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Happenings This Week

Mon, Jul 8, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Nashville Women Programmers: Storytelling with Code (and living happily ever after) @ Eventbrite Nashville Cummins Station

Tue, Jul 9, 5-7pm. NashCocktail @ Tech Hill Commons

Featured Story

Facebook Takes Steps to Curb Sensational Health Claims

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook and YouTube were filled with "miracle cures" riddled with false medical claims. As a result, Facebook announced they fixed their algorithms to get rid of misleading healthcare information.

Imagine, you're scrolling through Facebook and you find an article claiming baking soda injections can cure cancer. Not great.

On July 2nd, Facebook authored a blog post saying they made two updates to their ranking algorithms last month to limit the appearance of posts with exaggerated health claims.

The health claims are often used as bait to lure users into buying unregulated and unapproved products. YouTube also said it took action by cutting advertising for channels that were pushing fake cancer treatments.

Axios pointed out that Facebook and Big Tech have gotten better at identifying fake posts from bots. Humans, however, are much harder to tame.

Read the full story from Bloomberg here.

Fun Fact

Nike sold MORE USA Women's World Cup jerseys online than it has ANY other soccer jersey in a single season ever.

"Team USA aren't the only ones on a winning streak at the Women's World Cup. Nike has sold more of their home jerseys on its website than it has of any other soccer team's shirt, from Brazil to Barcelona, in a single season in its history."

"The USA Women's home jersey is now the No. 1 soccer jersey, men's or women's, ever sold on in one season," said Nike CEO Mark Parker on the company's earnings call this week.

Read the full story from Markets Insider here.

Great Reads

Budweiser Readies Year's Biggest IPO Globally Seeking $9.8B for Asia Stake from Reuters

Smart Scooter Company Gogoro Launches GoShare, an End-to-End Vehicle-Sharing Platform from TechCrunch

Saudi Aramco to Restart Preparations for Mega IPO from Bloomberg

Tesla Stock Surges After Setting New Delivery and Production Records from CNBC

Deutsche Bank, in a Last-Ditch Effort to Stop Its Spiral, Could Lay Off 20,000 [of 90,000] from The New York Times

Upcoming Events

Tue, Jul 16, 11:30am-1pm. NTC Retail IT Peer Group @ Tech Hill Commons
Wed, Jul 17, 12-1pm. EC Workshop @ Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Thu, Jul 18, NTC Tech Talk @ Tech Hill Commons
Thu, Jul 25, 5:30-7:30pm. Nashville Blockchain Meetup @ WeWork
Thu, Jul 25, 6-8:30pm. Nashville VR Meetup @ Vanderbilt Wond'ry
Wed, Jul 31, 11am-2pm. Nashville Voice Conference @ Thistle Farms
Wed, Jul 31, 4-7pm. Nashville's Startup Shindig @ Nashville Entrepreneur Center

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