Google to Start Adding ‘Fact Check’ Tag to Accurate News Articles in Search Results

Google to Start Adding 'Fact Check' Tag to Accurate News Articles in Search Results
Factually correct articles will bear ‘Fact check’ tag next to them
Google will check if websites are conducting fact checking on their own
It is currently rolling out in the US and the UK
How many times have you been proven wrong among your friends because something you said was factually incorrect? You then actually doubt your knowledge and regret referring to some random article on the Internet. Well, this happens to almost everybody who easily trusts anything that is available on the Web without scrutinising it thoroughly. But now, Google is coming forward to help you save from that embarrassment. Google will now start showing you whether an article is factually correct or not by tagging it with the ‘Fact Check’ label in search results.

Readers will start seeing the tagged articles in the expanded story box on news.google.com as well as in the Google News & Weather iOS and Android apps, starting with the US and the UK, Google said in a blog post on Tuesday.

Google says organisations like International Fact-Checking Network and others are making continuous efforts to fact check articles, misinformed topics, sensationalised headlines, and other Internet hoaxes rigorously. By collaborating with them, Google aims to provide you almost accurate long news stories in the categories of health, politics etc. The websites that have correct and accurate information will be stacked in Google’s database, and will show you a visible ‘Fact Check’ label in the news section.
“In the seven years since we started labelling types of articles in Google News (e.g., In-Depth, Opinion, Wikipedia), we’ve heard that many readers enjoy having easy access to a diverse range of content types,” said Google in its blog spot enlightening the efforts the Internet giant has done to make news more relevant for the readers. Funnily enough, the latest Trump debacle has been reported to be misinforming people during the US Presidential election slated to happen in the near future – and Google is saving US citizens (and others who are interested as well) from making decisions in haste and confusion.

The Google News vertical has also explained the process the articles will now undergo to check whether it contains fact checks in part by looking for the schema.org ClaimReview markup. Meanwhile, Google will also look for the websites that follow the standard criteria for fact checking. The news websites and the publishers who enable fact-checks and are eager to see it appear with the “Fact check” tag have been advised by Google to use that markup in fact-check articles. So, if you are one of the publishers, you can head to Google’s help centre to know more on the procedure.

Adobe India Opens Registrations for CodHERS 2016 Hackathon for Women

Adobe India Opens Registrations for CodHERS 2016 Hackathon for Women
Adobe India on Thursday opened registrations for “CodHERS 2016”, its first ever hackathon for women technologists in the country.

The four-hour-long online virtual hackathon in association with HackerRank will be held on November 12 and will hunt for women developers and coders through a series of algorithmic programming challenges.

The winner will receive an iPhone 7, while the second and third placed participants will receive an Apple iPad Air 2 tablet and Apple iPad Mini 2 tablet, respectively.

Adobe will also be providing internship opportunities or full-time positions, depending upon the eligibility, to the top 20 contestants.
“With CodHERS 2016, we want to provide an opportunity to women programmers and coders in India to come forth and showcase their talent, and in the process, identify potential women technology leaders of the future,” said Abdul Jaleel, Vice President, People Resources India, Adobe, in a statement.

Adobe India’s Hackathon, that saw significant participation from software developers and coders across the country last year, has been launched as “CodHERS” in its 2016 edition.

Amazon’s Alexa Can Now Run on Your Windows, Mac, or Linux Machine

Amazon's Alexa Can Now Run on Your Windows, Mac, or Linux Machine

  • Developers can add Alexa voice assistant to desktops
  • Alexa can now be activated via voice commands on Raspberry Pi
  • Windows, Mac, Linux users need to push a button to activate Alexa

Amazon has opened up its Alexa voice-controlled virtual assistant to Windows, Mac, and Linux users, in addition to giving the the software more power on Raspberry Pi. The company has released the code for the hands-free version of Alexa for Raspberry Pi on GitHub, while Windows, Mac, and Linux users will have to make do with pressing a button to turn on the digital assistant.

Alexa support for Raspberry Pi has been available for a few months now, but there was no provision for making it hands-free and voice controlled. Users had to wake up Alexa by pressing an on-screen button. With the new code, Amazon has provided developers support for make the software always listen for the ‘hot word,’ in this case “Alexa”, similar to what you get with Amazon’s popular Echo, Dot, and Tap devices.

 

The online retail giant has integrated two wake word engines in the code: TrulyHandsFree from Sensory, and Snowboy from KIIT.AI. Users will need to say the Alexa hot word in a conversational three times in order to train the software to pick up their voice so that it wakes up on command.

