App to Track and Verify News Content


Emergent - App to Track and Verify News Content The Emergent app works by combing through social media and news websites using a variety of feeds, alerts and filters, and then enter claims that need debunking into the database and assign a “truthiness” rating that marks each report as supporting the claim, debunking it or simply repeating it.

An algorithm then takes over, and watches the URLs of the stories or posts entered into the database to see whether the content has been changed (updated with a correction or some evidence that suggests it’s true or false). If there’s enough evidence, the status of the claim is changed, but that decision is always made by a human.

Plato on-line

news.discovery-dnews-files-2014-10-emergent-info-141007-670-jpg‘Emergent is a real-time rumor tracker. It’s part of a research project with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University that focuses on how unverified information and rumor are reported in the media. It aims to develop and best practices for debunking misinformation.

‘Have a rumor we should be tracking? A source we should add to an existing story? Feedback to share? Email us.

‘You can view a list of rumors being tracked on the homepage, along with their current claim state (True, False, Unverified). Click on a story to visit a page that visualizes the sources reporting the rumor, and a breakdown of social shares per source. You can also click on individual articles on the story page to see specific revision and social share data about that article…’

For more detail about how Emergent works, check out the posts on our blog.

Here are 2…

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How To Stop the Spread of Ebola


Q&A at TEDGlobal 2014How do we stop the spread of Ebola?

Chikwe Ihekweazu speaks at TEDGlobal 2014The cycle of anxiety keeps the outbreak spreading, because people stay home and infect their loved ones.What we can do to stop the Ebola virus:
1) Can we get the scientific overview of what Ebola is and how it makes people sick?
2) At this late stage, can the world get this under control?
3) What can people do to help?
People support governments that are giving resources to fight this epidemic. People can also donate money directly to Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors without Borders. “They know what to do — they’ve done it for years,” he says.

Brands of Today – Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Apple, Samsung & EasyJet


I’ve read about this today on a great (and proud) portuguese online business/marketing journal/newsfeed/press, “Imagens de Marca“.

And if Coca-Cola and Pepsi were less caloric?
Due to high rates of obesity in the American continent, some leading brands in the beverage industry, including Coca-Cola and Pepsi want to reduce the calories of their products, advances the Direct Marketing. The same source ensures that this initiative is driven by the American Beverage Association, an organization that aims to reach 2025 with a lower calorie intake per person 20%. According to Yahoo, these brands of soft drinks now aim to educate their consumers, so will bet a new communication and packaging.

In Europe, meanwhile, the Samsung is the topic that generates buzz this morning. It seems that South Korean brand announced, according to the Direct Marketing, which will stop selling laptops in the European market. This is a new strategy of Samsung, which is intended to align demand with supply, and you want to bet on the growth of sales of tablets. According to the same site, the decision is only temporary and does not necessarily have to be reflected in other markets. To the same source assures, Sony and Toshiba also followed the same steps some time ago. The brand sold its first unit and the second portable Vaio announced that he was going to focus its work in selling computers to businesses, rather than developing home computers.

Even with regard to the technological area, Apple is also being highlighted by the press, but not for the best reasons. According to Mashable, the update iOS8 that the brand launched for the iPhone is full of bugs and was canceled. Several complaints from users were presented throughout the week and to the same site Vanca, all are confirmed.

On Portugal, there is one more airline to fill the newspapers besides TAP. According to the Observer, Easyjet wants to start selling tickets to Ponta Delgada, Azores, starting in October. The low cost company wants to start flying to the Island from March 2015 and ensures that the time begins to be scarce, advances the same source. The idea of Easyjet undergoes transpose the Azores what is already being done in Madeira, ranging from transporting passengers across Europe to Lisbon and you can avail affordable to visit the islands.

Original Source – Imagens de Marca (25 de Setembro de 2014)

7 Things Learned From Watching TEDxCERN


1) Water is weird.
2) Thanks to a particle detector mounted on the International Space Station, scientists are keeping tabs on a lot of cosmic rays.
3) A surprising threat to the rainforest? Noise.
4) The future of antibiotics may lie in silver nanoparticles.
5) Cardiovascular medicine is becoming easier to get (in Cameroon).
6) We owe our lives to aerosol particles.
7) Despite what it may seem at times, we are living in a hugely exciting moment.

Read more about each thing at: 7 things learned from a day spent watching TEDxCERN

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Wednesday marked the second-ever TEDxCERN, the event organized by the folks at CERN, the famed particle physics research center in Geneva, Switzerland, responsible for bringing us the World Wide Web, the Large Hadron Collider, and confirmation of the existence of the Higgs boson. You know, just a few minor things.

TEDxCERN brought together a mix of experts from across the sciences and the world, people all working to answer the question: “What are the big ideas in science that will help us address tomorrow’s major global problems?” Particle physicist (and three-time TED speaker) Brian Cox served as quippy host, while more than a thousand attendees watched live in CERN’s Globe of Science and Innovation.

If you weren’t one of the lucky thousand, or were too swamped with work to catch the live webcast, don’t despair. We watched for you. And created a list of things we…

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