The European Union’s proposed Article 11 could have a major affect on the amount of traffic that publishers see on their site directed by Google's search engine.This week Google shared data on a recent test that found publishers could see a 45% reduction in site traffic if the engine needs to remove snippets of text from search results.Article 11, referred to as the tax on links, requires search engines and online news aggregators to pay licensing fees when serving up summaries or snippets of descriptions in query results.The directive came about after some news publishers wanted search engines and others to sign a commercial license for using the descriptions. Google always argued that the brief descriptions encourage people who are searching to click on the link to view the content on
Did French actor, film director, screenwriter and film producer Gérard Jugnot die early in the morning? No, that's not true: the story was posted by some joker to a prank website where anyone can publish realistic-looking news articles but the "news" has not been confirmed anywhere. The story originated from an article published on actualite.co on February 3, 2019 titled "La mort de Gérard Jugnot tôt ce matin ." (archived here) which read: C'est une si mauvaise nouvelle pour le cinéma Français et pour le cinéma en lui même ce matin , dans les bouches du Rhône
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Welcome to Fox News First. Not signed up yet? Click here. Developing now, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019TRUMP VOWS TO BUILD WALL, ADDRESSES 2020 RUMORS: In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times, President Trump called the latest border wall talks among lawmakers a "waste of time" if Nancy Pelosi does not agree to funding the structure and blasted the House speaker for doing a "tremendous disservice to the country." ... “I’ve actually always gotten along with her, but now I don’t think I will anymore,” Trump told the Times. “I think she’s doing a tremendous disservice to the country. If s
Trump ends shutdown, signs bill to reopen government WASHINGTON (AP) — Submitting to mounting pressure, President Donald Trump has signed a bill to reopen the government for three weeks, backing down from his demand that… Trump ends shutdown, signs bill to reopen government WASHINGTON (AP) — Submitting to mounting pressure, President Donald Trump has signed a bill to reopen the government for three weeks, backing down from his demand that Congress give him money for his border wall before federal agencies go back to work. Standing alone in the Rose Garden Friday, Trump said he would sign legislation funding shuttered agencies until Feb. 15 and try again to persuade lawmakers to finance his long-sought wall. The deal he reached with congressional leaders contains no new money for
Photo: GettyThe European Union has spent the last year working on a controversial overhaul of its copyright laws and was scheduled to finalize the proposal on Monday. Lawmakers failed to come to an agreement and the legislation is stalled for the time being, but that hasn’t stopped Google from threatening to pull its News service from the EU entirely if the copyright directive eventually passes.The EU hasn’t updated its copyright laws since 2001 and most people agree that reforms for the age of information are in order. Members of European Parliament (MEP), copyright holders, and big tech platforms are generally in agreement that the bulk of the new EU Copyright Directive is good for everyone. But two sections of the still-in-the-works draft of the legislation have sparked public outcr
Exhausted hype, overpromising, underdelivering and a reaction to market volatility between China and the US is hitting the augmented reality market and a wave of prominent startups are now kaput. Meta Company, who sells the Meta 2 AR headset has become insolvent. Osterhaut Design Group (ODG), whose founder Ralph Osterhaut sold AR-related patents to Microsoft pre-HoloLens is also bankrupt. UK-based Blippar, who were on a mission to create a Google search engine for image-based queries entered a form of bankruptcy. Magic Leap, HoloLens and DAQRI now stand out the most. Magic Leap has tons of funding, Microsoft has billions, a recent defense contract win and DAQRI appears in good health right now. So, what happened to the fallen? Osterhaut Design Group Ralph Osterhaut, who starte...
Facebook announced on Sunday that it will help create an independent ethics research center for artificial intelligence (AI) with the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The technology giant said it will provide $7.5 million over five years as "an initial funding grant." With the AI industry growing at unprecedented levels, its use and impact have come under increased scrutiny, with some experts warning of the potential for unexpected consequences from its application. What Facebook said: "The Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence … will explore fundamental issues affecting the use and impact of AI." "Artificial intelligence offers an immense opportunity to benefit people and communities around the world." "Academics, industry stakeholders and developers driving these adv
An ad pretending to be a news article The article, really an ad, can be found on Techcrunch. Although the article is supposed to be about Canadian plans for a universal basic income there are no links to material on this. There is a quick change of subject to casinos which are alleged to be used to raise money for the plans. All the links are to the casino Grand Mondial.. The ad is clever in that the Liberal government is looking at ways to introduce a universal basic income. By this time, it was finally dawning on me that this was not a real news report. I checked back on Techcrunch. The report is listed as sponsored material. The sponsor is even listed "daily ketchup" . That seems a fitting name since the company obviously is used to spice up news reports turning them into fakes...
Many readers have written to rave about the search engine DuckDuckGo, because it promises privacy as you search the web. But we learned that it’s only partially private. DuckDuckGo itself doesn’t track your movements, but you can still be "seen" by the websites you visit, for marketing purposes.An alternative is Startpage.com. Search on anything and when the results come up, click “Anonymous View” next to the site you wish to visit. Your computer’s address will be masked. So will your location, your browser, operating system and personal information. So … when you go on Facebook or Twitter, those sites can’t share your activities with the websites that advertise with them.We actually don’t mind advertisers collecting data on us, since advertisers use it to show ads for stuff
I have written about it before but it is a concept some people struggle with. Photos from the internet are not necessarily "free." They are free in the sense that you can copy and paste them into whatever you want and go about your day. This is just like any product in the store is free because you can pick it up, put it in your pocket and walk out of the store. Photos have the same copyright protections that written words do. If someone snaps a photo, they automatically have the exclusive rights to that photo. It doesn’t matter if they file for a copyright. They own that photo. Taking images off the web to reuse is often a violation of the original creator’s rights and may land you in trouble. I say "often" because there are exceptions. And these exceptions can help you res