Study: It only takes a few seconds for bots to spread misinformation

Enlarge / Visualization of the spread through social media of an article falsely claiming 3 million illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 presidential election. (credit: Filippo Menczer) Shortly after the 2016 election, newly elected President Donald Trump—peeved at losing the popular vote to Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton—falsely claimed he would have won the popular vote […]

Malibu is in flames as two wildfires spread through southern California — here’s what it looks like on the ground

AP Photo/Reed Saxon Flames are racing along the southern California coastline as firefighters work to contain the fast-moving Woolsey Fire. The blaze has already scorched 14,000 acres on the outskirts of Los Angeles, and the nearby Hill Fire has charred 6,100 acres in Ventura County. They’re just two of thousands of California wildfires recorded this year. […]

Health officials warn that a rare polio-like disease affecting children continues to spread, growing to a suspected 127 cases in 22 states

WSB-TV Acute Flaccid Myelitis, a polio-like illness affecting mostly young children, is spreading across the US. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control said Tuesday the number of confirmed and suspected cases has spiked in the last month, with now up to 127 cases in 22 states. AFM affects the nervous system, causing paralysis that […]

WARNING: Picking your nose can lead to the spread of a life-threatening health condition

Picking your nose may not seem like a big deal to many people, but scientific evidence has now suggested otherwise. Experts have said the act can actually be dangerous and have damaging consequences. According to new research published in the European Respiratory Journal, picking your nose could spread a dangerous bacteria that causes pneumonia. Pneumonia […]

Android WARNING: Malware spread from Google Play Store can SPY on you

Android smartphone users are being warned about a spying strain of malware that was spread via the Google Play Store. Android fans are being warned about the “extremely powerful” Triout spyware that was found on an app listed on the Google Play Store. The Triout malware gathers records of every call a user of the […]

Ajit Pai grilled by lawmakers on why FCC spread “myth” of DDoS attack

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai listens during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in Washington, DC, on June 20, 2017. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) Democratic members of Congress want to know when Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai knew that the FCC’s claims about being hit by a DDoS attack were false. An FCC […]

Fallout from the Turkish lira’s meltdown is starting to spread to markets around the world

Matt Dunham – WPA Pool/Getty Images Global markets are under pressure following the plunge in the Turkish lira late last week. The lira’s fall continued in Asian trade on Monday — it plunged as much as 10% when markets opened. The weakness is starting to spread to other emerging market currencies, with the South African […]