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March 18, 2018, 12:35 PM

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New York Times:
Sources and documents reveal how Cambridge Analytica used harvested personal information from 50M Facebook profiles to build psychological profiles of US voters  —  LONDON — As the upstart voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica prepared to wade into the 2014 American midterm elections, it had a problem.
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Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
Profile of Christopher Wylie, the former Cambridge Analytica employee who is now blowing the whistle on his ex-employer's data harvesting practices  —  Now, 28-year-old Christopher Wylie goes on the record to discuss his role in hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in order to target the US electorate
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon is rolling out a new “Brief Mode” for Alexa that replaces verbal confirmations with chimes  —  Amazon confirmed it's rolling out an optional “Brief Mode” that lets Alexa users configure their Echo devices to use chimes and sounds for confirmations, instead of having Alexa respond with her voice.
James Cook / Business Insider:
YouTube Kids app suggested conspiracy theory videos in search results and related videos sections  —  - The YouTube Kids app is meant to filter out unsuitable content, but we found that it suggested that children watch conspiracy theory videos.  — The app suggested several videos …
Ananya Bhattacharya / Quartz:
Google Maps adds “plus codes”, a simple digital addressing system, to help with navigating to places without clear addresses in countries like India  —  Mapping a city like New York, where streets and avenues are neatly arranged in a grid, is a piece of cake.  But a city in India is a different animal.
MIT Technology Review:
An analysis of legal arguments on who or what is criminally liable when an AI-controlled machine kills someone shows that the future of AI litigation is murky  —  Here's a curious question: Imagine it is the year 2023 and self-driving cars are finally navigating our city streets.

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