Australia's strawberry needle scare spreads to New Zealand

Australia’s fruit sabotage has spread to neighbouring New Zealand after a punnet of strawberries contaminated with needles was sold in an Auckland supermarket. Originating from a farm in Western Australia, this is the first time a contaminated punnet has surfaced in New Zealand after more than 100 alleged incidents of pins and needles being found […]

Factor-based investing spreads from stocks to bonds

COMPARED with equity investing, bond investing can seem stuck in the dark ages. As hedge funds and asset managers use whizzy algorithms to trade shares automatically, bond-fund managers still often call traders by phone. So when new investing strategies do arise, they make an even bigger splash. “Factor” investing is the latest example. This is […]

Facebook accused of undermining international aid efforts in Burma because it spreads fake news (FB)

REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain Facebook was accused by British politicians of undermining international aid efforts in Burma/Myanmar. That’s because of Facebook’s role in spreading fake news about the persecuted Rohingya group, which has been targeted for ethnic cleansing over the last year. UK MPs said Facebook’s “Free Basics” internet service, which is popular in Burma, was […]

Heartland Tech Weekly: Silicon Valley excess spreads outside the Bay Area

Typically, when a startup goes public after reaching a billion-dollar plus valuation, it’s considered a “win” for that community. But what happens when that billion-dollar company is no longer a unicorn? Earlier this month, Domo, a Utah-based business analytics startup founded by serial entrepreneur Josh James, filed for an IPO. The milestone shoul…Read More

Hillary Clinton is warning Australia to resist China’s creeping influence in Asia before it spreads to the rest of the world

Hillary Clinton warned Australia must stand up to the creeping influence of the Chinese Communist Party before it spreads. Clinton said China wants to extend its influence “first throughout Asia — then, throughout the world.” The former Secretary of State compared China’s “under the radar” efforts to the way Russian actors used covert social media campaigns […]

US acting as ‘ISIS air force’ in Syria, spreads ‘conscious, transparent lie’ – analysts to RT

The massive missile strikes the US and allies conducted against Syria actually benefit terrorist groups, and prevented inspectors from proving if chemical weapons were used in Douma, international analysts told RT. Washington, London, and Paris used last week’s alleged chemical attack in Douma, near Damascus, as the pretext for an early morning missile attack on […]

Days Gone heads to 2019 as Sony spreads out zombie games

Days Gone was one of Sony’s big games coming for the PlayStation 4 this year. But the Japanese company announced Friday that it was delaying the zombie apocalypse game until 2019. Of course, this doesn’t mean that we’re safe. The zombie apocalypse is coming this year, but I’m betting it’s more likely to come in the […]

Fake news spreads 6 times faster on Twitter than the truth, according to a major study on misinformation (TWTR)

Scott Olson/Getty A major MIT study on fake news found misinformation spreads much faster and further than the truth on Twitter. The researchers suggested that people feel a stronger sense of surprise and disgust at fake news, which makes them more likely to share it. The findings make depressing reading as politicians around the world […]