What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team – The New York Times

New research reveals surprising truths about why some work groups thrive and others falter.

This is a really interesting article about how Google tried to determine what is the ideal combination for a successful team.

Source: What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team – The New York Times

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Denzel Washington hit by Facebook fake news story on Trump – BBC News

A fake story about Denzel Washington praising Donald Trump is being shared on Facebook.

Source: Denzel Washington hit by Facebook fake news story on Trump – BBC News

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Google News introduces fact check feature – just in time for US election | Technology | The Guardian

Launched today, fact check will now appear as a label among news search results alongside other labels such as opinion, local source and highly cited

In the midst of a highly charged presidential election, where fact and fiction have frequently become confused, Google News has introduced a new fact check feature in search results for news stories.

Source: Google News introduces fact check feature – just in time for US election | Technology | The Guardian

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Your Final Year: Making the most of it

 

Wednesday October 26th, 2pm-5pm

N105

Welcome to all our final year students!

All Level 6 Humanities and Mass Communications students are invited to an afternoon of presentations and interactive workshops aimed at helping you to make the most of your final year of study.

The afternoon is a valuable opportunity to hear from a range of speakers and to participate  in some interactive workshops, all designed to help you tackle the challenges and opportunities of the year ahead but also to think about what happens after you graduate.

Sessions will include:

  • managing your final year – hear from some of our graduates
  • how to develop and hone study skills specific to Level 6 such as planning, time management and writing dissertations/longer projects
  • polishing your presentation skills
  • how to recognise the value of the transferable skills that you have developed during your time as Mass Communication/Humanities students

Please join us for an informative, supportive and inspirational afternoon.

In order to help us plan for catering, please email Tim Stafford (t.1.stafford@herts.ac.uk) giving your full name, if you would like to attend.

 

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Facebook apologises for baby hedgehog Marketplace ads – BBC News

Baby hedgehogs, illegal drugs and guns were listed for sale on the new Marketplace section of Facebook’s app.

Source: Facebook apologises for baby hedgehog Marketplace ads – BBC News

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The personal details Facebook uses to target ads to you

Feel like Facebook’s been reading your brain? Here’s how the social network makes more than $8 billion from ads in a quarter.

Source: The personal details Facebook uses to target ads to you

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Apple has ditched earphone wires: what other cables should we get rid of? | Technology | The Guardian

Wired up … What will be next? Photograph: Alamy

The company has announced that the iPhone 7’s AirPods won’t have leads – but why stop there? The world needs a wireless declutter

Source: Apple has ditched earphone wires: what other cables should we get rid of? | Technology | The Guardian

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Facebook had no right to edit history | Erna Solberg | Opinion | The Guardian

The image of a Vietnamese girl attacked by napalm should not have been deleted from my page. We cannot let corporations control information in this way

Source: Facebook had no right to edit history | Erna Solberg | Opinion | The Guardian

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Publishers must let online readers pay for news anonymously | Technology | The Guardian

 

‘Tailored ads imply snooping because the most lucrative advertising on the internet is based on tracking people’s interests and behaviour.’ Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Some newspaper and magazine websites are cutting off access to readers unless they accept being surveilled by advertisers – no thank you!

Source: Publishers must let online readers pay for news anonymously | Technology | The Guardian

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Facebook fires trending team, and algorithm without humans goes crazy | Technology | The Guardian

The trending module was meant to have ‘learned’ from the human editors’ curation decisions. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Module pushes out false story about Fox’s Megyn Kelly, offensive Ann Coulter headline and a story link about a man masturbating with a McDonald’s sandwich

Source: Facebook fires trending team, and algorithm without humans goes crazy | Technology | The Guardian

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