Google Returns to China? Joint KFC Themed Store Opens in Shanghai

How Much of the Internet Is Fake? ; DC Students Owe Nearly Half a Million in Lunch Debt ...and More Picks

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This Chinese language news service reports that Google recently announced “it will cooperate with the fast-food chain KFC to launch the joint-themed theme store. The cooperation program is based on Google's ‘Guessing Little Songs’ program launched on the mainland. The theme store was officially opened at the KFC Manhattan store in Shanghai.” Google has had difficulty providing search services in China and has started and stopped various programs in the past. Photo credit: © SIPA Asia via ZUMA Wire
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How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually. (Gerry)

The author writes, “How much of the internet is fake? Studies generally suggest that, year after year, less than 60 percent of web traffic is human; some years, according to some researchers, a healthy majority of it is bot.”

Eight Federal Judges on Appellate Court Dissent Over Prayer-Ban Ruling (Reader Steve)

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