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ICYMI Weekly Tech News Highlights March 10, 2017

By boundless Team in · Technology · March 10, 2017

ICMYI Weekly Tech News Highlights is a weekly roundup of relevant technology posts from around the web.

Lithium-Ion Pioneer Introduces New Battery That’s Three Times Better

94 year-old John Goodenough, one of the co-inventors of the lithium-ion battery that now powers everything from phones to Teslas, has developed a new solid-state battery formula that promises to hold three times more energy than li-on. Goodenough and his team also say the new battery, which replaces a liquid electrolyte with glass, would charge quickly, never explode, and perform well at low temperatures that cripple today’s batteries.

Our thoughts: Regardless of the device, we could all use a little bit better battery.

Facebook Launches A New Tool That Combats Fake News

During the presidential campaign late last year, substantial amounts of misleading information in the form of fake news spread about President Donald Trump and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Facebook and Google. Google responded by banning fake news outlets from the AdSense display ad network and by tweaking the Google News algorithm to filter out fake news. And Facebook has just launched a tool that flags fakes news in the News Feed, according to a tweet posted by Gizmodo investigative reporter Anna Merlan..

Our thoughts: Social networks like Facebook and Twitter have become a larger part in how news is spread that many of us ever thought possible.

Uber used an elaborate secret program to hide from government regulators

The Greyball program, which was reportedly approved by Uber’s legal team, remains in use today and is part of a global operation to stop people from, in Uber’s eyes, using its service improperly. That operation is called “violation of terms of service” or VTOS, which addresses everything from competitors looking to disrupt Uber’s operations to law enforcement looking to catch violators of government taxi regulations.
Our Thoughts: This was all to avoid being caught in cities where Uber wasn’t strictly legal.


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