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RUSSELL WANGERSKY: Never mind media funding, stop the unfair advantage

WT24 Desk It was a bad idea in the first place, but that hasn’t stopped it from trundling along, according to Journal Pioneer. Now, the federal government has moved towards setting up a panel to decide who the “worthies” are: who will get funding from the government’s five-year $595-million fund to help independent journalism. (I’ve touched on this in columns ...

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Facebook plans to launch ‘GlobalCoin’ cryptocurrency in 2020

Mark Zuckerberg met governor of Bank of England last month to discuss decision WT24 Desk Facebook is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency in early 2020, allowing users to make digital payments in a dozen countries, The Guardian reports. The currency, dubbed GlobalCoin, would enable Facebook’s 2.4 billion monthly users to change dollars and other international currencies into its digital ...

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Media server Serviio 2.0 adds multi-user streaming

WT24 Desk When we think about streaming a movie, our first thought is Apple iTunes, Netflix or Amazon Prime. We rush to sign up to these services, pay our monthly fee, and then search through old movies to keep ourselves entertained on a rainy public holiday, according to betanews. But what did you do with all those old DVDs you ...

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Far-right Facebook groups ‘spreading hate to millions in Europe’

Avaaz uncovers 500 accounts using fake news to spread white supremacy message WT24 Desk A web of far-right Facebook accounts spreading fake news and hate speech to millions of people across Europe has been uncovered by the campaign group Avaaz, The Guardian reports. Facebook, which is struggling to clean up the platform and salvage its reputation, has already taken down accounts with ...

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Facebook adds maps to help fight disease outbreak

WT24 Desk In a bid to fight disease outbreaks, Facebook has built new maps that can help its health partners better understand where people live, how they are moving and whether they have connectivity, IANS reports.“All of these maps, when combined with information from health systems, can improve the way organisations deliver supplies and respond to outbreaks,” Laura McGorman and ...

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SC to clarify its directives to media

Minister tells over news on sub-judice matter WT24 Desk The Supreme Court will clarify its instructions restraining the media from reporting sub-judice cases, Law Minister Anisul Huq has said, Agencies report “Hopefully, the Supreme Court Secretariat will soon come up with explanations,” he told reporters after emerging from a meeting with Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on Monday. The Supreme ...

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Chinese state media hits out at ‘fabricated’ tech claims

China announced this week it would retaliate against a move by Washington to raise tariffs on USD 200 billion of Chinese imports. WT24 Desk The United States has “fabricated” accusations that China forces firms to hand over technology in exchange for market access, China’s top Communist Party newspaper said on Saturday, the latest salvo in a bitter trade war, Reuters ...

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Work underway to discipline online media: Info Minister

WT24 Desk Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Saturday said the government is working to bring online media under discipline and sought cooperation from journalist unions and press clubs to this end, UNB reports. “One opens an online portal and gives cards to five others…this can’t happen. Online media should be brought under discipline and work also began in this ...

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Contempt of court review to look at use of social media after George Pell case

Victoria is looking at its laws after a suppression order in the trial of Cardinal Pell was broken WT24 Desk A review of contempt of court laws in Victoria will consider whether jurors and court officers need to be educated about social media, and whether messages about court proceedings sent to groups through private messages on social media should be considered ...

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White House launches social media survey to collect Conservative tears

WT24 Desk The Trump administration on Wednesday launched launched a new tool where pissed off Conservatives can whine about social media bias. So long as they’re legal citizens, anyway, The Insider reports. For Conservatives like Trump, a man who rose to prominence on the backs of the social networks he’s now convinced are out to get him, the argument isn’t a ...

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