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Wikipedia bans Daily Mail as 'unreliable' source

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - February 08, 2017 8490

Online encyclopaedia editors rule out publisher as a reference citing ‘reputation for poor fact checking and sensationalism’

Wikipedia editors have voted to ban the Daily Mail as a source for the website in all but exceptional circumstances after deeming the news group “generally unreliable”.

The move is highly unusual for the online encyclopaedia, which rarely puts in place a blanket ban on publications and which still allows links to sources such as Kremlin backed news organisation Russia Today, and Fox News, both of which have raised concern among editors.

If Trump hates leaks, he needs to give up his phone | John Naughton

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - February 18, 2017 5696

The leader of the free world’s ‘invincible ignorance’ about cybersecurity is worrying in the extreme

My favourite image of the week was a picture of the Queen opening the National Cyber Security Centre in London. Her Majesty is looking bemusedly at a large display while a member of staff explains how hackers could target the nation’s electricity supply. The job of the centre’s director, Ciaran Martin, is to protect the nation from such dangers.

Kapow! Amazon’s Alexa has learned new words – and she’s more nerdy than ever

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - February 14, 2017 5548

An update has added more geeky in-jokes and references to the e-commerce giant’s AI assistant, from ‘Cowabunga’ to ‘Great Scott!’

Alexa, the talking lady who sits inside the Amazon Echo waiting for you to say her name, is having a personality makeover. The talking AI’s latest update comes with a range of “speechcons” – little expressions or verbal tics.

Alexa will say 100 new words, including “bazinga” and “woohoo”.

'JeSuisIkea': Donald Trump's comments confuse Swedes as supporters cry cover-up

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - February 19, 2017 5433

After Trump suggests a non-existent terrorist attack took place in Sweden, supporters claim the media is covering up migrant crimes

Donald Trump’s comments during a rally in Florida on Saturday night that seemed to suggest a non-existent terrorist attack had taken place in Sweden have pitted the Scandinavian nation against some fervent supporters of the US president.

Defending his plans to ban refugees and travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, Trump told a crowd in Melbourne: “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden.

I fought racism and misogyny to become an MP. The fight is getting harder | Diane Abbott

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - February 14, 2017 5202

In 30 years I’ve never complained about abuse. I’m speaking out now because I fear the politics of personal destruction is silencing minorities

The Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison once said, “If there is a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” And as a young woman the “book I wanted to read” was a narrative where a black woman could be a member of the UK parliament.

IMDb shuts down its message boards

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - February 06, 2017 3548

The Internet Movie Database says its message boards are ‘no longer providing a positive, useful experience’ for the majority of its 250 million monthly users

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is shutting down its message boards, the organisation has announced.

In a statement on its website, the IMDb said it had “concluded that IMDb’s message boards are no longer providing a positive, useful experience for the vast majority of our more than 250 million monthly users worldwide”, and that the decision was “based on data and traffic”.