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Mark Zuckerberg personally made the decision that Facebook will keep running political ads, even though the ads were weaponized in 2016 (FB)

As the US gears up for its next presidential election in 2020, citizens can expect to keep seeing political ads on Facebook.  Internally the company is dealing with the fallout from reports that its platforms were used to manipulate voters in elections around the world. The latest big change is that Facebook will no longer pay commissions to sales people for selling political ads. But political advertising is a multibillion business, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself decided that Facebook should...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Russia, Digital, US, Trends, Dublin, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Journal, WSJ, Clinton, Trump, Menlo Park California, Brad Parscale


A Buchla synth repair turned into an LSD trip, and made the evening news

It seems the legends are true – there really was LSD added to vintage synths. A Bay Area, California Buchla 100 reportedly triggered an acid trip decades later. The equipment in question is a Buchla Model 100, 1960s vintage – the modular that defined what now some people call the “West Coast synthesis” style. I learned on one of these, too, though don’t recall any particular hallucinations. The report comes from a local CBS television affiliate in San Francisco, KPIX, and their broadcast o...
Tags: Music, TV, Congress, Drugs, Russia, US, San-francisco, Tech, History, Gear, Stories, Cbs, University Of Chicago, West Coast, East Coast, Grateful Dead


Here's how much an iPhone XS costs in 25 different countries

Deutsche Bank released its annual " Mapping the World's Prices " report earlier this month. The bank analyzed how much the prices of an iPhone XS varies across the globe.  The popular smartphone costs the most in Brazil, Turkey, and Argentina. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If you're planning a trip to Rio next month, keep your phone safe — or it'll cost you. Deutsche Bank released its annual " Mapping the World's Prices " report, which breaks down cost differences...
Tags: Apple, Sweden, Greece, Mexico, France, Russia, India, Nigeria, US, America, Trends, Spain, Turkey, Czech Republic, Austria, Egypt


Russia's Anti-5G Propaganda Campaign Is Spreading Across Social Media

An anonymous reader quotes Fierce Wireless: Earlier this week, the New York Times published a story with the headline "Your 5G Phone Won't Hurt You. But Russia Wants You to Think Otherwise." [Non-paywalled MSN version here.] The story outlined how RT, the Russia-backed and U.S.-based television network, has been peddling 5G cancer fear-mongering stories, making claims that 5G causes brain cancer, infertility, autism, Alzheimer's and other health disorders. The Times reports RT has run seven suc...
Tags: Russia, America, Tech, New York Times, The Times, Moscow, Kremlin, Times, VentureBeat, Facebook YouTube, RT, Spreading Across Social Media, Humanity The Times, Anna Belkina


America can’t ignore the economic threat of a rising China

In the aftermath of the Communist victory in the late 1940s, the question often asked in Washington was: “Who lost China?” That fueled the McCarthyite inquisition that followed. The question our children might ask is: “Who lost America?” The long-running side-show around Russian “collusion” focused on the nasty but largely inconsequential ties between some of Donald Trump’s more sleazy aides and their equally disreputable Russian or Ukrainian counterparts. Yet, compared to China, Russia represen...
Tags: Apple, South Korea, California, Opinion, Washington, Mexico, China, Russia, America, Sport, European Union, Joe Biden, Beijing, Atlantic, Soccer, Gop


Europol, DOJ announce the takedown of the GozNym banking malware

Europol and the U.S. Justice Department, with help from six other countries, have disrupted and dismantled the GozNym malware, which they say stole more than $100 million from bank accounts since it first emerged. In a press conference in The Hague, prosecutors said 10 defendants in five countries are accused of using the malware to steal money from more than 41,000 victims, mostly businesses and financial institutions. Five defendants were arrested in Moldova, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia. ...
Tags: Security, Germany, Russia, Tech, Georgia, Banking, Malware, Hack, Fbi, Canada, United States, Poland, Justice Department, Europol, Web Browser, Triton


Firms That Promised High-Tech Ransomware Solutions Almost Always Just Pay the Hackers

As ransomware attacks crippled businesses and law enforcement agencies, two U.S. data recovery firms claimed to offer an ethical way out. Instead, they typically paid the ransom and charged victims extra. From a report: Proven Data promised to help ransomware victims by unlocking their data with the "latest technology," according to company emails and former clients. Instead, it obtained decryption tools from cyberattackers by paying ransoms, according to Storfer and an FBI affidavit obtained b...
Tags: Florida, Russia, Tech, Iran, Fbi, Proven Data, Storfer, ProPublica Another U S, MonsterCloud


