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Google’s search algorithm update unintentionally helps fake news outrank real news

Google’s search algorithm has been changed over the last year to increasingly reward search results based on how likely you are to click on them, multiple sources tell Business Insider.

Murdoch’s purchase of Sky would help shield Fox from declining U.S. ad market

(Reuters) – Twenty-First Century Fox’s plan to buy the remaining stake in Sky further insulates the Murdoch family-owned media company from a U.S.

Anonymous messaging app Yik Yak lays off 60% of employees

The Verge reports that Yik Yak, an anonymous messaging app that swept college campuses in 2014 and 2015, has laid off about 50 workers, leaving only about 20.

How SteamVR games can run on Oculus Touch and Rift

Last week, UploadVR let you know about 10 great SteamVR games that work well with the Rift and Touch by default.

5 pillars of AI innovation over the past 40 years

GUEST: Artificial intelligence came alive in the 80s with many startups, governments, and large enterprises deploying new systems that executed tasks typically performed by human experts.

Chatbots are the next big cybercrime target

GUEST: Chatbots are all the rage these days. And it’s no surprise, as they offer a method of frictionless, natural conversation between a brand and its customers, as well as the ability to improve the customer service experience without the need to augment expensive department staffs.

Here’s how fintech will impact emerging markets in 2017

GUEST: Mobile payments, digital wallets, and other forms of financial technology (fintech) have seen widespread adoption in the West, but fintech has a whole new meaning for the developing world.

How Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana, and Apple Siri will help automate business

GUEST: In the last few years, commercial organizations have relied heavily on immersive technology, effectively transforming operations and even market competition.

Before you invest in a blockchain startup, read this

GUEST: Blockchain startups are disrupting the VC and fundraising landscape with initial coin offerings (ICOs), a new form of investment that allows blockchain-based projects to raise funds by selling cryptocoins to early investors.

Ultrahaptics shows off sense of touch in virtual reality

Ultrahaptics had an interesting demo at the VRX virtual reality conference last week. It used ultrasound technology so that I could feel things in VR using my own fingers.

Why AR will be bigger than VR

GUEST: There’s no doubt that virtual reality, when it’s well executed, can be an emotional and literally awesome experience.

Israeli startups deliver much-needed tech for self-driving cars

GUEST: Israel has no indigenous auto industry, but the country’s startup community is serious about autonomous vehicles and is producing a whole host of technologies to help make self-driving cars ready for market, as the infographic above shows.

Nvidia boasts about sales of 15 million VR-ready PCs — even as PlayStation 4 hits 50 million

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive might offer a superior VR experience to PlayStation VR, but there’s one very big reason the latter is poised to perform better on the market, at least in the short term.

Here’s how polling has to adapt before the next presidential election

GUEST: How did we get it so wrong? All of the fancy data-driven electoral maps and visualizations painted a seemingly objective election forecast.

Apple AirPods still delayed because of technical problems, may not be ready as holiday gifts

It looks like Apple’s wireless earphones won’t be ready for the holiday season. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the technology giant continues to delay the availability of its AirPods, which were announced in September with great fanfare as a companion to the new iPhone 7.

John Glenn wrote Jeff Bezos a letter that he received the day the astronaut died

The night pioneering astronaut John Glenn died, Jeff Bezos received a message from him. Smithsonian Magazine was honoring Bezos, founder of aerospace company Blue Origin, at the American Ingenuity Awardson December 8.

These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week

Happy Friday! This week, tracked 9 technology M&A transactions, one IPO and 46 tech funding deals (totaling €158 million, about $167 million) in Europe, Turkey and Israel.

CIA says Russia intervened to help Trump win White House

(Reuters) – The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S.

‘Silicon Valley’ star T.J. Miller arrested after allegedly slapping Uber driver in argument over Trump

(Reuters) – “Office Christmas Party” actor T.J. Miller was arrested in Los Angeles early on Friday because of an altercation with his Uber driver over President-elect Donald Trump, according to police and media.

VR developers begin sharing some of the ‘hard truths’ of virtual reality’s rough economics

It’s tough to make a virtual reality game, but it is even tougher to make a profitable virtual reality game.