Techmeme
March 17, 2018, 8:15 AM

Top News

Paul Grewal / Facebook:
Facebook suspends Trump and Brexit-affiliated data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica after reports it and affiliated psychologist lied about data retention  —  We are suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), including their political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, from Facebook.
New York Times:
Sources: hacks of Saudi petro firms in 2017 intended to trigger an explosion via compromised Schneider Electric controllers deployed in ~18k plants worldwide  —  In August, a petrochemical company with a plant in Saudi Arabia was hit by a new kind of cyberassault.
More: SecurityWeek and CNBC
Facebook: David BrinTweets: @ericgeller, @puiwingtam, and @nicoleperlroth
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it is testing a change to Windows 10 that will open links clicked within Windows Mail in Edge, even if Edge is not the default browser  —  A desperate move to grab browser share  —  Microsoft is testing a new change to its future version of Windows 10 which will probably annoy anyone using the operating system.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sources: Facebook plans to launch Oculus Go standalone VR headset at its F8 developer conference on May 1  —  Facebook is looking to officially launch its Oculus Go standalone virtual reality (VR) headset at its f8 developer conference on May 1, Variety has learned from multiple sources familiar with the company's plans.
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Investigation finds ~70 “creepshot” Tumblr blogs including one with ~11K followers and 53K+ interactions; Tumblr hasn't removed any blogs found in investigation  —  After Reddit famously banned the creepshots sub-reddit, which shared non-consensual, revealing photos of women …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple announces media event at a Chicago high school at 10am CT on March 27, focused on “creative new ideas for teachers and students”  —  Apple today invited the media to an event on Tuesday, March 27 at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago.
Bloomberg:
Qualcomm says Paul Jacobs, the son of Qualcomm's founder, won't be renominated to its board after he informed them he's exploring a bid to acquire the company  —  Ex-Chairman is considering acquisition of the chipmaker  —  Chipmaker in play after Trump blocks $117 billion Broadcom bid
Andy Patel / News from the Lab:
F-Secure researcher discovers Twitter botnet advertising adult dating sites with over 22K linked accounts, some more than eight years old  —  About a week ago, a Tweet I was mentioned in received a dozen or so “likes” over a very short time period (about two minutes).
More: TechCrunch

Sponsor Posts

Smartsheet:
Strategies for shutting down SaaS sprawl  —  Managing a chaos of apps steals focus away from IT leaders who are increasingly helping to drive business.  Read the report.
TWiT.tv:
What Up, Microsoft?  —  It's not just hardware, and it's not just Surface.  Paul, Mary Jo, and Leo talk about what Microsoft has up its sleeves for the Oct 2 event.  Subscribe to the Windows Weekly podcast.
Zoho:
Webinar Recap: Email as a tool for webinar engagement  —  Today, marketers are constantly on the lookout for different ways to promote their brand.  Conducting webinars is one of the easiest ways to connect …
AWS Startups:
Shaping Your Startup Culture to Thrive  —  Our panel of experts at our AWS Loft in New York, including folks from Buzzfeed, Enigma, and Value Culture, discuss why culture is vital to any startup that wants to survive past its early days.
Google Fi:
Google Fi - a phone plan, by Google  —  We felt that most phone plans just weren't made with you in mind.  So that's why we built Google Fi with features that real people actually want.  Click to learn more.
TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Clearbanc co-founder and president Michele Romanow is coming to Disrupt SF  —  Raising venture capital isn't easy; for some, it's impossible.  Clearbanc offers startups a fundraising alternative …
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

Listen to Techmeme's Podcast:

Techmeme Ride Home: Fri. 9/20 - Airbnb Plans an Open House in 2020 Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 8:15 AM ET, March 17, 2018.

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

Reuters:
Molly McHugh / The Ringer:
Alex Wilhelm / Crunchbase News:

Earlier Picks

Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Abner Li / 9to5Mac: