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Advertisers Suing Facebook Allege It May Have Committed Fraud on Video Ad Metrics Advertisers Suing Facebook Allege It May Have Committed Fraud on Video Ad Metrics

A group of advertisers suing social-media giant Facebook in California over bungled video metrics now alleges in court filings that the platform failed to disclose data errors in a manner that could “[rise] to the level of fraud and may warrant punitive damages,” according to Ars Technica.

Hey, Did You Know Stephen Hawking Thought There Is No God? Hey, Did You Know Stephen Hawking Thought There Is No God?

In what would be somewhat of a revelation had the late theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking not been one of the world’s most famous atheists—and spoken or written on the topic on numerous occasions—media outlets are playing up that Hawking’s final book Brief Answers to the Big Questions contains the…

Turkish Paper Claims Evidence of Jamal Khashoggi's Murder Was Transmitted by His Apple Watch Turkish Paper Claims Evidence of Jamal Khashoggi's Murder Was Transmitted by His Apple Watch

Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist-in-exile, frequent critic of the ruling House of Saud, and Washington Post columnist, went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Since then, Turkish government officials largely speaking under the cover of anonymity have insisted that Saudi security…

Trump Takes Question From TruNews, a Website That Believes in Satanic Deep State Cannibals Trump Takes Question From TruNews, a Website That Believes in Satanic Deep State Cannibals

On Wednesday, Donald Trump gave a mind-boggling press conference on the accusations of sexual assault facing his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, alternating between rambling thoughts on how a man named “Mr. Pillsbury” had said China has “total respect” for his “very, very large brain” and smearing the women…

FCC Clears Ajit Pai of Wrongdoing in Sinclair's Failed Takeover of Local News FCC Clears Ajit Pai of Wrongdoing in Sinclair's Failed Takeover of Local News

When the Federal Communications Commission was vetting right-wing media conglomerate Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s $3.9 billion proposal to merge with competitor Tribune Media last year, Democrats in the House asked the agency’s inspector general to investigate whether chairman and Donald Trump appointee Ajit Pai was…

Facebook Vigilantes, Ugly Laptops, and Red Tide: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Facebook Vigilantes, Ugly Laptops, and Red Tide: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Read anything interesting in the news lately? No, really. I’m still catching up, because for much of the past week, I was vacationing in lovely Cook Forest, Pennsylvania, during which my access to the internet was limited to whatever stretches of 4G could be obtained amid supply runs to town. This was indeed lovely—an…

Inspiring: Content Marketers Want to Buy Gawker and Make It Nice Inspiring: Content Marketers Want to Buy Gawker and Make It Nice

Gawker Media—Gizmodo’s former parent company which is now in bankruptcy proceedings following a lawsuit secretly funded by Peter Thiel—is up for sale, with a tentative auction date of July 21st. Fantastic news: There’s already a bidder with plans to purchase the site and make it a fountain of good, very…

Elon Musk's Idea of 'Excellent' Journalism Comes From an Alleged Sex Cult Elon Musk's Idea of 'Excellent' Journalism Comes From an Alleged Sex Cult

Elon Musk, in the midst of a crusade against traditional media, offered up an example of an “excellent” analysis that could serve as an example of what good journalism should look like. Just one problem: as Slate pointed out, the publication seems to have ties to a cult.

Turns Out They Invented That 'How You Think You Look Vs. How You Really Look' Meme Back in 1921 Turns Out They Invented That 'How You Think You Look Vs. How You Really Look' Meme Back in 1921

Comedy is hard, and the past was no better. Just look at, say, what 19th-century jerks considered acceptable territory for an April Fools’ Day prank.

