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Facebook takes context-based approach to fake news problem, Grapple is next

Facebook's playbook of fake news mitigation strategies is beginning to look more like our project at Grapple. The social media behemoth plans to start offering "related stories" alongside news posts beginning this week, allowing readers to see potentially conflicting information on a news story.

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Do you know where you are on the internet?

Per the laws of physics, us humans live in a relativistic world. Is the hill small or large? An answer depends on where the subject of the question is standing in relation to said hill. New information is always colored by some aspect of physical perspective. "Did you hear John is going to quit," one brand of office gossip might go around. "No, where did you hear that," is a natural and common answer to such untested news. 

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Fake news and tech collided in New Orleans. Here's what we learned

My business partner, Alex Vogel, and I were involved in some sort of collision in New Orleans this week. Some 10-ought thousand(s) like-minded entrepreneurs and tech CEOs were crammed into a convention hall. A lot of words were exchanged and traded and reconsidered and mixed and mingled. Investors danced with Alphas. The result was something of a metamorphic knowledge factory, yielding more than a few insights into how Grapple's forthcoming search concept. 

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We're on a collision course with fake news, hit the throttle

Grapple's fake news fact checking software is about to collide with the upper echelons of the tech business. Tuesday beckons Collision Conference, a three day New Orleans exposition featuring startup companies, Fortune 500 CEOs and some of the brightest minds in technology fields ranging from artificial intelligence to big data to social networking. Grapple will be attending the international conference as part of the Alpha entry program, which affords promising startups discounted admission and a suite of services to foster connections with human resources, investors and business partnerships. 

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Does boiling water too long make it toxic? Is this fake news? How does one know?

So you left that tea kettle on the stove a little bit too long the other day. The phone rang. Babies cried. Something happened, and your boiling water sat on the stove a bit too long. But has your overheated teapot turned your water into a toxic brew of fluoride, nitrites and heavy metals? According to several articles circulating the web, a pour from a twice-boiled pot of water could be the physiological equivalent of Satan’s liquor.

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Monday Memo: Will Facebook's fake news tool work? Experts say 'nope'

Social media platforms have made strides in the first three months of the year to develop systems that take aim at fake news and misleading information. They have had plenty of encouragement to that end. Germany's justice minister has threatened social networks with fines for failure to delete or screen what it calls hate content. Given Deutschland's economic prominence (it is the largest consumer market in the European Union), and history of censorship regimes, Facebook has plenty of incentive to heed such a warning.

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Progress: watch a demonstration of our fake news software

As we approach our first venture capital conference, Grapple's fake news finding automated research software is starting to take on a more substantial form. Today, in advance of the StrtupBoost Investment Conference on Thursday, we released the first video demonstration of our software concept (posted below). It's short, at 2 minutes and 30 seconds, but it offers the first one-stop coherent demonstration of how Grapple's API would approach a widely spread fake news article. 

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