On the other hand, the always-on functionality will be absent from the release for Mac, Windows, and Linux. Amazon has not said whether it will make Alexa hands-free on these desktops anytime soon, though given improvements in the Raspberry Pi project, that’s likely. The company has said that the code released on GitHub is for tinkering only, and not meant for commercial use.

 

With Alexa on the desktop, users will, theoretically, be able to ask Alexa for the weather or look up information on the Internet, etc., and perform other tasks that Amazon’s other Alexa-based devices can do. It does not ‘integrate’ with your desktop machine in any way.

 

Apple brought Siri to the desktop with last month’s macOS Sierra update. Google Now, the Internet search giant’s digital assistant, was released for the desktop version of the Chrome browser in 2014, but Google killed it off last year saying few users ever clicked on the notifications.

 

Vodafone to launch 4G services in Delhi by first week of February

 Vodafone on Monday launched its 4G services in Kolkata.

NEW DELHI: Vodafone India, a leading telecom services provider, on Monday rolled out its 4G services in Kolkata. Now, inside sources have told us that Vodafone is getting ready to launch its 4G services in New Delhi by first week of February. The exact date of launch could be February 3 or 4.After Airtel, Vodafone will be another service provider in the city to provide fast internet connectivity to its customers.

The exact speeds are still unknown, however, if we go by reports it should be upwards of 30 MBPS per connection.
 Vodafone is already supplying 4G sims to its customers and the company has announced that users who are upgrading to 4G-ready sims will be rewarded with free 1GB 4G internet, at the time of the launch.

Karnataka’s Malpe becomes India’s first beach to get Wi-Fi

MANGALURU: Malpe beach in Udupi district, one of the main tourist attractions in southern Karnataka, has become the first beach in India to have Wi-Fi connectivity.

 The facility will be available to tourists free of cost for 30 minutes at any time of the day during their visit, an official release said.

Udupi MLA Pramod Madhwaraj launched the 24×7 facility at a function at the beach yesterday.

He said the duration of free Wi-Fi access would be extended later.

The service is being provided by BSNL, supported by the Centre’s Digital Drive Initiative.

Madhwaraj said the Malpe beach committee had spent Rs 80 lakh for beach development works last year. Work on road development had also been taken up at a cost of Rs 5 crore over the years, he said.

Yahoo to decide next strategic steps

NEW YORK: Yahoo Inc will decide on its next strategic steps only after releasing quarterly earnings on 2 February, people familiar with the matter said, as the company continues to resist investor calls to explore a sale of its core Internet assets.

Yahoo wants to gauge shareholder reaction after presenting its strategic vision during the earnings conference call, one of the people said. Yahoo this month rebuffed several potential buyers for its core Internet assets, including private equity firms, the three sources said this week. They declined to be identified because the deliberations are confidential.
Yahoo declined to comment.
Yahoo said last month it would pursue a tax-free spinoff of the core Internet business, which could take at least a year. But investors are pressing for an outright sale, fearing that the business, which includes selling search and display ads on its news and sports sites and email service, could lose more value in the face of competition from Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc.

Yahoo’s resistance to the outright sale has set it on a collision course with activist investor Starboard Value LP, which earlier this month reiterated its call for the company to auction off the core business. The last time Yahoo solicited interest in its core Internet assets was in December, ahead of a board meeting in which the spinoff of the assets was decided, one of the sources said.

At the time, the Sunnyvale, California-based company asked potential buyers to submit preliminary indications of interest and state how much they would be willing to pay for the Internet assets, that source said. No formal sale process was ever launched, the person added. Verizon Communications Inc Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo declined to discuss whether the telecommunications company was considering buying Yahoo’s core assets. “You can’t talk about something that’s not up for sale,” he said in an interview on Thursday. “We’ll wait to see when it’s kickstarted and then we’ll decide.”

 Yahoo in December abandoned plans to spin off its stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and announced it would instead spin off other assets, including its stake in Yahoo Japan, into a new company.
Yahoo might find it hard to avoid a formal sales process for long, however, as investors, including Starboard, push more aggressively for a sale. Other investors, including Canyon Capital Advisors and Mason Capital have also been urging Yahoo to sell its Internet business.
Yahoo investors have a one-month window to nominate a slate of board members starting Feb. 25, and Starboard has indicated in its last two letters to the board it is prepared to launch a proxy contest.

Twitter back after brief outage

Twitter faced some downtime on Monday evening.Twitter faced some downtime on Monday evening.
NEW DELHI: Twitter appeared to be down for about 15 minutes on Monday evening, with the social media site saying it is working on fixing the issue. The website is showing a message “Something is technically wrong. Thanks for noticing — we’re going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon.”

