One Degree News Brief … October 16, 2017

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Facebook Says Its Fake News Label Helps Reduce The Spread Of A Fake Story By 80%

A news story that’s been labelled false by Facebook’s third-party fact-checking partners sees its future impressions on the platform drop by 80%, according to new data contained in an email sent by a Facebook executive and obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The message also said it typically takes “over three days” for the label to be applied to a false story, and that Facebook wants to work with its partners to speed the process.


Apple Leaks ‘Confirm’ Radical New Smartphone

Forget the iPhone X, it is Samsung’s confirmation of a radical new Galaxy X smartphone which has suddenly captured everyone’s attention. And that has spurred Apple into revealing perhaps its most ambitious iPhone plan to date…

Following a statement from Samsung’s president of mobile, Koh Dong-jin, that it will release a folding touchscreen smartphone “for sure” in 2018, and subsequent Bluetooth and radio certification which actually show a release date looks close – Apple has reacted and is not being subtle about its intentions.


Taylor Swift plans launch of social media app

Glu Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: GLUU), a leading global developer and publisher of free-to-play mobile games, today announced the first details about the upcoming launch of The Swift Life, a new digital entertainment project in partnership with multiple Grammy Award-winning artist, Taylor Swift, to be released as a beta in limited territories soon.

“The result is a deeply social environment where Taylor and her fans are able to better connect with one another while expressing themselves in an interactive community. We look forward to its worldwide launch later this year.”
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The Swift Life provides a creative, inclusive and community-driven place for users to better connect with each other… and Taylor!


BC’s Digital Technology Supercluster shortlisted for next round of government funding

VANCOUVER, Oct. 12, 2017 /CNW/ – The BC Tech Association is excited to announce that the British Columbia-led Canadian Digital Supercluster consortium has been shortlisted to phase two of the application process for funding through the federal government’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative. The consortium is comprised of technology leaders including TELUS, Microsoft Corp., D-Wave, UrtheCast, Finger Food Studios and PHEMI; leading industry players including Teck, TimberWest, LifeLabs and Avcorp; and six post-secondary institutions including BCIT, Emily Carr, SFU, UBC, UNBC and UVic. This past July, the consortium submitted a proposal to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. With more than 50 national applicants, only nine were selected.

Starting in 2018, the federal government will make investments of up to $950 million over five years to support business-led innovation superclusters that generate real economic impact and industrial benefits for Canada.


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