers to check and edit articles written by professional journalists.

Google's new 'Fact Check' tags help combat fake news

Google has announced a new fact check feature as part of its latest effort to resist the spread of fake news. Websites accredited as "authoritative sources" will now be highlighted in search results and a "fact check" tag shown for investigated claims.

Russia wages 'war' on internet by jailing users: rights group

Moscow - A prominent Russian rights advocacy group on Tuesday warned of a crackdown on internet users as courts impose harsh jail sentences for posts expressing political views.

Satirical news has significant influence on public opinion

Satirical news shows are not only entertaining, they also help reinforce or alter perception, especially in relation to political opinion. New research demonstrates the reinforcing power of the media and makes some telling points for the post-Trump world.

What you should know about the top science stories of 2016 Special

This year has seen a variety of interesting news stories relating to science. Digital Journal looks back at the year in science and selects the 12 most interesting stories, one from each month of the year, that have made a major impact.

Fake news detector helps solve Facebook's problem, gets blocked

A new browser extension that flags up fake news on Facebook can offer "helpful reminders" that not everything on the social network is genuine. After enjoying a short success, Facebook has blocked the tool, seemingly embarrassed by its results.

A brief history of Breitbart News

While mainstream news outlets search inwardly for answers after the shocking victory of President-elect Donald Trump, Breitbart News appears to be riding his wave to the presidency.

Google now has its own fake news problem

In the days after the Presidential election, Facebook was accused of aiding Trump by helping to spread false news. It has emerged that Google is also displaying fake headlines. The company is investigating an inaccurate report promoted in search.

Since firing human editors, Facebook keeps posting fake news

Facebook continues to be the largest media outlet in the world. Yes, Facebook is a massive social network. It's a place to post baby photos and rage about the US election, all at once. It's also the number one place where humans get news online in 2016.

Facebook Paper is closing down

Facebook has announced it is closing down its news-reading app Paper. The app failed to emulate the success of news aggregators like Flipboard and will be closed down next month two years after its launch. The app has already been pulled from iOS.

Facebook to emphasise friends above pages, harming publishers

Facebook has announced it is changing the algorithm used for News Feed posts once again, this time to place your friends' status updates above those of publishers and groups. It said it wants to make Facebook a more personal place, emphasising closeness.

Ad blocking threatens the open web, 90 percent increase in 2015

There are now more people using ad blockers on smartphones than desktop PCs, according to a new report. The use of ad blockers on mobile devices rose 90 percent last year, representing a serious threat to the revenues of content publishers worldwide.

BBC faces huge cuts to news budget

London - The BBC is to spend less money on news and current affairs following a £80 million ($130 million) cut to its funding. The reduction will be phased over a four year period.

Apple admits it 'doesn’t know' how many people use its News app

Apple has said a glitch in its analytics software means it has been underestimating the number of people using its Apple News app since the service launched in September 2015. The company "doesn't know" what the correct figure is.

TV news station replaces film cameras with iPhones

A Swiss news station has recently replaced its professional-quality TV cameras with a fleet of iPhones, citing greater portability, equivalent image quality and lower operating cost as the chief reasons for the change.

Google ordered to remove links to stores on right to be forgotten

In a request that has been widely criticised online, the UK has ordered that Google remove links to online news stories that are about it removing links to stories because of right to be forgotten requests. The confusing ruling has not pleased Google.

'Fantastic Four' falls flat as 'Mission' wins again

"Fantastic Four" did not do what other superhero films have done - conquer the box office. It flopped and let "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" retain the top spot at the box office.

'Pixels' plays lower than expected as 'Ant-Man' wins again

"Pixels" proved not worthy of a box office title as it fell to "Ant-Man." Adam Sandler has lost his luster as his new video game action film fell flat.

'Ant-Man' crawls to the top

UPDATE 7.21.15: It turns out both "Ant-Man" and "Minions" came in a bit smaller than the Sunday estimates. "Ant-Man" came in at $57.1 million while "Minions" saw a $49.3 million weekend haul.

'Ant-Man' arrives and will battle 'Minions' for top spot

After an impressive first weekend win, "Minions" will be tough to beat. But, "Ant-Man" is here and the buzz has been good. The buzz, however, is still solid for those pesky "Minions."

Emmy nominations announced

Los Angeles - The 67th Emmy Awards will be handed out Sept. 20, but first come the nominations. They were announced today (July 16). "Game of Thrones" leads all shows with 24 nominations.

Making millions with 'Minions' is too easy

Making money with "Minions" was easy for Universal this weekend as the yellow wise-crackers won the box office. They made it look too easy.

Move over, 'Minions' are here

For Universal studios, the summer has been real nice. First "Jurassic World" took the box office by storm and now come the "Minions."
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