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Apple and Oprah are ready for battle

By Chris Schulz* Opinion – “There has never been a moment quite like this one,” declared Oprah Winfrey. Oprah Winfrey at the Steve Jobs Theatre during the announcement of Apple’s new streaming service. Photo: AP As eyes welled up and chins rested on fists, the cultural icon discussed “positive change” and “common goals,” mentioned “illuminating […]

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Christchurch mosque attacks: How to regulate social media

By Paul Brislen* Opinion – Calls for social media to be regulated have escalated following their failure to act decisively in the public interest during the terror attacks in Christchurch. Photo: AP The cry has been growing ever louder over the past few years. We have seen Facebook refuse to attend UK parliamentary sessions to […]

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YouTube algorithm drives audience to divisive, extreme content – programmer

YouTube knew its algorithm pushed viewers towards divisive and extreme content, a former programmer for the tech giant says. Until 2013, Guillaume Chaslot was one those responsible for designing the algorithms at YouTube, which he says encourages the most extreme and divisive content because that is what drives the most traffic. Photo: AFP YouTube fired Chalsot in […]

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How media plan to cover the accused Christchurch shooter’s trial

Media outlets have begun discussions on how best to cover the court case of the accused Christchurch terrorist without giving him a platform for propaganda. The accused in court Photo: NZME Brenton Tarrant, 28, faces one charge of murder over Friday’s massacre, but police have said further charges will be laid. Over the weekend, the […]

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Facebook blames server tweak for blackout issues

Facebook has said that a “server configuration change” was to blame for the worst outage in its history. Photo: 123RF It said it had “triggered a cascading series of issues” for its platforms, including WhatsApp and Instagram. The disruption, which lasted for more than 14 hours, left most of its products inaccessible around the globe. […]

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Facebook sues over data-grabbing quizzes

Malicious quiz apps were used to harvest thousands of users’ profile data, Facebook says. Photo: Photo / AFP The firm said anyone who wanted to take the quizzes was asked to install browser extensions, which then lifted data ranging from names and profile pictures to private lists of friends. These were installed about 63,000 times […]

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Jackson off the air in NZ shows power of social media

While TVNZ was clearing out four hours of prime time to air a heavily-hyped documentary about Michael Jackson’s alleged crimes against children, radio networks here quietly eased his music off the air. It shows the power of social media to spread and shape opinion across borders.  The Times of India reports New Zealand radio becoming Michael […]

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RNZ improves breaking news alerts with update

RNZ is releasing new features on our website and app that will improve the way we alert people to breaking news. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King The changes mean that no matter how you receive our alerts – via app push notifications, our red website banner, or on Twitter – the alert will now direct […]

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Google’s 360-degree view of Waikato River goes online

Google Street View today launched the first online 360-degree view of a New Zealand river. Waikato River as seen on Google Street Trekker. Photo: Supplied / Google The Google Street Trekker travelled the length of New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato, using 15 cameras taking photos every two-and-a-half seconds. See the new view of the […]

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Collapse of building company Arrow taking toll on contractors

Developers are scrambling to keep big projects on track with leading builder Arrow International in strife and subcontractors abandoning its construction sites. Wellington’s Dixon Street apartments, an Arrow International building project. Photo: RNZ / Phil Pennington The Christchurch headquartered construction company, which employs 250 people, is in voluntary administration. Subcontractors yesterday took their tools and […]