Facebook Is Running Ads in Mexican Newspapers Warning About Fake News Facebook Is Running Ads in Mexican Newspapers Warning About Fake News

Facebook is taking a huge amount of heat this week amid mounting scandals over its allegedly reckless handling of user data, vulnerability to propaganda and disinformation efforts, and whether or not its internal response to those issues was mostly concerned with shoving those problems under a rug. The company’s stock…

Sam Nunberg: This Entire Meltdown Is Because I Didn't Want to Manually Search My Email Inbox Sam Nunberg: This Entire Meltdown Is Because I Didn't Want to Manually Search My Email Inbox

Sam Nunberg, formerly an aide on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, launched an hours-long, barely comprehensible tear through the media involving numerous back-to-back TV interviews as well as phone calls to local media on Monday. Nunberg is very upset that special counsel Robert Mueller has issued him grand jury…

National Geographic Just Sent Me a Crystal Healing Water Bottle [Updated] National Geographic Just Sent Me a Crystal Healing Water Bottle [Updated]

Hi, National Geographic, it’s me, Ryan. I got your package today and I guess I’m wondering—why did you send me a pseudoscientific crystal healing water bottle with your name on it?

Parkland Shooting Survivor's Dad Admits Editing CNN Emails Before He Sent Them to Fox News Parkland Shooting Survivor's Dad Admits Editing CNN Emails Before He Sent Them to Fox News

Glenn Haab, the father of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School junior and mass shooting survivor Colton Haab, has admitted that he altered words in an email sent by a CNN producer, ultimately producing the illusion the news network had demanded his son only ask their pre-written questions at a televised forum on guns…

Google's Quest For Dominance Continues With New AMP Formats For Email and News Google's Quest For Dominance Continues With New AMP Formats For Email and News

Google is rolling out a bevy of new open-source Accelerated Mobile Page tools for developers this week, coming in two flavors: AMP for email and AMP Stories. While anyone who reads news online might have already seen AMP articles, these new tools have the potential to shape what people see and do online in Google’s…

Facebook Slowly Realizing It Might Be Ruining Democracy Facebook Slowly Realizing It Might Be Ruining Democracy

If you were even semi-conscious during the last two years, you’ll know that social media can wreak havoc on a functioning democracy. Facebook is finally admitting that it’s part of the problem. Facebook also wants you to believe in an imaginary future, a hypothetical someday when Mark Zuckerberg figures out how to…

The Worst-Reported Science Stories of 2017 The Worst-Reported Science Stories of 2017

It’s really not that hard to write a science news story, I promise. Some new scientific results come out, you talk to a scientist on the phone and ask them what they did, then you ask a few other people who know about the research if the results made sense. It’s a lot like, well, any other reporting.

Drone Pilot Drops 'Anti-Media' Leaflets Over NFL Games, Fails to Send Message Drone Pilot Drops 'Anti-Media' Leaflets Over NFL Games, Fails to Send Message

On Sunday, one man decided to take to the skies with a consumer drone to spread his manifesto over two NFL stadiums in California. He probably would’ve been better off just posting on Reddit.

Bloomberg Is Starting a '24-Hour Social News Network' Based on Twitter Bloomberg Is Starting a '24-Hour Social News Network' Based on Twitter

Twitter has not exactly survived the last few months with a sterling reputation, in between continued controversy over its failure to adequately address rampant harassment, allegations it sold political ads to Russian foreign agents, and most recently news it had verified the account of neo-Nazi Charlottesville…

Angry Sean Hannity Fans Are Smashing Keurigs on Twitter Because 2017 Is Dumb as Heck Angry Sean Hannity Fans Are Smashing Keurigs on Twitter Because 2017 Is Dumb as Heck

Numerous advertisers pulled out from Sean Hannity’s Fox News show this week after Hannity urged his viewers to treat claims Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually molested minors decades ago with entirely too much skepticism. Among them were Realtor.com, 23andMe, and ELOQUII, but most notable was Keurig, which…

Donald Trump Denies Ordering DOJ to Stop AT&T and Time Warner Deal Unless They Sell CNN Donald Trump Denies Ordering DOJ to Stop AT&T and Time Warner Deal Unless They Sell CNN

President Donald Trump denied on Saturday reports that he had ordered the Department of Justice to halt the $85.4 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner unless the combined company sells off Turner Broadcasting, a group of cable channels which includes Trump’s hated arch-enemy CNN.

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