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Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Report on cost of misinfo campaigns: $6K for about 40K “high-quality” likes, $5K for 20K comments, while creating and populating social media groups costs ~$40K   —  Fake News Machine research comes amid increasing concern about hacking elections and the ways that fake news on social media has manipulated voters
Jun 14, 2017, 2:35 PMIn context
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:
iOS 11 will only operate on 64-bit devices, making iPhone 5, 5C and iPad 4 obsolete, and remove support for 32-bit apps   —  Apple's iOS 11 update means iPhone 5 and 5C will no longer receive updates, while some apps and games will be incompatible after switch to 64-bit
Jun 6, 2017, 7:10 AMIn context
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Google says it is too expensive and time-consuming to compile and hand over salary records to the US government in the gender pay case   —  Officials said it was too financially burdensome and logistically challenging to hand over salary records that the government requested in discrimination case
May 27, 2017, 1:10 AMIn context
Monika Bickert / The Guardian:
In response to leak of its content moderation guidelines, Facebook tries to explain “how and where we draw the line”   —  Our reviewing of difficult posts and images is complex and challenging.  We appreciate the Guardian revealing how tough it is to get the balance right
May 23, 2017, 2:15 AMIn context
Nick Hopkins / The Guardian:
100+ internal training manuals and other docs show guidelines for Facebook content moderators on topics like violence, hate speech, terrorism, porn, self-harm   —  Leaked policies guiding moderators on what content to allow are likely to fuel debate about social media giant's ethics
May 21, 2017, 1:37 PMIn context
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Review shows Facebook's anti-fake news initiatives as ineffective, with many articles disputed by fact-checkers being labeled “disputed” too late or not at all   —  hen Facebook's new fact-checking system labeled a Newport Buzz article as possible “fake news”, warning users against sharing it, something unexpected happened.
May 16, 2017, 4:52 PMIn context
The Guardian:
Cybersecurity researcher @MalwareTechBlog accidentally finds kill switch to stop spread of WannaCry malware by registering domain hardcoded into malware   —  Expert who stopped spread of attack by activating software's ‘kill switch’ says criminals will ‘change the code and start again’
May 12, 2017, 11:10 PMIn context
Damien Gayle / The Guardian:
Multiple hospitals across UK hit by ransomware attack, locking staff out of their computers and forcing hospitals to divert emergency patients   —  Many hospitals having to divert emergency patients, with doctors reporting messages demanding money … Hospitals across England have been hit …
May 12, 2017, 11:12 AMIn context
Sarah Butler / The Guardian:
Amazon plans to open new 60K sq. ft. R&D center in Cambridge, UK and will triple R&D team size to 550   —  Hundreds of specialists in speech science and ‘knowledge engineering’ to be recruited at new tech development centre in the city … Amazon is to more than triple its research …
May 4, 2017, 2:10 PMIn context
Owen Bowcott / The Guardian:
UK parliamentary committee suggests fines for social media companies, including Twitter and Facebook, that fail to remove illegal or extremist content   —  An inquiry by the Commons home affairs committee condemns technology companies for failing to tackle hate speech
May 1, 2017, 2:20 PMIn context

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