Crypto-friendly app Robinhood loses 8% in public Nasdaq debut
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Unlike traditional IPOs with a six-month lockup period, Robinhood will allow its employees to sell 15% of its shares immediately after the public debut.

Facebook validates armchair experts with a shiny badge
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We’ve all been ‘that person’ online at some point. You know, the one who chimes in with an essay-long comment on something we’re passionate about works — or correcting someone’s egregious mistakes (or maybe that’s just me). The problem is, no matter how knowledgeable you might think you are, there’s little to differentiate your opinion from those of anyone else’s online. Fret no more, for you can now officially be dubbed an ‘expert’ on Facebook Groups. Starting today, Facebook is launching a way for Group admins to assign certain individuals an expert badge. Once they accept the invitation, the badge…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Crypto-friendly app Robinhood loses 8% in public Nasdaq debut
cnbc robinhood bitcoin
13 hours ago

Unlike traditional IPOs with a six-month lockup period, Robinhood will allow its employees to sell 15% of its shares immediately after the public debut.

Google killed the 2020 Pixel Buds, so here’s my ‘Pro’ version wish list
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Google‘s 2020 Pixel Buds, despite some notable flaws, are some of my favorite Bluetooth headphones — and I say that as an audiophile who’s persnickety about sound quality. They had a balance of sound quality, features, comfort, and smarts that few headphones can match to date. Unfortunately, Google appears to have just killed them. I can only hope that’s because there’s an even better follow-up on the way. As noted by Android Police, Google has removed the Pixel Buds’ product page from its online store in the US and Canada. You can’t easily find a link to the Pixel Buds. Going…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

It’s not just political ads that are made to divide us
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Five years since the Brexit vote and three since the Cambridge Analytica scandal, we’re now familiar with the role that targeted political advertising can play in fomenting polarisation. It was revealed in 2018 that Cambridge Analytica had used data harvested from 87 million Facebook profiles, without users’ consent, to help Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign target key voters with online adverts. In the years since, we’ve learned how these kinds of targeted adverts can create political filter bubbles and echo chambers, suspected of dividing people and increasing the circulation of harmful disinformation. But the vast majority of the ads exchanged…This story continues at The Next Web

Toxic online disagreements are largely due to social media design
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Good-faith disagreements are a normal part of society and building strong relationships. Yet it’s difficult to engage in good-faith disagreements on the internet, and people reach less common ground online compared with face-to-face disagreements. There’s no shortage of research about the psychology of arguing online, from text versus voice to how anyone can become a troll and advice about how to argue well. But there’s another factor that’s often overlooked: the design of social media itself. My colleagues and I investigated how the design of social media affects online disagreements and how to design for constructive arguments. We surveyed and…This story continues at The Next Web

Fake science is getting faker — thanks, AI
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The practice of science involves trying to find things out about the world by using rigid logic and testing every assumption. Researchers then write up any important findings in papers and submit them for possible publication. After a peer-review process, in which other scientists check that the research is sound, journals publish papers for public consumption. You might therefore reasonably believe that published papers are quite reliable and meet high-quality standards. You might expect small mistakes that got overlooked during peer review, but no major blunders. It’s science, after all! You’d be wrong in expecting this, though. Real and good…This story continues at The Next Web

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Astronomy is all about data. The universe is getting bigger and so too is the amount of information we have about it. But some of the biggest challenges of the next generation of astronomy lie in just how we’re going to study all the data we’re collecting. To take on these challenges, astronomers are turning to machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to build new tools to rapidly search for the next big breakthroughs. Here are four ways AI is helping astronomers. 1. Planet hunting There are a few ways to find a planet, but the most successful has been…This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook may technically have more users than any other social media platform, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the most popular. Now it looks like someone at Facebook is at least a little jealous of Instagram‘s success. At least, that’s what a new test hitting the Instagram app suggests. As noted by Engadget, Instagram is testing a blurb at the top of users’ feeds that reminds them of features that are only available on Facebook. Among these are “how to find a job, date online, buy and sell goods, or catch up on the latest news,” according to Facebook rep’s…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook