Mark Zuckerberg is worried about sensationalism in news. But Facebook could do more to help.

Until recently, Mark Zuckerberg liked to think of Facebook as a basically innocuous social utility. But that view has taken a beating in recent months, as news shared on Facebook had a huge — and, critics say, pernicious — effect on the presidential election. In an open letter released on Thursday, Zuckerberg grapples with the implications of Facebook’s growing power. “For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting friends and families,” he writes. “With that foundation, our next focus will be developing the social infrastructure for community.” Many of…

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US Health Report: Exercising More, But Mental Health Suffers

How healthy are people in the U.S.? A new federal report shows that although the country has made progress in some areas, such as increasing how much exercise people get and lowering the number of teens who smoke cigarettes, it’s fallen behind in others, particularly in taking care of mental health. The new report, published today (Jan. 11) by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), detailed the country’s progress in meeting a set of 10-year national health goals that were set in 2010 as part of…

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Says Tweet Editing Feature ‘Definitely Needed’ but Implementation Is Complicated

It’s the end of the year and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has now acknowledged that a tweet editing feature is “definitely needed” by the social networking website heading into 2017. Even though Dorsey admitted in his posts on the website that the feature is required, he seems to be unsure about the implementation of the feature at present. Jack Dorsey asked Twitter users on Wednesday, “What’s the most important thing you want to see Twitter improve or create in 2017?” In response to this question, Dorsey received requests for an…

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Mammoth US health bill aims to approve drugs faster, but concerns linger

The US Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on a mammoth health bill that took two years to negotiate and passed through the House as few others do: with broad, bipartisan support. Like many bipartisan works, the $6.2bn 21st Century Cures Act is chock full of compromises. Critics argue it is part of a “deregulatory agenda”, that dilutes high Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards in return for the unrealized promise of biomedical research funding. High-profile liberal senators, such as Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, and some consumer groups,…

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‘Champagne’ lifestyle of fraudster handed nearly £100k to start new forest – but failed to plant SINGLE tree

A self-confessed “entrepreneur, traveller and bon vivant” was handed almost £100,000 to start a new forest – but failed to plant a single tree. Fraudster Pritesh Ladwa described himself as a CEO/director of several companies on Facebook, where he was pictured in glamorous locations around the world. But his Champagne lifestyle came to a sudden halt when he was jailed for more than two years over the scam, Birmingham Mail reported. Pritesh Ladwa’s luxury lifestyle came to an end when he was jailed (Photo: Instagram/insta_prit) The 29-year-old was handed a…

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Food prices steady, but is there a secret behind that?

Food More than two weeks after confiscatory demonetisation sucked cash out from the economy, the food market has remained by and large steady, rather deceptively so. This held true at small retailers and vegetable shops in the cities and towns that Express checked out. There are small differences, but all marginal. The perishable commodities – tomato was a common casualty – did witness a downturn, but mostly due to stock clearance sale in the evenings. But the figures may not tell the full story. This is not stability, insist traders,…

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Poor mental health care is a ‘stain’ on our country. But whose fault is that?

Today’s warning from every former Health Secretary from the past 20 years about inadequate mental health provision raises a number of questions. The first is whether the government really is serious about its pledge to make parity of esteem between physical and mental health a priority. Mental health has become more of a political issue in recent years, which is a good thing: parties now worry about their standing on the issue because society has become better at talking about mental illness, and therefore more people are aware of the…

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Education & training in Europe: investment on the rebound but inclusion remains a challenge

Europe relies on effective education systems to equip young people with the skills they need to build their lives as citizens and develop their professional careers. Schools, universities and vocational education and training institutions are the foundation of growth, jobs, innovation and social cohesion. In its 2016 edition of the Education and Training Monitor published today, the European Commission analyses where the European Union and national systems stand, and shows that Member States face a dual task of ensuring adequate financial investment and offering high quality education to young people from all…

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Muslim thinkers reject triple talaq but wary of govt. move

A group of Muslim artists, intellectuals, writers and poets have issued a statement emphasising the diversity within the Muslim community in India and rejected the validation of triple talaq. At the same time, the group has expressed distrust towards the Central government on the Law Commission’s consultation over a Uniform Civil Code. The signatories to this statement include academicians Prof. S. Irfan Habib, Prof. Ayesha Kidwai, Dr. Gauhar Raza, who is also a poet and filmmaker, Prof. Zoya Hasan and activist Shabnam Hashmi. Opposes AIMPLB stand The statement from “Muslims…

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Reliance Jio Tests Nothing but Commercial Operations: COAI

HIGHLIGHTS COAI said 2.5 million users for Reliance Jio constituted a commercial launch Letter alleged the government, in the process, was also losing revenue It said the data generated by Jio is rivalling the combined traffic of the rest of the operators Existing operators shot off another letter to the government on Monday and said 2.5 million users for Reliance Jio constituted a commercial launch, seeking to counter the company’s claim that it is testing its network now to offer superior quality services later. Under the umbrella of Cellular Operators’…

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