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People older than 65 share the most fake news, a new study finds

Older Americans are disproportionately more likely to share fake news on Facebook, according to a new analysis by researchers at New York and Princeton Universities. Older users shared more fake news than younger ones regardless of education, sex, race, income, or how many links they shared. In fact, age predicted …

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Epic challenges Steam with its own PC game store

The Fortnite maker goes after Valve Contributors: Verge Staff For a long time, Steam was the name in PC gaming, the dominant platform where games were sold. But, thanks in part to the war chest afforded by the Fortnite phenomenon, Epic has launched its own digital game store to provide …

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August adds third-party door locks to its smart home platform

Yale and Emtek, two smart lock companies under the umbrella of the lock conglomerate Assa Abloy, are debuting new smart door locks sporting August’s software. Assa Abloy acquired August back in 2017, but these are the first third-party smart locks that can directly use August’s software without needing external hardware. …

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Why the Ethereum Classic hack is a bad omen for the blockchain

On Saturday, the Coinbase security team noticed something troubling. Someone had made a deep reorganization in the distributed ledger for Ethereum Classic, a smaller spinoff from the Ethereum coin. The attackers had pulled off the cryptocurrency equivalent of writing a bad check. The initial fraud reported by Coinbase on Monday …

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Alienware rolls out its monstrous Area-51m gaming laptop at CES

Dell (DELL) already debuted two new gaming laptops at CES through its Alienware line, but that seems like it was just a preview of the company’s biggest unveiling, the 17-inch Alienware Area-51m. Alienware boasts that the Area-51m is the world’s most powerful gaming laptop, and with the specs it’s packing, …

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It might be time to retire Mark Zuckerberg’s annual personal challenge

Inside Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg’s annual tradition of setting a personal challenge has been viewed as one of the company’s best public-relations opportunities of the year. Long before Facebook was under rigorous scrutiny for the unintended consequences of its growth, the personal challenge afforded Facebook with a chance to spin up …

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Google's Assistant is getting more features to take on Amazon’s Alexa

Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is rolling into CES 2019 with a whole host of announcements about its Google Assistant. Those revelations include new capabilities and partnerships that will further expand the intelligent virtual assistant’s reach and continue to chip away at Amazon (AMZN) Alexa’s position as the market leader. We’re talking about …

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Riding in Daimler’s new semi-autonomous big rig

In 2015, Daimler told the world it was building the world’s first self-driving semi truck. It pulled out all the stops for the big reveal of the prototype, debuting the truck on top of the Hoover Dam in the middle of the night and renting out Las Vegas Motor Speedway …

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