EV startup Rimac scores $90M investment from Hyundai and Kia

Rimac Automobili, the European EV startup that landed an investment from Porsche last year, has again gained the backing of traditional automakers after Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors jointly invested €80 million, or around $90 million. Beyond the significant cash infusion, the three parties said the deal includes “a strategic partnership to collaborate on the development of high-performance electric vehicles.” In other words, Hyundai and Kia — both of which fall under the ownership of ...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Uber, Russia, Southeast Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Automotive, Porsche, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Croatia, Fuel Cell, Hyundai, Kia


Saudi Ships Attacked – Brain Scans Reveal A Pokemon Region on NH Today WGIR-AM: [05/13/2019]

Saudi Ships Attacked – Brain Scans Reveal A Pokemon Region on NH Today WGIR-AM: [05/13/2019] document.createElement('audio'); http://traffic.libsyn.com/cptt/2019-00-00-AS_HEARD-2019-05-13-wgir-saudi_ships_attacked-brain_scans_reveal_a_pokemon_region.mp3 DOWNLOAD TRANSCRIPT Subscribe to iTunes ...
Tags: Apple, Technology, North Korea, Mexico, China, Russia, US, Sem, Brain, Middle East, Pokemon, Venezuela, Jack, Nicolás Maduro, Central America, Craig


SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is having trouble — and that’s okay

We may be poised on the precipice of a new era of spaceflight, but leaping prematurely off it would be a costly mistake — which is why the delays and failures of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, the new spacecraft that will likely be soonest to take humans to space, are a matter for concern but not worry. In space, you expect the unexpected. The sudden explosion of a Crew Dragon test capsule is frightening and frankly embarrassing to a company so heavily focused on an image of futurity and reliability. ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Opinion, Russia, Tech, Nasa, International Space Station, Iss, Boeing, Spacecraft, Commercial Crew Program, Crew Dragon, PSI, Commercial Crew


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Ride-hailing firm Uber went public on Friday, raising $8.1 billion after pricing its IPO at the low end of its range. First day trading didn't go especially well, with the shares closing 8% below its IPO price. Emil Michael, a former high-ranking executive at Uber, told CNBC that Uber's first day was a disappointment because investors do not properly understand how valuable the company is. He said that the company's work on auto...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Uber, Mark Zuckerberg, Russia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, New York Times, Reddit, Emil Michael, Kremlin, Chris Hughes, Cnbc, Alexa, Musk


Kamala Harris says 'we need to seriously take a look' at breaking up Facebook

Sen. Kamala Harris of California told CNN on Sunday she wants to "seriously take a look" at breaking up Facebook. She called the social media network "essentially a utility that has gone unregulated." Her remarks come shortly after one of Facebook's co-founders wrote in a New York Times op-ed that the company should be splintered, and that CEO Mark Zuckerberg's power is "unprecedented and dangerous." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sen. Kamala Harris of California told CNN...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, California, Russia, Elizabeth Warren, Trends, Cnn, New York Times, New Jersey, Donald Trump, Abc News, Chris Hughes, Booker, Kamala Harris


Russian Tuning Specialists Put Tank Treads On A Bentley To Create “Bentley Ultratank”

The tuning specialists from the popular Russian YouTube channel AcademeG have taken a Bentley Continental GT coupe and removed the doors while replacing the wheels with tank-like tracks. They dubbed their creation “Ultratank.” Actually, the modifications go well beyond what we can see. The frame was completely reworked and a solid axle was mounted in the rear to power the tracks via an automatic...
Tags: Design, Technology, Russia, Luxury, Bentley, Tuning, AcademeG, Ultratank


Reasons to visit Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi is the colorful capital of Georgia, a country at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. After facing many invasions, from the Ottoman Empire to Russia, Georgia finally gained its independence in 1991 with the breakup of the Soviet Union. Its tumultuous history and mix of cultures make Tbilisi an eclectic, multicultural, and modern city. Unknown to many travelers, it’s slowly becoming a hot destination, so it’s only a matter of time before the crowds descend like they once did on Croatia, ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Asia, Europe, Russia, Georgia, Croatia, Ussr, Tbilisi, Balkans, All, Old Town, Soviet Union, Ferris, Tbilisi Georgia, Ottoman Empire


