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Inside Facebook's Two Years of Hell

It’s not easy to recognize that the machine you’ve built to bring people together is being used to tear them apart, and Mark Zuckerberg’s initial reaction to Trump’s victory, and Facebook’s possible role in it, was one of peevish dismissal. Executives remember panic the first few days, with the leadership team scurrying back and forth between Zuckerberg’s conference room (called the Aquarium) and Sandberg’s (called Only Good News), trying to figure out what had just happened and whether they would be blamed. Then, at a conference two days after the election, Zuckerberg argued that filter bubbles are worse offline than on Facebook and that social media hardly influences how people vote. “The idea that fake news on Facebook—of which, you know, it’s a very small amount of the content—influenced the election in any way, I think, is a pretty crazy idea,” he said.

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Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

Facebook is losing friends to Snapchat in the U.K. https://bloom.bg/2EwswFZ  pic.twitter.com/GqPSaqVWgn

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Cyberattack hits Winter Olympics during the opening ceremony

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics' internal servers crashed in the attack, as did public Wi-Fi. Officials confirmed the attack, but won't identify the perp.

4 Exclusive: Amazon paid $90 million for camera maker's chip technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc paid about $90 million to acquire the maker of Blink home security cameras late last year, in a secret bet on the startup’s energy-efficient chips, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

5
Enter for a chance to win* some awesome 'Black Panther' swag!

In honor of the highly anticipated release of "Black Panther," Chadwick Boseman, who portrays our newest Wakandan warrior, and the talent that ruled our winter issue of CNET Magazine , has autographed a couple of magazines. We also joined forces with Film Jackets and Insight Editions: Mandala Earth to put together an incredible set of prizes. There will be a total of four winners, and each of them will be receiving an autographed item along with some awesome "Black Panther" swag. You Marvel fans won't want to miss out! This giveaway will end at 11:59 p.m. PT on Feb. 25.

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Scientists at Russian nuclear research facility arrested for mining cryptocurrency

According to reports from BBC News and Agence France-Presse , the incident took place at the Federal Nuclear Center in Sarov, one of a number of “closed cities” created by the Soviet Union solely for the purpose of nuclear research. These cities are off-limits to travelers and aren’t even marked on Russian maps. A spokesperson for the facility, Tatiana Zalesskaya, told the Interfax news agency that several researchers had been detained after making “an attempt to use the work computing facilities for personal ends, including for so-called mining.”

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Apple, LG invest $10M in OLED microdisplay maker eMagin

Apple , LG and Valve are making a $10 million investment in eMagin, according to documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The Hopewell Junction, New York-based company makes microdisplays used in the military, medical and industrial fields, but it has recently turned its attention to companies building consumer headsets.

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Reg Saddler on Twitter

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Innovation By Design Awards | Co.Design

Enter Now The 2018 Innovation By Design Awards honor the designers and businesses solving the problems of today and tomorrow. The competition, now in its seventh year, has featured a cross-section of blue-chip companies, scruffy startups, and hungry young talents. It is one of the most sought-after design awards in the industry.

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How IoT will be a game changer at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Greg Kahn, CEO of the IoT Consortium, talks about how IoT and wearables will impact the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

Bank cybersecurity heads don't have enough direct face time with the CEO https://bloom.bg/2sncuJF  pic.twitter.com/37PZi8vcD5

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Instagram is testing screenshot alerts for stories

Instagram is testing a feature that will show users when someone else takes a screenshot of their story. Users included in the test are getting a warning that the next time they take a screenshot of a friend’s story the friend will be able to see it, as shown below:

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Fujitsu brings palm-scanning biometric security to Windows 10 laptops

Windows 10 users may soon be able to login to their devices with a wave of their hand. On Thursday, Microsoft and Fujitsu announced a partnership to build devices with Windows 10 Pro and biometric options such as Windows Hello and palm vein authentication to better prevent security breaches.

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How to completely wipe an iPhone

Before resetting a company-owned device or turning in your old iPhone, it's important to know how to get rid of all the personal data that might be on it. Here's how to do it.

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The benefits of integrating IT and security teams

By integrating IT and security teams your company can improve security and reduce operating costs, says Arcules CEO Lars Nordenlund.

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Excessively cheesy and tactless Falcon Heavy stunt fills space vacuum | ZDNet

It would be preferable, and the discussion about marketing stunts would be mute, if NASA had completed the task, but public money vacated the field decades ago, and since that time there have been a procession of US presidents making promises to NASA but delivering little. The poor US space agency is unlikely to ever see the 4 percent of the federal budget spending it accounted for in the heady days of Apollo.

