AP Cyber Corner
IN THE NEWS: YOUTUBE - NEWS STORIES
NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube says it is taking several steps to make sure the news you see on its site is, well, really news. The Google company will give news sources it deems “authoritative” more prominence — especially when news breaks. During times of breaking news, YouTube says it will start showing users short previews of news stories in video search results. The company will also post warnings that stories can change. It’s an attempt to eliminate situations such as the one that arose shortly after the Las Vegas shooting. In the wake of the massacre, there were many stories claiming to “prove” the shooting was a sham, portrayed by “crisis actors,” to push the nation toward gun control measures.
IN THE NEWS: TWITTER ACCOUNT PURGE
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is trying to ease investors’ concerns that a purge of fake and malicious accounts is a good thing. The social networking site has seen its stock prices tumble on the heels of a report from The Washington Post that 70 million accounts were deleted as a result of the purge. Investors were concerned the loss of that many accounts would hurt the company’s financial picture. But Twitter officials note most of the removed accounts have been inactive for 30 days or more — and don’t count in Twitter monthly user numbers.
ON THE WEB: IHOP VS. IHOB
CYBERSPACE (AP) — IHOP has flipped on itself — saying the name change it touted last month was nothing more than a publicity stunt to fire up interest in a new line of hamburgers. The pancake chain changed the last letter in its name from “P″ to “B″ now says it’s back to IHOP — even going so far as to promote a pancake deal tied to the company’s upcoming 60th anniversary.
IHOP site: http://www.ihop.com
IN STORES: UBER - SCOOTER RENTALS
UNDATED (AP) — Ever notice how sidewalks in many cities have become cluttered with abandoned rental bicycles and scooters? Uber is looking to get in on that action. The ride-hailing company has invested in Lime, a California startup. As part of the deal, Uber will add Lime motorized scooters to the Uber app. That will give customers another option for getting around. Adding scooters to the mix can be a boost for those who want to get rides to and from public transit systems. Uber says customers can rent Lime scooters in more than 70 locations in the U.S. and Europe — and leave them parked for the next person to ride.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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