How AI can improve products for people with impaired speech

Most aspects of life involve communicating with others—and being understood by those people as well. Many of us take this understanding for granted, but you can imagine the extreme difficulty and frustration you’d feel if people couldn’t easily understand the way you talk or express yourself. That’s the reality for millions of people living with speech impairments caused by neurologic conditions such as stroke, ALS, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injuries and Parkinson's.To help solve this ...
Tags: Google, Russia, Accessibility, Ai, Parkinson, Dimitri, Google Home, Fernando Vieira, Dimitri Kanevsky, ALS Therapy Development Institute ALS TDI, ALS Residence Initiative ALSRI, Maeve McNally, Steve Saling


Russia tightens grip on its national net

What people do online will come under closer government scrutiny as the law is passed in Russia.
Tags: Russia, Tech


Don’t Be Like These Guys – 14 Massive Hacks and Malware Attacks & What Happened Next

Have you ever been hacked? Be honest. You can admit it. Almost all of us have, at one point or another, received the bad news: our email, or bank account, or credit card, or personal website have been compromised, and there’s nothing we can do about it. Not all hacks cause immediate, acute harm. Many have no apparent impact at all. Your payment card information has probably been compromised a half-dozen times or more, thanks to blockbuster hacks like the Target and Home Depot compromises e...
Tags: South Korea, Technology, Microsoft, Russia, India, Sales, Iran, Ukraine, Malware, Bitcoin, Britain, National Health Service, Brian Krebs, Siemens, Sony Pictures, Stuxnet


Putin Signs Law To Create an Independent Russian Internet

Russia is one step closer to creating its own, independent internet -- at least legally speaking. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law new measures that would enable the creation of a national network, able to operate separately from the rest of the world, according to documents posted on a government portal this week. From a report: For now, the network remains largely theoretical though, with few practical details disclosed. In concept, the new law aims to protect Russia from f...
Tags: Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Tech, Kremlin, RIA Novosti, Roskomnadzor Russia


‘Denial of service’ attack disrupted US energy company operations, government confirms

A denial-of-service attack launched against an energy company providing power in several western U.S. states was enough to report “interruptions of electrical system operations” to the government’s energy authority. The “cyber event” lasted almost 10 hours on March 5, according to an electric emergency and disturbance report filed with the Department of Energy by the affected company. E&E News first reported the “cyber event” last week. It was later reported as a denial-of-service attack, a comm...
Tags: Security, Energy, Utah, California, Government, Russia, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Spokesperson, Ukraine, Cybercrime, Cyberattack, Wyoming, Venezuela, DOE


DDoS attack disrupted US energy company operations, government confirms

A distributed denial-of-service attack launched against an energy company providing power in several western U.S. states was enough to report “interruptions of electrical system operations” to the government’s energy authority. The “cyber event” lasted almost ten hours on March 5, according to an electric emergency and disturbance report filed with the Department of Energy by the affected company. E&E News first reported the “cyber event” last week. It was later reported as a DDoS attack. In an ...
Tags: Security, Energy, Utah, California, Government, Russia, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Spokesperson, Ukraine, Cybercrime, Cyberattack, Wyoming, Venezuela, DOE


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Googlers staged a big "sit-in" because they say the company retaliated against the organizers of November's sexual harassment walkouts. In New York, there were reportedly more than 200 Google employees who took part in the demonstration, reading and listening to instances of retaliation. Facebook could be strong-armed into hiring a federally-approved privacy boss under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, Politico r...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Vladimir Putin, Russia, New York City, Samsung, Trends, Tesla, Canada, Andreessen Horowitz, Bob Muglia, Alexa, Juno


Mysterious Hacker Has Been Selling Windows 0-Days To APT Groups For Three Years

For the past three years, a mysterious hacker has been selling Windows zero-days to at least three cyber-espionage groups, as well as cyber-crime gangs, researchers from Kaspersky Lab have told ZDNet. From a report: The hacker's activity reinforces recent assessments that some government-backed cyber-espionage groups -- also known as APTs (advanced persistent threats) -- will regularly buy zero-day exploits from third-party entities, besides developing their own in-house tools. APT groups believ...
Tags: Russia, Tech, Middle East, Kaspersky, Kaspersky Lab, Zdnet


SOMA’s PULSAR-23 semi-modular drum machine sneak peak

SOMA laboratory and enigmatic “romantic” engineer Vlad Kreimer have already delivered the strange and wonderful LYRA “organismic” synths. Next up: a drum machine. The PULSAR-23 takes on that same “organismic” design philosophy, complete with rich, layered, deep space exploration sounds. With a full 23 independent modules, those powers turn to a drum machine design. And maybe even “drum machine” doesn’t quite do this justice – you could just as easily imagine this as a percussion-heavy synthe...
Tags: Music, Hardware, Russia, Tech, Gear, Soma, Analog, DSP, Synths, Drum-machines, Music Tech, Create-analog-music, LFO, Lyra, Pulsar, Superbooth


After account hacks, Twitch streamers take security into their own hands

Twitch has an account hacking problem. After the breach of popular browser game Town of Salem in January, some 7.8 million stolen passwords quickly became the weakest link not only for the game but gamers’ other accounts. The passwords were stored using a long-deprecated scrambling algorithm, making them easily cracked. It didn’t take long for security researcher and gamer Matthew Jakubowski to see the aftermath. In the weeks following, the main subreddit for Amazon-owned game streaming site ...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Gaming, Russia, Tech, Sms, Cryptography, Password, Reddit, Salem, Prevention, Xmas, Twitch, Dow Jones, Computer Security, Video Hosting


Automated techno: Eternal Flow generates dance music for you

Techno, without all those pesky human producers? Petr Serkin’s Eternal Flow is a generative radio station – and even a portable device – able to make endless techno and deep house variations automatically. You can run a simple version of Eternal Flow right in your browser: https://eternal-flow.ru/ Recorded sessions are available on a SoundCloud account, as well: But maybe the most interesting way to run this is in a self-contained portable device. It’s like a never-ending iPod of … well, ki...
Tags: Programming, Mobile, Music, Russia, Tech, Web, Development, Artists, Stories, Moscow, Oddities, Techno, Music Tech, Generative, Electronic-music, Petr


Russia’s great firewall: is it meant to keep information in – or out?

Vladimir Putin will soon sign the ‘sovereign internet’ bill to allow greater monitoring of traffic. But what are its other consequences?Earlier this year, US officials briefed reporters on an extraordinary operation: they claimed to have launched an offensive cyber-attack against Russia to protect the integrity of the country’s midterm elections.Government hackers from US Cyber Command had pre-emptively cut off the internet to a St Petersburg office building that houses the Internet Research Age...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Internet, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Censorship, US, World news, Hacking, Isps, Cyberwar, St Petersburg, Internet Research Agency, US Cyber Command


Facebook says it filed a US lawsuit to shut down a follower-buying service in New Zealand

Facebook is cracking down on services that promise to help Instagram users buy themselves a large following on the photo app. The social network said today that it has filed a lawsuit against a New Zealand-based company that operates one such ‘follower-buying service.’ The suit is in a U.S. court and is targeting the three individuals running the company, which has not been named. “The complaint alleges the company and individuals used different companies and websites to sell fake engageme...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, UK, Instagram, Russia, India, US, Social Media, Tech, Social Media Marketing, Iran, Software, Philippines, Pakistan, United Kingdom


Zuckerberg Warns of Authoritarian Data Localization Trend

If free nations demand companies store data locally, it legitimizes that practice for authoritarian nations, which can then steal that data for their own nefarious purposes, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. From a report: He laid out the threat in a new 93-minute video of a discussion with Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari released today as part of Zuckerberg's 2019 personal challenge of holding public talks on the future of tech. Zuckerberg has stated that Facebook will refuse to compl...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, China, Germany, Russia, India, Tech, Zuckerberg, Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari


Animated Maps Reveal the True Size of Countries (and Show How Traditional Maps Distort Our World)

The world maps we know all misrepresent the world itself: we've all heard it many times before, but how well do we understand the nature of that misrepresentation? "For many people, the Earth as they know it is heavily informed by the Mercator projection – a tool used for nautical navigation that eventually became the world’s most widely recognized map," writes Visual Capitalist's Nick Routley. But the Mercator projection dates to 1569, and "the vast majority of us aren’t using paper maps to ch...
Tags: Google, Europe, Maps, College, Mexico, Russia, Earth, Canada, Greenland, North America, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Kaye, Colin Marshall, Mercator, Gerardus Mercator


The state of digital in April 2019: all the numbers you need to know

It’s only been three months since we published our first round of Digital 2019 reports, but our new Q2 Global Digital Statshot shows that the connected world has already changed considerably during that time. Essential headlines   Global internet users grew by 8.6 per cent over the past twelve months, with 350 million new users contributing to an overall total of 4.437 billion by the start of April 2019. Social media user numbers have also registered solid growth, increasing b...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Indonesia, China, Russia, India, Digital, US, Social Media, Seo, Linkedin, Snapchat



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