How Conspiracy Theories Become ‘Truth’ on Facebook

Conspiracy theories, hoaxes and other variants of baloney have become so prevalent and intractable on Facebook that we no longer bother to debunk them. But a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides some insight on exactly how misinformation spreads — with big implications for the fight against it. The paper, titled The spreading of misinformation online, comes from researchers at Boston...

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2016 Will Bring More Innovation to Driverless Cars

News last week that Google and Ford will reportedly collaborate on building a driverless car represents a big move forward in the unfolding evolution of autonomous vehicles. But while 2016 promises to be chock-full of more tech innovation insinuating itself into our daily lives, driverless cars will probably not yet be part of the picture. Apple, Tesla, Google and Nissan are already cranking out prototypes and test-driving autonomous...

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Keurig to Be Sold to Global Coffee Empire

A private equity firm will acquire Keurig Green Mountain in a $13.9 billion deal. The Vermont-headquartered company, which specializes in single-serve coffee machines, announced the deal Monday with an investor group headed by JAB Holding Co. Luxembourg-based JAB already is involved in several major coffee and beverage companies. The private firm holds the controlling stakes in Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Peet’s Coffee & Tea and...

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‘Sunday Valley News’ Named Newspaper of the Year

West Lebanon — The Sunday Valley News was recognized as the 2015 New England Newspaper of the Year by the New England Newspaper & Press Association at its annual awards banquet in Natick, Mass., last month. The press association confers the award based on newspaper circulation, with four awards for Sunday newspapers. The Sunday Valley News won the award among newspapers with a circulation up to 20,000. The runners-up were The...

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Lebanon HVAC Contractor Closes
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Lebanon HVAC Contractor Closes

West Lebanon — One of the Upper Valley’s best-known heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractors filed for bankruptcy Thursday after the contractor’s bank account was frozen as a vendor sought to recover money owed for the purchase of supplies. M.J. Hayward Mechanical/Electrical Services Inc., which has serviced a long list of the area’s businesses, institutions and homes, filed for Chapter 7 relief after showing steadily...

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