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Late-blooming startups can still thrive

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It seems like startup news is full of overnight success stories and sudden failures, like the scooter rental company that went from zero to a $300 million valuation in months or the blood-testing unicorn that went from billions to nearly naught.

‘Why YouTube’s New Plan to Debunk Conspiracy Videos Won’t Work’

Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein believes YouTube’s plan to combat conspiracy videos with “information cues” is “likely doomed to be almost entirely ineffective.” The kind of viewers who are going to believe these kinds of false conspiracy videos are almost certainly going to say that the associated Wikipedia articles are wrong, that they’re planted lies… Not helping matters at all is that Wikipedia’s reputation for accuracy — never all that good — has been plunging in recent years, sometimes resulting in embarrassing Knowledge Panel errors for Google in search results…

The key to avoiding the contamination…is to minimize their visibility in the YouTube/Google ecosystem in the first place… Not only should they be prevented from ever getting into the trending lists, they should be deranked, demonetized, and excised from the YouTube recommended video system. They should be immediately removed from YouTube entirely if they contain specific attacks against individuals or other violations of the YouTube Terms of Service and/or Community Guidelines. These actions must be taken as rapidly as possible with appropriate due diligence, before these videos are able to do even more damage to innocent parties.

Amid the greatest NCAA basketball upset ever, a Twitter hero emerges

Happy Saturday, everyone! While many things in the world are very bad today, if you were on the Internet last night, you probably caught wind of a pretty cool historic moment in college basketball: UMBC — University of Maryland, Baltimore County — knocked off the overall number one seed in the annual NCAA men’s basketball championship tournament in an absolute landslide.

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How Trump Consultants Exploited The Facebook Data Of Millions

Details of Cambridge’s acquisition and use of Facebook data have surfaced in several accounts since the business began working on the 2016 campaign, setting off a furious debate about the merits of the firm’s so-called psychographic modeling techniques.

Trump campaign-linked data firm Cambirdge Analytica reportedly collected info on 50M Facebook profiles

Facebook said on Thursday it had suspended a data analytics firm associated with the Trump campaign, but may have indeed greatly downplayed the scale of the data that firm actually had access to, according to a new report in The New York Times.

Trump Campaign Data Consultants Cambridge Analytica Took 50 Million Facebook Users’ Data

Cambridge Analytica, a data analysis firm that worked on President Trump’s 2016 campaign, and its related company, Strategic Communications Laboratories, pilfered data on 50 million Facebook users and secretly kept it, according to two reports in The New York Times and The Guardian. The apparent misuse of Facebook data—and the social media giant’s failure to police it—leave both companies with plenty still to answer for.

NCAA Bracket 2018: Updated Schedule and Bold Predictions for the Round of 32

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After watching Maryland-Baltimore County make history, there’s no reason to go conservative on bold predictions for the round of 32. Six double-digits seeds advanced. Among the Cinderella programs, who’s built to reach the Sweet 16?

Aerones makes really big drones for cleaning turbines and saving lives

Enthusiasts will talk your ear off about the potential for drones to take over many of our dirtiest, dullest and most dangerous tasks. But most of the jobs we’ve actually seen drones perform are focused on the camera — from wildlife surveying to monitoring cracks on power plant smokestack.

NCAA Tournament 2018: Updated Bracket Predictions for Weekend Action

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The first weekend of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament offers little time to catch your breath.

Researchers Claim They Can Predict Where Lightning Is Likely To Strike

Long-time Slashdot reader conner_bw shared an article from the CBC: A study by researchers at the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering suggests

it’s possible to predict where lightning will strike and how often

NFL Mock Draft 2018: Full 1st-Round Projections for Nation’s Top Prospects

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What seemed like a predictable free agency for the NFL thanks to the transparent legal-tampering period turned into a league-altering week with major implications for the upcoming 2018 NFL draft.

North Carolina Police Obtained Warrants Demanding All Google Users Near Four Crime Scenes

An anonymous reader quotes the public records reporter from North Carolina TV station WRAL: In at least four investigations last year — cases of murder, sexual battery and even possible arson at the massive downtown fire in March 2017 — Raleigh police used search warrants to demand Google accounts not of specific suspects, but from any mobile devices that veered too close to the scene of a crime, according to a WRAL News review of court records… The demands Raleigh police issued for Google data [in two homicide cases] described a 17-acre area that included both homes and businesses… The account IDs aren’t limited to electronics running Android. The warrant includes any device running location-enabled Google apps, according to Raleigh Police Department spokeswoman Laura Hourigan…

On March 16, 2017, a five-alarm fire ripped through the unfinished Metropolitan apartment building on West Jones Street… About two months later, Raleigh police obtained a search warrant for Google account IDs that showed up near the block of the Metropolitan between 7:30 and 10 p.m. the night of the fire… In addition to anonymized numerical identifiers, the warrant calls on Google to release time stamped location coordinates for every device that passed through the area. Detectives wrote that they’d narrow down that list and send it back to the company, demanding “contextual data points with points of travel outside of the geographical area” during an expanded timeframe. Another review would further cull the list, which police would use to request user names, birth dates and other identifying information of the phones’ owners.

Tottenham Transfer News: Contract Talks Reportedly Planned for Heung-Min Son

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Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to begin talks over a new contract featuring improved terms for Heung-Min Son.

50M Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach

The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump’s election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in the tech giant’s biggest ever data breach, and used them to build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box.

XOXO is back!

XOXO is the much-loved culture and tech conference in Portland, organized by Andy Baio and Andy McMillan; they took 2017 off and would not confirm when or if the conference would be back, but a year later, it’s back!