Hashtag Trending – Facebook’s fake news crackdown; Robots deliver pizza now

Dominos will trial self-driving car pizza delivery, Facebook is going to block ads on fake news pages, and the perfect computer to buy for your bike.

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From Facebook, it looks like the job of pizza delivery might soon be obsolete. Dominos and Ford say they are working together on pizza delivery by self-driving cars. Residents in Ann Arbor Michigan will see some pizza orders in a delivered in a Ford Fusion that’s souped-up with radars and a camera. A Ford engineer will be in the car for this early test, but won’t interact with customers. Instead of tipping the driver, pizza eaters will receive a text and then type in a four-digit code to unlock a rear window to grab their ‘za from heated compartment. Ann Arbor residents will receive a phone call from Domino’s to see if they want to participate in the test.

Facebook now blocks ads from pages that spread fake news from technology

And on Reddit, we have news about Facebook. The social network announced that it will no longer allow purveyors of fake news to carry advertising. Pages found to repeatedly be sharing false stories will see its advertising blocked by Facebook. Facebook says that these fake news operations are harmful and make the world “less informed.” It uses third-party services to identify and flag false material. The whole idea here is that if you can’t make money, then there’s no reason to be publishing fake news. Which I guess is sort of the problem that publishers of real news are facing these days.

In Google Trends, Garmin’s new bike computer is on top. The Edge 1030 looks like a small smartphone and it helps cyclists keep track of where they’re going, how well they’re performing, and stay connected. A new feature uses billions of miles of ride data collected with Garmin Connect to show users the most popular bike path chosen in their vicinity. There’s also a rider-to-rider messaging feature that allows cyclists to send pre-written messages to each other. In case of an emergency, it can call for help from personal emergency contacts.

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As a Research Director in the CIO practice at Info-Tech Research Group, Brian focuses on emerging trends, executive leadership strategy, and digital strategy.

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