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iPhone X a disappointment? Here’s what real people think

Commentary: Some experts believe iPhone hasn't captured people's imagination. So I went to the Gulf Coast of Florida to find out.

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hackaday on Twitter

Early tickets are now on sale for Hackaday | Belgrade- super cheap so you can spend all of your money on . See you there May 26 for amazing talks on hardware, electronics, mechanicals, and design. http://bit.ly/2GXpFUR  pic.twitter.com/NcK3oyE7eX

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UK government websites, ICO hijacked by cryptocurrency mining malware | ZDNet

It was not long before the researcher realized far more than the ICO had been compromised. Websites including the UK's Student Loans Company (SLC), the UK National Health Service (NHS) Scotland, the Australian Queensland government portal, and US websites were also affected, such as uscourts.gov.

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BI Tech on Twitter

A Facebook employee asked a reporter to turn off his phone so Facebook couldn’t track its location — and it reveals a bigger problem within the company http://read.bi/2EnLR8V  pic.twitter.com/TfbQVymyqk

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Who wants to be a Bitcoin millionaire?

It's the currency everyone is talking about, but what is it? And is it here to stay? Newsbeat's Lola Mosanya asks - What's The Fuss about Bitcoin?

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Alibaba, JD.com heat up offline-online competition in China | ZDNet

Two of China's biggest e-commerce players have been ramping up investments in physical assets and partnerships, as they look to meld offline and online platforms to transform the retail experience.

23
Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

This Chinese billionaire wanted to take on Tesla. Then it all came crashing down https://bloom.bg/2EC7zJB  pic.twitter.com/YSi7ld7W5G

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Seven Chrome alternatives for browsing on Android

If you’re an Android device owner, chances are you’re using Google’s Chrome for your most of your web browsing activities. After all, the app comes pre-installed on the majority of Android devices.

26
Gizmodo on Twitter

This is true to a degree. Should give simklar performance to approx a gt1030. No serious gaming can be done on these chips but they are AWESOME for entry level builds with a real upgrade path. Especially with gpu pricing being so inflated. Good job @AMDRyzen

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Meltdown fix's 'massive overhead' will slow Linux systems, warns Netflix engineer

Gregg added that the actual performance impact of protecting Linux-based systems against Meltdown and Spectre would be higher, as the changes to KPTI are part of a series of updates that guard against the vulnerabilities. Alongside these, there have been Intel firmware updates, cloud provider hypervisor changes, and Retpoline compiler changes — all of which would likely have further impact on performance.

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Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

A key goal of the update is to persuade more iPhone users to switch to Android https://bloom.bg/2EAPvj3  pic.twitter.com/QdOVV2rz6s

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6 tips for cleaning your computer's hard drive

February 12 is National Clean Out Your Computer Day. Follow these tips to keep your system hard drive clutter-free and help maximize free space.

30 Inside Facebook's Two Years of Hell

It’s not easy to recognize that the machine you’ve built to bring people together is being used to tear them apart, and Mark Zuckerberg’s initial reaction to Trump’s victory, and Facebook’s possible role in it, was one of peevish dismissal. Executives remember panic the first few days, with the leadership team scurrying back and forth between Zuckerberg’s conference room (called the Aquarium) and Sandberg’s (called Only Good News), trying to figure out what had just happened and whether they would be blamed. Then, at a conference two days after the election, Zuckerberg argued that filter bubbles are worse offline than on Facebook and that social media hardly influences how people vote. “The idea that fake news on Facebook—of which, you know, it’s a very small amount of the content—influenced the election in any way, I think, is a pretty crazy idea,” he said.

31
Lifehacker on Twitter

This timeline is where you’ll spend most of your time, getting instant updates about what matters to you.

32
Bitcoin Closes in on $9,000 as Regulatory Fears Peter Out

33
Roger Cheng on Twitter

SCOOP: Verizon will begin locking smartphones for unspecified amount of time starting in spring in an effort to combat theft. Tip @techmeme https://www.cnet.com/news/verizon-will-lock-its-smartphones-to-combat-theft/ …

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Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

A battery supplier to carmakers plans to recycle cobalt from used mobile phones https://bloom.bg/2sm4bO2  pic.twitter.com/mIe2CIVMMG

35
Report: Expect the Galaxy S9 to cost even more than the S8

The TechRadar report cites an unnamed source in the UK mobile phone deals industry for the pricing info. The report claims that the £100 jump would put the Galaxy S9 at a retail price of £789 in the UK. Meanwhile the Galaxy S9 is reported to cost around $850 in the US. For reference, last year's Galaxy S8 initially sold for $750, £689 and AU$1,19.

