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Fake-news-monetizing machine Facebook lectures hacks on how not to write fake news that made it millions

Stung by accusations that it allowed its platform to be hijacked by Russian propagandists, and facing looming regulatory crackdowns, Facebook has decided to shift the spotlight onto journalists and lecture scribes on how not to write "fake news." The social network this week issued guidelines to deter hacks from gumming up its …
Thomas Claburn, 24 Oct 2017

Is your research hot or not? US boffins create ‘Tinder for preprints’

Boffins have created an app that lets users rate academic preprints and find people with similar academic tastes - and hope to use the results to spot trends in academic publishing. Jeff Leak, associate professor of biostatics at the Johns Hopkins University and a member of the institution’s data science lab, says the app, …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Jun 2017
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Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall

Readers will be aware that these are tough times for the media. And The Register is no exception: like many other publishers we need to diversify our revenue base. So we set a team of developers to find disruptive ways of funding our journalists, pun-generation labs and to ensure our founders' long labours are properly …
Team Register, 1 Apr 2017
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Model's horrific rape case may limit crucial online free speech law

Analysis A terrifying case in which an aspiring model was drugged and raped may result in a limit being placed on a critical piece of online free speech legislation in the US. The unnamed woman was contacted through the website Model Mayhem and offered an audition. That audition turned into a nightmare when two men – Lavont Flanders …
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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

Analyst firm Juniper Research has stared into its crystal ball and predicted that digital publishers stand to lose over $27bn (£18bn) by 2020 due to ad-blocking. Developer activity is set to increase over the next five years making ad-blockers more sophisticated and difficult to overcome, according to the research. The …
Kat Hall, 11 May 2016
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Crack'n'hack stack Phrack's back, Jack!

More than four years since its previous issue, iconic hacker zine Phrack has published a new issue. Phrack issue number 69 contains articles from researchers Aaron Portnoy and Alisa Esage, as well as articles on OS X rootkits and exploiting Ruby on Rails. Other topics include the history of hacker groups, Adobe Flash Player …
Shaun Nichols, 6 May 2016
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Boffins urged to publish in free journals by science sugardaddy

Expensive research journal subscriptions could be on the way out, if the Wellcome Trust has its way. The moneybags UK research foundation has published a report favoring free, so-called open access, journals over those that charge a fee for access. The report reviewed the activities of research institutions that received …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Mar 2016

Ad networks promise to do something about the awful adverts you're all blocking, like, real soon

The Interactive Advertising Bureau – a powerful association of ad networks and marketing types that shift the vast majority of online adverts in the US – has finally noticed all the hate aimed at web advertising. After months and months of malware-laden ads that exploit Adobe's screen-door-of-the-internet Flash, and the …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Oct 2015
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Well, what d'you know: Raising e-book prices doesn't raise sales

Worstall on Wednesday One of the things those within economics think that the subject gets generally correct is microeonomics, which itself is generally a discussion of the price system. There are those who insist that this is all well, true, insisting that since we're not all rational agents, don't have perfect knowledge, then that standard …
Tim Worstall, 9 Sep 2015
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HAHAHA! Go on, HOST YOUR NEWS on FACEBOOK, FOOLS!

Facebook has inked news-hosting deals with nine media outfits, including the BBC and Buzzfeed, in a move to slurp ad revenue from publishers and keep netizens locked into its site for even longer. The Mark Zuckerberg-run company said that its free content ad network would initially offer Apple iOS users of the Facebook app a …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 May 2015
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NetApp: Don’t know about the hybrid cloud? Then you’re a dummy

Comment This storage Vulture confesses to never having understood the appeal of writing books specifically for dummies, for example NetApp's not-very-magnum opus, Hybrid Cloud for Dummies. Maybe it's just US humour and we just don't get it this side of the pond. NetApp dummies hybrid cloud It's a special edition for NetApp and not …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2015
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Amazon buries the hatchet, not Hachette, in ebook price brouhaha

Amazon has made peace with French publishing house Hachette, finally bringing an end to the months-long battle over ebook pricing and publisher royalty payouts. The two companies did not disclose terms of the deal but did acknowledge in a joint statement that Hachette would get the rights to set prices for its books with what …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2014

Google DoubleClick goes TITSUP. ENJOY your AD-FREE WORLD!

Updated Publishers across the web are seeing a huge surge in site load speeds, after Google's DoubleClick ad tech collapsed within the past hour. At time of writing, Google was yet to respond to The Register's request for comment. But its servers have clearly suffered a major meltdown. Readers who don't use ad-blockers because they …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Nov 2014

Amazon wants YOU to LOOK OVER its BOOKS – its slush pile, that is

Amazon wants you to help it figure out what books it should publish and sell on its e-book store. The company said on Monday that its Kindle Scout platform will enlist readers to review excerpts of unpublished books and vote for which ones should be published by Amazon's Kindle Press division. According to the company, any US …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Oct 2014

What price justice? 73 CENTS in book price-gouging case

Amazon has begun offering customers store credit on behalf of publishers who recently settled a price-fixing case. The credit is being distributed to customers as part of a refund program under the terms of a US settlement agreed to by five major e-books publishers. Amazon noted that it was not part of the suit, but was merely …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Mar 2014

Plaintiffs: 'Hey judge! Soak Apple for $840m in ebook price-fixing suit'

Apple may be on the hook for as much as $840m after having been found guilty of ebook price-fixing. The state attorneys general who joined the price-fixing suit along with the US Department of Justice have told the court that not only should Apple be liable for $280m in damages, but that antitrust law says the amount should be …
Rik Myslewski, 3 Feb 2014

Reading this headline? You and 9.47 million others

It's January again: and that means it's time for our annual letter from the Audit Bureau of Circulation, telling us Vultures how we did in our regular November audit of site traffic last year. Without further ado, the scores on the doors: 9,470,181 unique users paid a visit that month, up from 7,326,907 in 2012. That's a climb …
Team Register, 22 Jan 2014
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Nearly a quarter of all books sold in US in 2012 were ebooks

Sales of standalone e-readers might be declining, but ebooks make up a growing portion of sales for US book publishers, according to the latest stats from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), a trade association. The AAP's annual "StatShot" report for 2012, released on Thursday, shows ebook sales accounting for 22.55 …
Neil McAllister, 12 Apr 2013

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