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December 31, 2016, 4:35 AM

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Sam Thielman / The Guardian:
FBI-DHS joint report links two Russian intelligence hacking groups to hacks of Democratic Party organizations; experts say report is too little too late  —  Experts say report is too little too late and comes after several others from private sector detailing alleged exploits of groups Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
FBI-DHS report fails to make a hard case that Russia tampered with US elections, likely because the agencies want to protect methods for detecting hacks  —  US issued JAR billed itself as an indictment that would prove Russian involvement.  —  Talk about disappointments.
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
How Russia has bolstered its cyberwarfare capabilities in recent years by working with outside firms and recruiting convicted hackers, scientists, college grads  —  MOSCOW — Aleksandr B. Vyarya thought his job was to defend people from cyberattacks until, he says, his government approached him with a request to do the opposite.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
White House announces sanctions and ejection of Russian intelligence operatives in response to political hacking  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration struck back at Russia on Thursday for its efforts to influence the 2016 election, ejecting 35 Russian intelligence operatives …
Anil Dash:
Ideas to fix Twitter: show you can ship new features, handle abuse transparently, revamp metrics, understand different user types, and embrace developers  —  Jack asked us for ideas on how to fix Twitter.  A coherent plan for fixing Twitter would make millions of people happier …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Jack Dorsey says Twitter is “thinking a lot” about an edit-tweet button, also considering bookmarks, better threading, and multiple interest-based timelines  —  He also wants to know what else you want him to build.  —  You've probably dreamed of directing Twitter's product strategy — well, here's your chance!
David Barboza / New York Times:
How China built “iPhone City”, the world's largest iPhone factory, in Zhengzhou by giving Foxconn billions in perks, tax breaks, and subsidies  —  A hidden bounty of benefits for Foxconn's plant in Zhengzhou, the world's biggest iPhone factory, is central to the production of Apple's most profitable product.
ProPublica:
Facebook buys detailed information from commercial data brokers about users' offline lives but does not disclose it since it is widely available  —  The site shows users how Facebook categorizes them.  It doesn't reveal the data it is buying about their offline lives.
Dan Rys / Billboard:
Source: Facebook is working on a system to find and remove videos with copyrighted music, is in preliminary licensing talks with major record labels  —  As Facebook continues to grapple with its role in proliferating “fake news” amidst the heated U.S. election this year …
Eric Schlosser / New Yorker:
A look at the vulnerability of the nuclear command-and-control system, which is endangered by obsolete hardware and software  —  Harsh political rhetoric, combined with the vulnerability of the nuclear command-and-control system, has made the risk of global catastrophe greater than ever.

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