Scrutiny of Facebook ramps up with flurry of new reports based on leaked documents

James Martin/CNET The critical spotlight on Facebook intensified this weekend, as several major media outlets published new reports based on the cache of internal company documents leaked by former Facebook employee Frances Haugen. On Saturday, both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal published stories about misinformation and hate speech on Facebook services in India, … Read more

10 top holiday gifts for moms

Treat Mom to a luxe present this holiday season — you know she deserves it! We’ve rounded up 10 impressive gifts at various price points, so you can pick the perfect present for every type of maternal figure in your life. From luxe pajamas and cashmere to practical boots and a coffee maker, all these … Read more

Nvidia clarifies Megatron-Turing scale claim | ZDNet

You may have noticed that last week, Microsoft and Nvidia announced they had trained “the world’s largest and most powerful generative language model,” known as “Megatron-Turing NLG 530B,” as ZDNet’s Chris Duckett reported.  The model, in this case, is a neural network program based on the “Transformer” approach that has become widely popular in deep … Read more

A tech exec searched for this Hyatt hotel’s fitness center. Soon, he was fit to be tied | ZDNet

Fit for purpose? Screenshot by ZDNet Hope is fighting its way through the dark clouds. more Technically Incorrect A few weeks ago, the US finally loosened travel restrictions on those overseas and vaccinated. United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby claims he can foresee normality blooming by January of next year. So business travel might truly begin … Read more

Facebook resisted changes meant to dial back viral content, report says

Facebook is under more scrutiny because of leaked internal research and documents. Angela Lang/CNET Ahead of the 2020 US presidential election, Facebook executives reportedly resisted efforts to dial back features that help amplify false and inflammatory content because they feared doing so could harm the platform’s usage and growth. The Wall Street Journal, citing leaked internal … Read more

Artificial intelligence sees more funding, but needs more people and better data | ZDNet

The state of artificial intelligence is promising, and it is increasingly ready for real-life enterprises. But there are shortages of talent, lack of diversity in the field, and concerns about the handling the data that fuels ever-more-sophisticated algorithms.  Photo: Joe McKendrick These are some of the observations of Nathan Benaich and Ian Hogarth, prominent investors … Read more

The best Wi-Fi routers for 2021

A quality Wi-Fi connection is awfully nice to have if you’re spending a lot of time working or attending school from home due to the pandemic and have more than one connected device pulling bandwidth at the same time. Wi-Fi 6, which was first introduced a few years ago, is the latest generation of Wi-Fi, and it boasts faster, more … Read more