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Facebook Reportedly Paid For Smear Campaign Against George Soros

In an effort to muffle criticism of how it handled Russian interference and disinformation, Facebook reportedly carried out a campaign to discredit dissenters that included targeted attacks on Jewish billionaire philanthropist George Soros.  A New York Times investigation, published Wednesday, delves into the social media giant’s handling of the controversy and chaos following the discovery of targeted […]

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Bitcoin falls below $5,000

The value of Bitcoin has fallen below $ 5,000 (£3,889) for the first time since October 2017. The fall brought the total value of all Bitcoin in existence to below $ 87bn. On Thursday, 15 November, Bitcoin Cash – an offshoot of Bitcoin – split into two different crypto-currencies, which are now in competition with […]

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Evan Spiegel spends most of his time during boardroom meetings on Snapchat

Getty According to a report by The Information, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel spends much of his time during board meetings tied to his phone and messaging people on Snapchat. When not glued to his screen, Speigel’s boardroom demeanor was “dismissive” to Benchmark partner Mitch Lasky, according to The Information report, who stepped down from Snap’s […]

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Facebook Executive Sheryl Sandberg Calls Explosive NYT Report 'Simply Untrue'

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg weighed in on the recent explosive New York Times article that reported the social network carried out a campaign to discredit those who criticized how it handled Russian interference and disinformation. In a lengthy Facebook post published Thursday night, the “Lean In” author wrote that the Times’ “allegations saying I […]

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Apple CEO Tim Cook on privacy: 'we have to admit when the free market is not working'

APCook has previously called for self-regulation on privacy issues. In an interview with Axios, Tim Cook said that regulation was “inevitable.” On the issue of user privacy, Cook said, “we have to admit when the free market is not working. And it hasn’t worked here.” Previously, Cook urged other tech companies to self-regulate, saying Facebook […]

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A Look Inside the Tactics of Definers, Facebook’s Attack Dog

Supported by A Look Inside the Tactics of Definers, Facebook’s Attack Dog ImageSheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, testifying in September before a Senate committee.CreditCreditEric Thayer for The New York Times By Jack Nicas and Matthew Rosenberg Nov. 15, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — A small firm called Definers Public Affairs brought the dark arts of […]

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Award for wartime flight trainer returned to service

A project to restore early flight simulators has won an award for the best computer conservation project. Engineers from the TechWorks museum in the US won the Tony Sale award for their work to return three simulation machines to working order. One of the contraptions, known as the Blue Box, was used to train thousands […]

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Mark Zuckerberg Defends Facebook as Furor Over Its Tactics Grows

Supported by Mark Zuckerberg Defends Facebook as Furor Over Its Tactics Grows ImageMark Zuckerberg fielded questions from reporters on Thursday about his and Sheryl Sandberg’s management of Facebook.CreditCreditTom Brenner/The New York Times By Cecilia Kang, Matthew Rosenberg and Mike Isaac Nov. 15, 2018 WASHINGTON — On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive and chairman, held […]

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EE and Virgin Media fined £13.3m for overcharging customers

EE and Virgin Media have been fined £13.3m by the telecoms regulator for overcharging customers wanting to leave broadband and phone contracts early. Ofcom said customers were left “out of pocket”. The regulator said around 400,000 EE customers who ended their contracts early were over-billed and paid up to £4.3m too much as a result. […]

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Prince William criticises social media firms

The Duke of Cambridge has accused social media firms of being “on the back foot” when dealing with fake news, privacy issues and cyber-bullying. In a speech given at the BBC, Prince William said social networks had allowed “misinformation and conspiracy to pollute the public sphere”. “Their self-image is so grounded in their positive power […]

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MiSafes' child-tracking smartwatches are 'easy to hack'

Media playback is unsupported on your device A location-tracking smartwatch worn by thousands of children has proven relatively easy to hack. A security researcher found the devices neither encrypted the data they used nor secured each child’s account. As a result, he said, he could track children’s movements, surreptitiously listen in to their activities and […]

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Amazon Announces New Headquarters In Virginia, New York City

SEATTLE ― Amazon today announced that it has selected New York City and Arlington, Virginia, as the locations for the company’s new headquarters. Amazon will invest $ 5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters locations, with more than 25,000 employees each in New York City and Arlington. The new […]