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Christian Science Monitor | Innovation



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Could Apple drones take on Google Maps?

The craft will record changes to road conditions and track construction areas, providing on-the-fly travel updates to users.

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How Facebook could fight fake news with curated articles

Facebook is ramping up its efforts to serve as a news source for its users by developing a tool that highlights news stories from established sources rather than fake news sites. 

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Apple drops hints about its autonomous car development

In an open letter, Apple encouraged the government to level the autonomous car playing field between 'new entrants' and 'established manufacturers' – in a way that would allow Apple to continue its own secretive research and development.

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'Driver mode': An answer to distracted driver fatalities?

Crashes caused by distracted driving spiked in 2015. The Department of Transportation hopes a distraction-limiting 'driver mode' for cellphones may provide part of the solution.

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Why did Twitter buy little-known start up Yes, Inc.?

Keith Coleman, not much of a Twitter user himself, will take on the increasingly difficult task of creating new products and reigniting the platform's user growth.

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Netflix announces downloading: how much will it change the industry?

The content streaming company will now allow users to download select shows and watch them offline. How does this change the game?

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'Just a bunch of people'? Apple seeks to define corporate values

Apple CEO Tim Cook says corporations need values, and he's an advocate of various causes. But values can also create controversy, as the divisive election season showed. How can companies formulate value systems that work for all their employees?

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Confusion about job creation is obscuring America's productivity crisis

Illogical thinking about jobs – and the misguided policies that stem from it – stand in the way of focusing on America's most pressing economic problem: our slowest-ever growth in productivity. 

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Google Doodle: Why should we know about Jagadish Chandra Bose?

The Indian Renaissance man, a father of wireless communication and Bengali science fiction, also taught us that plants have feelings. 

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Uber in court: Is it a digital service, or an unlicensed taxi company?

A case the European Union's highest court heard arguments for on Tuesday centers on whether Uber and other companies in the sharing economy are digital services, or real-life service providers that must face real-life regulations. 

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Britain's internet history law: A new frontier of surveillance?

After months of debate, the British Parliament has passed a controversial law that gives authorities – from police to food regulators, fire officials, and tax inspectors – powers to look at the internet browsing records of everyone in the country. 

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Weekend of free rides follows ransomware attack on Bay Area transit

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is the latest of several institutions to experienced a ransomware attack on computer systems.

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What does Reddit CEO's editing 'joke' mean for free speech on the site?

Many are calling for Reddit CEO Steve Huffman’s resignation after he secretly altered abusive posts on the site, saying that he violated the core free speech principles of the site and its users' trust.

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Japan announces plans for world's fastest supercomputer

The Artificial Intelligence Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (AIBC) will run at over 130 petaflops, far faster than the current record holder. 

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Can Google make the Internet of Things more secure?

Google and other tech giants have come together to create a list of recommendations for IoT manufacturers to make the items more secure.

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What is Facebook willing to do to get into China?

Facebook is reported to have created a tool to allow a third party to censor its content – with an eye to finding a way into the Chinese market.

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Many teens can't tell real news from fake, study finds

A study conducted by a Stanford Graduate School of Education professor found that 82 percent of middle school students, despite their fluency on social media, could not distinguish between ad-sponsored content and a real news story.

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Democrats would do well to focus on economic growth, not redistribution

To win back Trump voters, Democrats should jettison so-called middle-out economics, and instead embrace a philosophy of growth.

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Why Facebook calls Aquila drone test flight a success – despite crashing

Facebook's Aquila drone – one of the enormous drones with which the company plans to connect to the world – had a successful test flight before experiencing 'structural failure.'

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Half the globe is now online: How to connect the other half?

A UN report reveals that 47 percent of humanity will have internet access by the end of next year, but most of the developing world remains offline. 

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