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OpenStreetMap debuts Google Street View alternative
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Facebook’s latest algorithm change the news feed

OpenStreetMap debuts Google Street View alternative

OpenStreetMap (OSM) has launched an effort to build an open-source version of Google Street View, called (not surprisingly) OpenStreetView. The hope is to use crowdsourcing to generate street-level photography for OSM on a global basis.

To do this, OSM supporter Telenav has built Android and iOS apps for those who want to capture images for upload while driving. There’s some technical complexity to recording and uploading images. Thus it’s really not accessible to general users; the project is for “mappers” and mapping enthusiasts.

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Facebook’s latest algorithm change the news feed

This time, Facebook is adding a new signal to its algorithm to show people more “informative” stories. What does that mean? It sounds like it means cooking videos over cat videos, newsy articles over fluffy listicles.

“This could be a news article on a current event, a story about your favorite celebrity, a piece of local news, a review of an upcoming movie, a recipe or anything that informs you,” according to acompany blog post Facebook published on Thursday announcing the change. The blog post goes on to say that “Informative stories are therefore different for each person and will likely change over time.” Helpful!

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