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Media - Our robot overlords

Embarrassing fake story highlighted in Trending Topics after Facebook fires human staff

by Gina Hall Facebook newsfeed

SILICON VALLEY — That didn't take long.

Facebook cut its Trending Topics team on Friday in favor of employing algorithms to surface news stories on the social networking platform.

Then on Sunday a fake story about Megyn Kelly getting fired by Fox for being a secret liberal showed up among the Trending Topics after getting hundreds of thousands of likes.

The company didn't take the story down  ...

6 minutes ago
Media - Our robot overlords

Facebook ditches humans in favor of algorithms for Trending Topics

by Gina Hall Facebook Reaction

SILICON VALLEY — Facebook cut its Trending Topics team on Friday in favor of employing algorithms to surface news stories on the social networking platform.

The Menlo Park company laid off 15-18 editorial contractors overseeing its Trending Topics, which represent the most popular stories on the site. The contractors, who were at the company less than 2 years, were given severance equal to pay  ...

16 hours ago
Media - A giant on the horizon

Apple creating a video-sharing app to compete with Snapchat: Report

by Gina Hall SNAPCHAT

SILICON VALLEY — If you can’t top it, copy it. Apple has a video sharing and editing app in development to compete with wildly popular Snapchat.

Apple’s new app will allow users to record video, apply filters and send creations to their social networks in the same manner as Snapchat, according to Bloomberg, citing sources close to the project. The app can be managed with one hand and allows  ...

17 hours ago
Startups - Silicon Nation: Nashville

Chicago startup to bring big-city amenities to Nashville's apartment boom

by Jacob Steimer Pressbox locker room

NASHVILLE — In Chicago, San Francisco and Boston, residents of apartment and condo complexes have access to on-demand dry cleaning.

Pretty soon, Drew McKenna said you'll be able to add Nashville to that list.

The co-founder of Chicago-based Pressbox said his company is about halfway toward launching its dry-cleaning service in Nashville. The company, which McKenna started three years ago,  ...

19 hours ago
Startups - Silicon Nation: Washington

Startup BringMe wants to revolutionize the food run

by Andy Medici BringMe

WASHINGTON — All Moustafa Baiou wanted was some Chipotle.

He had been studying for midterms with his friends while attending George Mason University. The study group had been at it for more than six hours, and Baiou was close to brain dead. The cure? A delicious burrito.

But between leaving campus, losing his parking spot and driving down the road to the nearest store, it would take an hour.  ...

20 hours ago
Startups - Startup victory

Boulder company wins in Rio at the Olympics of sports startups

by Monica Mendoza Sports Inovation Victory

DENVER — Boulder-based sports product company Stryd came home from Rio this week with the first-place win in what was dubbed the Olympics of sports startups.

The startup company was among eight startups that pitched their business to a panel of judges in the inaugural Global Innovation in Sports Competition, which was hosted in Rio de Janeiro where the summer Olympic games just ended.

Stryd won  ...

21 hours ago
Hot Shots - Upstart lifestyles

​This mom hated the vibe at kids' play spaces. So she dreamed up a new one.

by Rebecca Cooper Nook

WASHINGTON — Arlington’s growing cadre of parents will soon have a calming, indoor oasis for their kids to play.

Well, that might go a bit far — Nook, which is opening in Arlington, is still for toddlers, after all. But at least it will look nice, if all goes to according to owner Maria Vogelei’s plan.

Vogelei, who recently signed a lease for a 3,000-square-foot-space at 5649 Lee  ...

21 hours ago
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