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Google Might Be Hiding the Fact That Its Own Reviews Are Shoddy

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-08-24 18:00
Google appears to have quietly purged its own user-generated review content from its search results. From a report: This is significant, critics of Google say, because it obscures the fact that Google's search engine judges the company's own reviews poorly. Google's search engine ranks content by relevance and quality, and Google's review content previously showed up deep into the search results, far from the first page of links that takes most of the clicks. A Google spokesperson disagreed that the review content was "de-indexed," simply noting that because Google reviews don't currently live on a web page, they are not displayed as web results. Given that reviews once showed up in regular Google search results and now do not, it follows that the reviews were moved from a web page to the Maps platform, whose code prevents search engines from crawling it. What was once searchable is now not searchable, something Google did not explain. As a result, Google reviews do not have to rank highly in search engines. Instead, the Google snippet -- the map and reviews box above the standard search result -- allows the company to capture clicks that would otherwise flow off the platform to whatever website had the best result in the algorithm made by the search team down the hall at Mountain View deemed as the best.

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Ikea smart plugs coming in October, report says - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-08-24 17:59
The home furnishing giant will reportedly start selling a line of smart plugs this fall under the Tradfri line.

Twitter CEO to testify before House committee on September 5th

Engadget - Fri, 2018-08-24 17:52
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on September 5th about the company's use of algorithms and how it monitors content.

Verizon throttled California firefighters and it wasn’t the first time - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-08-24 17:43
The Santa Clara County Fire Department has identified three instances of throttling.

Dominic Monaghan joins Star Wars Episode 9 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-08-24 17:41
Charlie from Lost is now in Star Wars, reuniting with JJ Abrams.

The weird world behind the scenes at Gamescom 2018 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-08-24 17:31
Horse heads and endless crowds. Yup, sounds like Gamescom.

BlackBerry video teases apparent Key2 LE days ahead of expected reveal - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-08-24 17:00
The low-end successor to the Key2 is likely to launch at IFA 2018.

China Shuts Down Blockchain News Accounts on WeChat App, Bans Hotels in Beijing From Hosting Cryptocurrency Events

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-08-24 16:55
China has shut down numerous blockchain-related news accounts on the WeChat social app, and banned hotels in downtown Beijing from hosting events promoting cryptocurrencies, in a renewed crackdown on activities related to the digital money. From a report: At least eight blockchain and cryptocurrency-focused online media outlets -- some of which raised several million dollars in venture capital -- found their official public accounts on WeChat blocked on Tuesday evening, due to violations against new regulations from China's top internet watchdog. Tencent, operator of WeChat, said in a statement that it has shut down these accounts permanently as they are "suspected of publishing information related to ICOs [initial coin offerings] and speculations on cryptocurrency trading." It cited regulations enacted earlier this month by the Cyberspace Administration of China, which, among other things, demand content providers within chat apps comply with "national interests" and "public orders."

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MoviePass forces annual subscribers to its new three-movie plan early

Engadget - Fri, 2018-08-24 16:52
Earlier this month, MoviePass announced that its customers, previously allowed to see one movie per day, would be limited to just three per month. At the time, the company said that the change wouldn't affect annual subscribers until their plan renew...

Facebook tests 'things in common' label to try to connect non-friends - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-08-24 16:47
Exclusive: You'll be able to see in comments if you live in the same city as someone or went to the same college.

Europe To Ban Halogen Lightbulbs

SlashDot - Fri, 2018-08-24 16:15
After nearly 60 years of brightening homes and streets, halogen lightbulbs will finally be banned across Europe on 1 September. From a report: The lights will dim gradually for halogen. Remaining stocks may still be sold, and capsules, linear and low voltage incandescents used in oven lights will be exempted. But a continent-wide switchover to light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is underway that will slash emissions and energy bills, according to industry, campaigners and experts. LEDs consume one-fifth of the energy of halogen bulbs and their phase-out will prevent more than 15m tonnes of carbon emissions a year, an amount equal to Portugal's annual electricity usage. Philips, the lighting manufacturer estimates consumer savings of up to 112 pound ($144) a year from the switchover because LEDs last much longer than halogens and use far less power.

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About that Facebook trust ranking

Engadget - Fri, 2018-08-24 16:15
To the complete horror and amusement of those watching the grand experiment Facebook is doing on everyone, this week we found out the company is assigning a reputation score to users that ranks their trustworthiness. The perversity of the situation w...

Here's the closest image yet of potentially hazardous asteroid Bennu - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-08-24 16:12
NASA's OSIRIS-REx is on a mission to the space rock to bring a scientific souvenir home.

Best Buy's portable Google Home speaker is just $35 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2018-08-24 16:06
The Insignia Voice once sold for as high as $150. It's an alarm clock, Bluetooth speaker and smart assistant.

2019 Ford GT Gulf Heritage is powder blue and orange royalty - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2018-08-24 16:00
Ford's latest history-inspired supercar livery has us waxing nostalgic all over again.

2019 Ford GT Gulf Heritage livery stirs up old feelings - Roadshow

CNET News - Fri, 2018-08-24 16:00
Unveiled at Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, this powder blue and orange special is a tribute to one of history's greatest endurance racers.

Two days with the Galaxy Watch: Bezels, Bixby and stress tests

Engadget - Fri, 2018-08-24 16:00
Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch officially went on sale today, but here's the thing: we've fully reviewed the former and only just received the latter. (Well, 48 hours ago, to be precise.) As a result, we're still working on our full Galaxy...

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