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The online spread of the Christchurch mosque killer's sickening first-person video has divided experts, industry insiders and the broader public into two opposite camps — seeing it as proof that Facebook and YouTube can't police their platforms or as evidence that they won't.
Why it matters: How we define the platforms' struggle to block the New Zealand shooter's video will shape how we respond to the problem, Axios' Scott Rosenberg writes. Either way, Facebook and YouTube don't come off well.
Driving the news:
One widely held view is that Facebook and YouTube are simply too big to monitor and control, even with the legions of human moderators they employ and the AI-driven recognition tools they are beginning to deploy.
Another view holds that Facebook and YouTube have both repeatedly shown their ability to police their vast online estates when given no alternative:
These two scenarios paint two very different pictures of what's going on.
Be smart: Hard as the problem is, people are going to keep pushing the platforms to solve it. And there are plenty of other steps Facebook and YouTube could take.
Go deeper: Read Scott's full story here.
Apple used a press release Monday rather than next week's press event to debut updates to its iPad Mini and iPad Air tablet lines.
Why it matters: Neither product has seen a refresh in some time and the updates mean those looking for an iPad have significantly more choices.
The bottom line: The move makes sense for a couple of reasons.
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Snapchat is planning to launch a new slate of Originals — short, made-for-mobile shows — that appear in the Discover section of the Snapchat app, sources tell Axios' Sara Fischer. The shows will debut at Snap's invite-only Partner Summit on April 4.
Why it matters: Snapchat saw positive results from its first round of Originals, so it's investing more in its own scripted video for mobile.
Be smart: Scripted programming specifically for mobile is hard because it requires studios, actors and production teams to shoot and create video to be viewed vertically, rather than the traditional horizontal orientation of television screens.
Go deeper: Sara has more here.
The TITAN supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, currently one of the most powerful such systems worldwide. Photo: DOE
The Energy Department, Intel and subcontractor Cray yesterday announced an agreement worth more than $500 million to provide Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois with the country's first "exascale" computer system.
Why it matters: When it begins operating in 2021, the new system (called Aurora) will be the most powerful supercomputer in the U.S., Axios' Andrew Freedman reports.
Details: Aurora will have the performance of one "exaFLOP," which is equal to a quintillion floating point computations per second, according to a press release and briefing from Intel. The potential uses for this computer include...
Between the lines: There's a race heating up between the U.S. and China for who has the most powerful supercomputer.
As promised, here are the instructions for our challenges for March Madness.
For the Pro Rata one: