Techmeme
September 7, 2017, 9:35 AM

Top News

Alex Stamos / Facebook:
Facebook says most of ~3K Russia-linked ads during US Presidential campaign referenced divisive social issues, not the election, and that ~25% were geo-targeted  —  There have been a lot of questions since the 2016 US election about Russian interference in the electoral process.
Washington Post:
Facebook says it sold ~$100K of ads on politically divisive topics to Russia-linked accounts from 6/15-5/17; sources say FB told Congress ads targeted US voters  —  Representatives of Facebook told congressional investigators Wednesday that it has discovered it sold ads during …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon seeks proposals from cities to build a second HQ in N. America, a “full equal” to Seattle HQ, and says it'll invest $5B+ and grow it to 50,000 employees  —  BREAKING NEWS: Amazon plans to build a second headquarters in a North American city to be determined …
Karissa Bell / Mashable:
Instagram says it's testing a feature for users to share their Story directly to Facebook  —  Facebook really wants people to view Stories on its main app, so much so that the social network is now turning to Instagram to see if its teen-friendly app can get the feature to finally stick.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Federal judge dismisses libel suit against Techdirt from Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims he invented email, due to difficulty in defining email  —  Judge: Techdirt articles were opinionated and hyperbolic, but not libel.  —  A federal judge in Massachusetts has dismissed a libel lawsuit filed earlier …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple secures deal for songs from Warner Music Group, plans to pay labels smaller percentage than it did under first streaming deal  —  IPhone maker plans to pay record labels smaller percentage  —  Paid streaming service has revived music industry; sales up
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:
John Deere announces it has agreed to buy Silicon Valley startup Blue River, which develops agriculture tech that relies on machine learning, for $305M  —  John Deere has long been known for its iconic green tractors, combines, balers, and other farming equipment.
Tony Romm / Recode:
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo says iPhone 8's Samsung-made OLED display costs $120-$130 per unit, over double the current LCD's $45-$55 per unit cost  —  The upcoming launch of the “iPhone 8” will reportedly see Apple in a precarious position in terms of parts, as the only company currently capable …
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Facebook is undermining its fact checking efforts by withholding data from its media partners, citing user privacy, such as which false stories are most popular  —  A once-touted plan to fact-check stories is being hindered by the company's refusal to share information.
Mark Wilson / Co.Design:
Researchers find all popular voice assistants, like Siri or Alexa, can be controlled via verbal commands emitted on ultrasonic frequencies using ~$3 hardware  —  Hackers can take control of the world's most popular voice assistants by whispering to them in frequencies humans can't hear.

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Financial services industry banks on the Microsoft Cloud  —  Examples of scenarios and solutions companies are implementing to drive their digital transformation.
eero:
eero data report  —  Read about trends in connected device adoption, usage patterns and behaviors from 10 major metropolitan areas.
Intercom:
From signed up to satisfied  —  Getting new users is easy; keeping them is hard.  Join Intercom co-founder Des Traynor as he explains how to bridge the gap between a company's initial traction and sustained success.
Zoho:
Introducing Zoho ShowTime's Open Mic: Let your learners have their say!  —  Traditional classroom training has always enjoyed one significant advantage over virtual training - the personal touch.
Worldpay:
Join us at the Web Executive Forum on Nov 8th  —  We're moderating an awesome panel on the future of web payments.  See the full event agenda and register here.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 9:35 AM ET, September 7, 2017.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Shannon Liao / The Verge:

Earlier Picks

Chris Welch / The Verge:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Hollywood Reporter:
David Meyer / Fortune: