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The Shift: We Asked Facebook 12 Questions About the Election, and Got 5 Answers

Alex Stamos, chief security officer, Facebook: In our April white paper, “Information Operations and Facebook,” we described the activity that we detected from a sophisticated threat actor that was spreading stolen information about specific political targets in the run-up to ...

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State of the Art: The Frightful Five Want to Rule Entertainment. They Are Hitting Limits.

Why start with the culture industries? The Five elicit worries of total social control. Many people fear the companies will be able to translate their hold on key digital platforms into wholesale ownership of adjacent industries that depend on those ...

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How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World for U.S. Secrets

Like most security software, Kaspersky Lab’s products require access to everything stored on a computer in order to scour it for viruses or other dangers. Its popular antivirus software scans for signatures of malicious software, or malware, then removes or ...

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Virtual Vandalism: Jeff Koons’s ‘Balloon Dog’ Is Graffiti-Bombed

Snapchat did not immediately reply to New York Times requests for comment. In a video posted to Instagram, Mr. Errazuriz explained why he had questioned Snapchat’s collaboration. “For a company to have the freedom to GPS tag whatever they want ...

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Start-Up Bets on Tech Talent Pipeline From Africa

Jeremy Johnson, Andela’s chief executive, says the company offers “a very different model for unlocking human potential.” Photo Olufunmilade Oshodi, left, and Tolulope Komolafe are among hundreds of Africans working for Andela as software developers. Credit Axel Dupeux for The ...

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Masayoshi Son’s Grand Plan for SoftBank’s $100 Billion Vision Fund

What Mr. Son laid out for Mr. Gundersen helps explain why SoftBank and its Vision Fund have invested billions of dollars in a seemingly random sample of more than two dozen companies since the fund was announced. The investments span ...

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China Hastens the World Toward an Electric-Car Future

This, however, would be on a different scale. If China succeeds — and there is no guarantee — Beijing’s policy makers will be front and center reimagining the global auto industry, a business that has helped define communities, industries and ...

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How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics

“This is cultural hacking,” said Jonathan Albright, research director at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. “They are using systems that were already set up by these platforms to increase engagement. They’re feeding outrage — and it’s easy to ...

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Why Stanford Researchers Tried to Create a ‘Gaydar’ Machine

The backlash has been fierce. “I imagined I’d raise the alarm,” Dr. Kosinski said in an interview. “Now I’m paying the price.” He’d just had a meeting with campus police “because of the number of death threats.” Advocacy groups like ...

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Disney’s Big Bet on Streaming Relies on Little-Known Tech Company

In August, Disney announced that it would introduce two subscription streaming services, both built by BamTech. One, focused on sports programming and made available through the ESPN app, would arrive in the spring. The other, centered on movies and television ...

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