India Has Missed the Bus in Wired Broadband: Trai Chairman

Asserting mobile tower radiation did not have any health hazards, telecom regulator Trai on Thursday stressed on the need for using wired internet services instead of relying more on wireless services.

Lamenting the low base of landline phones in the country, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman R.S. Sharma said India has “missed the bus” in terms of wired broadband.

“While broadband requirement of the people will be satisfied to a certain extent, but it needs to be realised that there are limits to the bandwidth provided through wireless.

“Wired broadband is cost-effective. But in case of wired broadband, India has missed the bus,” Sharma said here at an MCC Chamber of Commerce organised event.

(Also see:  Trai for Effective Implementation of BharatNet)

He said the lack of adequate number of landlines can be compensated by cable TV connections for supplementing wired broadband.

“Unfortunately in India, the trend is towards dismantling landlines and moving towards mobile. Because of this low base of landlines, we are not able to utilise those.

“However, with over 100 million cable TV homes, that could be used for providing bandwidth for broadband. This is the way we should start working now and not depend completely on wireless,” he said.

He also dispelled as myth of mobile towers radiation being hazardous to health.

“Let me dispel this myth about mobile tower radiation. In fact it’s not radiation, rather radio waves. Their effect is similar to what sunrise does. Actually itas not radiation, it is somehow been made to believe that they are harmful. It doesn’t cause cancer, doesn’t cause any health hazard. Many authoritative health bodies in the world have said it,” he said.

Interacting with the media at another event, Sharma said the Trai was exploring avenues to increase private participation in implementation of BharatNet, which aims to connect panchayats through a fibre network offering multiple online services.

“We are exploring ways to increase private sector involvement in BharatNet. We would like their involvement in both construction of the network and providing services,” he said.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Starts India Operations

There is no impact on the Indian headcount of the erstwhile HP at the newly-formed Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) India, said its top executive on Monday.

“Our talent need is changing and becoming lesser but with the formation of the new company, we are not looking at any headcount reduction,” said MD Neelam Dhawan, without revealing the exact number of people its employs in India.

One of the two companies created after splitting the older Hewlett Packard, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has started operating in its new avatar as a leading global company in the space of enterprise services, software and financial services from Monday – a year after the split was announced.

“We have creates two new Fortune 50 companies (HPE and HP Inc) from the older Fortune 50 company (HP),” said Dhawan.

While HP Inc deals with personal computers and printers business, $53 billion (roughly Rs. 3,47,157 crores) HPE deals with enterprise business. HPE, which currently employs 252,000 people in 400 locations in 120 countries, is looking at an addressable market of $1 trillion.

“The older company (HP) has been separated into two companies to be more agile and swift and bring down the cost structure. The justification is very strong and took us one year to set it up in every country,” said Dhawan, adding the transformation is aimed at serving the new age businesses using IT extremely innovatively and to provide seamless integration.

Meg Whitman is the president and CEO and Pat Russo chairman of HPE, whose key capabilities are servers, storage, cloud, networking, security, IT services, converged systems, financial services and big data.

In India, HPE is headquartered in Bengaluru along with operations in Gurgaon, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Lucknow.

NPA Facility to Train 2,000 Policemen in Cybercrime Probe

The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy’s National Digital Crime Resource and Training Centre, which is the only facility of its kind in India, will train 2,000 policemen over the next two years in investigating cyber crime, an official said on Thursday.

The training of serving police officials and investigating personnel will start from December this year.

Academy director Aruna Bhaugana told reporters on Thursday that the NDCRTC, a research and training institute which also serves as a depository of all kinds of crimes, recently started functioning.

The 67th batch of Indian Police Service (IPS) officer trainees, passing out on Saturday, became the first batch to be trained by the NDCRTC in cyber crime investigations and also in how to use cyber technology to detect crime.

Since IPS officers have only a supervisory role, the facility will roll out courses to train officers who actually investigate the cyber crime.

With cyber experts from various agencies and institutions, it will also provide training to personnel of other law enforcing agencies like customs, revenue intelligence and income tax in dealing with the cyber crime.

According to academy’s deputy director H.K. Kusumakar, the department of electronics and information technology in the ministry of communication and information technology is funding the centre to the tune of Rs. 3.68 crores for two years.

After this period, the centre will offer paid courses for government and private organizations and individuals to generate its own revenues and become self-reliant.

The centre will have a governing body comprising members from agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the state police on rotation basis.

There will also be a technical body comprising 25 to 30 technical advisors from various organizations like Central Forensic Lab (CFL) of Hyderabad and private individuals.

The centre is currently designing course curriculum and study material. The course duration will range from one day to two weeks.

“We also have plans for liasioning with similar international organisations,” said Kusumakar.