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Apple has removed the Quartz news app from the Chinese App Store at the request of the Chinese government

What you need to know The Quartz news app has been taken down from the Chinese App Store. China’s government claims the app contains content that is illegal in China. This comes right after Apple was criticized for letting another app return to the store. Apple has reportedly removed the Quartz news app from the …

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All of the reasons why the internet is bad—a breakup letter — Quartz

1. Fall in love with the internet. Receive a free CD-ROM in the mail. Install drivers. Run installer. Launch three-lettered desktop program that will etch deeper into your memory than your own initials. Create an electronic address that is some combination of a nickname, lucky number, song reference, and play on words. Hear that dial-up scratch …

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Schools can fight fake news by teaching kids to think like fact-checkers — Quartz

The photograph shows three malformed daisies, warped as if plucked from a Salvador Dali painting. An accompanying caption claims that the photo was taken near the site of the Fukushima nuclear explosion in Japan, noting, “This is what happens when flowers get nuclear birth defects.” In 2015, 170 American high-school students were asked a simple …

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“Super wolf blood moon” is a media and SEO invention — Quartz

There is no such thing as a “blood moon.” It’s mostly a media invention, driven largely by efforts to get readers to visit news websites—through a tactic known as “search engine optimization”—that likely began thanks to nonsensical apocalyptic “prophecies” promoted by a handful of fringe Christian pastors and writers in 2014. It’s not clear who …

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Reddit’s founders want to redesign the site, but that will destroy it — Quartz

After receiving a $200 million cash infusion, Reddit’s CEO says the site is getting a makeover. Steve Huffman, who co-founded the site in 2005, left, and then rejoined as CEO in 2015 after users revolted against then-chief executive Ellen Pao, said in an interview with Recode that Reddit suffers from “perception debt.” “Reddit feels old,” Huffman …

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