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Sick of googling symptoms and getting bad information? Here…

Sick of googling symptoms and getting bad information? Here…

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If you’re an American with Internet access, you’ve probably done it. You get a headache, a sniffle or a mystery bruise, and instead of seeing your doctor, you consult “Dr. Google.” According to some studies, more than 80 percent of Americans have used the Internet to “self-diagnose” health issues. UC Merced public health communication professor Susana Ramirez’s new partnership with an eHealth startup aims to help people get quality information and find out what they do with it once they have it. “Sometimes the answers people get from websites are like newspaper horoscopes,” Ramirez said. “You can’t really say that there’s anything wrong with the answer, but it’s so generic as to be useless for any individua
Google building search engine that satisfies Chinese censor…

Google building search engine that satisfies Chinese censor…

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Google on Monday confirmed a secretive project that's been fueling an employee-led backlash for weeks at the company: an effort to build a version of its search engine that complies with China's online censorship regime.The project, code-named Dragonfly, is not only real but is already performing to the satisfaction of top Google executives. And it could pave the way for Google to reenter China's online search market after nearly a decade."If Google were to operate in China, what would it look like? What queries will we be able to serve?" chief executive Sundar Pichai said during an event hosted by Wired on Monday night. "It turns out we'll be able to serve well over 99 percent of the queries."The announcement could prompt more questions from U.S. policymakers, some of whom ...
SEC Ruling Takes Aim at Stock-Exchange Profits

SEC Ruling Takes Aim at Stock-Exchange Profits

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In recent years, U.S. stock exchanges thought they had a guaranteed profit machine that could revive their sagging businesses: selling market data at ever-higher prices to a captive audience of Wall Street banks and traders.On Tuesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission ruled against the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Inc. NDAQ 2.40% in a 12-year legal dispute over market-data fees. The five-member commission unanimously shot down a pair of requests to raise fees for certain NYSE and Nasdaq data, saying the exchanges hadn’t justified the price increases. The decision is the first time the SEC has rejected fee increases for the exchanges’ most lucrative class of stock-market data feeds. It casts doubt on a crucial sourc
Google says it ‘internally tested’ censored China search en…

Google says it ‘internally tested’ censored China search en…

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Google CEO Sundar Pinchai has said a separate, censored version of its search engine for the Chinese market has undergone several successful internal tests. The comments are the first time Google has officially confirmed it is working on the search engine, dubbed Project Dragonfly, which has been criticised heavily by human rights organisations. Pinchai defended the decision of working on a search engine which will censor any results critical of the Chinese government by saying providing some information is better than providing no information at all. "We are compelled by our mission [to] provide information to everyone, and [China is] 20 percent of the world's population," the Google CEO said during the Wired25 conference, as reported by the organiser, Wired. "People don't understand f
A Rumored, Potentially Groundbreaking, Partnership Has TRX …

A Rumored, Potentially Groundbreaking, Partnership Has TRX …

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Over the past few months, Tron has been one of the cryptocurrencies that dominates major headlines on a regular basis. From the acquisition of BitTorrent to the release of Project Atlas, the Tronix project has continued to develop along its long-term adoption path, releasing products that aim to benefit the Tron ecosystem over the foreseeable future. The most recent rumored partnership, with the Chinese internet search giant called Baidu, has the potential to be groundbreaking for the entire cryptocurrency industry.   Hints of A Tron-Baidu Partnership Surface It all began when the news website Coinness released the following tweet: Exclusive: #Tron to Cooperate with China’s IT Giant #Baidu The Tron team told https://t.co/reZ2fjHrZq that a partnership had been confirmed between Tron
German internet operator fights spies, IEEE eyes 802.11 fut…

German internet operator fights spies, IEEE eyes 802.11 fut…

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Roundup German internet exchange operator DE-CIX has again attempted to block the country's spy agency from tapping its network – this time by filing a constitutional complaint. The company brought a federal court lawsuit in 2016 that it lost in May this year, and late last week it was seen trying again. Reuters wrote that DE-CIX issued a statement quoting board member Klaus Landefeld saying: "For us, the decision by the Federal Administrative Court to dismiss the case without consideration of the objections raised is legally not acceptable". Rather than performing targeted surveillance, the BND gets a raw data stream from DE-CIX, essentially a mirror of all the traffic it has handled. DE-C
Legal Search Engine with Pirate Keywords Confuses ‘Web Sher…

Legal Search Engine with Pirate Keywords Confuses ‘Web Sher…

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Last year the film industry launched a legal search engine that targets 'pirates' specifically. The site is set up in such a way, that it draws people who search for pirate related terms. However, this also appears to have confused the "Web Sheriff," who targeted the site's URLs with takedown notices. The Web Sheriff, aka John Giacobbi, has been protecting the Internet from pirates for well over a decade. In the early days, he became somewhat of a cult figure thanks to his polite style and trademarked letterhead. This set him apart from other anti-piracy crusaders who usually sent DMCA takedown requests with a more aggressive lawyer-like style. The Sheriff once had a lively discussion with The Pirate Bay folks, who then sent him this invoice fax. Not much later relationships deteriora...
Our nation’s civic health depends on you – News – The Hutch…

Our nation’s civic health depends on you – News – The Hutch…

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CHICAGO -- You can't throw a rock these days without hitting a book, news headline or podcast episode about the impending end of democracy.I'm no doomsayer but, yes, it's coming.Not just because of increasing political polarization, the influence of corporate money on elections or any of the other usual suspects. It'll be just plain apathy and ignorance that finally do us in.Let's start with these little nuggets of information. Of the 1,000 randomly selected American adults who recently took a multiple-choice quiz:Only 13 percent knew when the U.S. Constitution was ratified, with most incorrectly thinking it occurred in 1776.60 percent didn't know which countries the United States fought in World War II.57 percent did not know how many justices serve on the U.S. Supreme Cour...
5 Signs You Have Cyberchondria, Because The Internet-Fuelle…

5 Signs You Have Cyberchondria, Because The Internet-Fuelle…

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Do you Google every change in your body for fear it's a symptom of something bigger? Have you convinced yourself you're suffering from an illness you've read about online, to the point of worry or distress? Are you constantly at the doctor's, often armed with a series of bookmarked websites? If so, you could be dealing with cyberchondria, a form of health anxiety which the Guardian defines as "compulsively using search engines and websites in the hope of finding reassurance about medical fears, only to self-diagnose further ailments." Take a look at the five signs you might have cyberchondria listed below; if any of them sound familiar, it's worth discussing the matter with a doctor.As the Guardian reports, researchers have established the European Problematic Use of the Internet Resear...