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January 10, 2019

IN THE NEWS: FALSE INFORMATION ON FACEBOOK

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spreading false information on Facebook is both new — and old. New, in that it’s been done more frequently now — and old in the sense of who’s doing the sharing. A new study finds people 65 and older as well as ultra conservatives were more likely to have shared false stories on Facebook during the 2016 presidential election than younger people, moderates and super liberals. The study also suggests that relatively few people share false information from debunked sites. It says on average, only 8.5 percent of those studied — or 1 in 12 people — shared bogus stories during the 2016 campaign. The study is in the current issue of the journal Science Advances.

IN THE NEWS: OVERDOSE APP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wondering if someone is suffering from an overdose? There’s an app for that. It’s still in the experimental stage, but the “Second Chance” app is showing promise. Researchers say it appears to be able to detect the early signs of an OD in the critical minutes after a person takes heroin or other illegal drugs. The app beams sound waves to measure breathing — and can summon help if it detects a person has stopped breathing. One issue to tackle: whether drug users would take out their phone and fire up an app before shooting up. Despite that concern, researchers from the University of Washington say the app could be an important tool to help those who haven’t yet been able to obtain addiction treatment.

ON THE WEB: AMAZON CEO DIVORCING

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing. The head of the massive e-commerce site has announced on Twitter that they are splitting after a 25-year marriage. The post says they decided to go their separate ways for good after a trial separation. But they vow they will remain “cherished friends.” Unclear in all of this is how much Bezos must give his ex-wife as part of the divorce settlement. He tops most lists of the world’s wealthiest people — and his fortune currently hovers around $137 billion.

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IN STORES: RING FOR PEEPHOLES

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Ring doorbell — it’s not just for homeowners anymore. Ring has announced it is rolling out a new version of its high-tech device that gives people a look at — and listen to — those who show up at their doors. The new Ring fits into most peepholes, which means it can be used by those who live in apartments or college dorms — where it’s unlikely people could install the original product on or near their doors. The new Ring Door View Cam goes on sale in March and will retail for $199. The product was announced at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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