Google plans to get rid of cookies
By Guardian Exclusive
25 January 2020 | 6:48 am
Google wants to make third-party cookies a thing of the past. Google said it plans to phase out support for all third-party cookies in the next Chrome web browser within two years.
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The Oscar winner's slapping of Chris Rock at the Academy Awards has triggered heated debate on social media. Almost everyone agrees, however, that violence is no answer to a poor joke.
Germany's crime rate has fallen for the fifth year in a row, down by nearly 5% in 2021 alone. Still, online crime and the distribution of images of child sex abuse are on the rise.
QOTMII is an app that detects online buzz through an AI system using millions of calculations scanning online media and social media. In the past, it has accurately assessed the outcome of presidential elections in France and the US. French far-right candidate Eric Zemmour used data assembled by QOTMII indicating that he could reach the second round of France's presidential election and presented it to supporters as a favourable poll. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
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