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Google's Next Android Overhaul Will Embrace iPhone's 'Notch' - Slashdot

Google is working on a "dramatic redesign" of its Android operating system, Bloomberg reported on Monday . The company has stuck with a single look for its mobile operating system (OS) for quite some time now, but it's now reportedly looking at Apple for inspiration. The new version of Android -- which Bloomberg says is called "Pistachio Ice Cream" internally -- will apparently be designed with the space for a cutout at the top, much like the iPhone X and its so-called "notch." From the report: The operating system refresh, Android P, will emphasize Google's Assistant, a digital helper that competes with Apple's Siri and Amazon.com's Alexa. Developers will be able to integrate Google's voice-based technology inside of their apps. The company has also weighed integrating the search bar on the Android home screen with its assistant, although neither of these changes are finalized for introduction this year, according to one of the people familiar with the situation.

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He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

A senior federal employee explicitly tasked with investigating information warfare told BuzzFeed News that even he's not certain how many government agencies are preparing for scenarios like the ones Ovadya and others describe. “We're less on our back feet than we were a year ago," he said, before noting that that's not nearly good enough. “I think about it from the sense of the enlightenment — which was all about the search for truth,” the employee told BuzzFeed News. “I think what you’re seeing now is an attack on the enlightenment — and enlightenment documents like the Constitution — by adversaries trying to create a post-truth society. And that’s a direct threat to the foundations of our current civilization."

39
Reg Saddler on Twitter

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40
Sorry, bitcoin. Criminals on the dark web are moving on from you

So the bad guys are moving on from bitcoin. It's still the most widely used cryptocurrency on the dark web, but Recorded Future predicts it won't be in the next six to 12 months. They've seen litecoin and dash, two other cryptocurrencies, emerging as the most likely to take its place.

41
Hasbro’s new Hero Vision AR toy lets kids pretend to be Iron Man

The Iron Man likeness comes from the toy’s included mask and gauntlet (the hand piece). The “AR experience” is provided by a phone and companion Android / iOS app. Kids are basically wearing a VR headset on their faces with a phone strapped in. But instead of an immersive VR world, the app takes advantage of the phone’s camera and creates an AR overlay of enemies and bases around players. Kids can create their own levels by putting included AR markers around the room. The app looks for these markers and uses them as indicators of where to place enemy bases. The goal is to take down all enemies and, ultimately, Thanos. Kids target enemies by raising their hand (and thereby the gauntlet) and pointing it at whatever they want to destroy.

42
Broadcom Secures as Much as $100 Billion of Debt Funding for Qualcomm Bid

Broadcom Ltd. secured as much as $100 billion of debt financing for its hostile bid for Qualcomm Inc. and enlisted two more big private-equity firms, strengthening the chip giant’s hand in the takeover battle.

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Nvidia’s graphics card sales surge, but are cryptocurrency miners the major buyers?

As Polygon reports, Nvidia’s chief financial officer, Colette Kress, admitted that “strong demand in the cryptocurrency market exceeded our expectations”, on the one hand, and that GPUs sold to miners represented a “higher percentage of revenue” compared to the last quarter. Sales were up, then, and by a decent chunk by the sound of things.

44
Galaxy S9 could be this much faster than your current phone

The most meaningful interpretation we can get from these results right now is that Qualcomm's claims mostly hold. Best case scenario, you can hope for your Snapdragon 845 phone to be about 25 percent faster than 2017's models.

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Apple working on Animoji in FaceTime and tabs for iPad apps, says Bloomberg

The new software features are part of a new iOS release codenamed “Peace,” says Bloomberg . The release will also reportedly include universal apps that work across iPhones, iPads, and Macs. These apps sound similar to Microsoft’s own work with Windows Universal Apps that run across pcs, tablets, phones, and even devices like the HoloLens headset. iOS 12 is also said to include improvements to the Do Not Disturb feature, and a redesigned built-in stocks app. While Apple is planning some software updates this year, it sounds like the bigger iOS features won’t arrive in time for iOS 12.

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Qualcomm, Broadcom plan to meet on February 14: sources

(Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc and Broadcom Ltd plan to meet on Wednesday to talk about the latter’s $121 billion acquisition offer, the first time the semiconductor companies will discuss the potential deal, people familiar with the matter said.

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Facebook personal data use and privacy settings ruled illegal by German court

The court also ruled eight clauses in Facebook’s terms of service to be invalid, including terms that allow Facebook to transmit data to the US and use personal data for commercial purposes. The company’s “authentic name” policy – a revision of a rule that once required users to use their “real names” on the site, but which now allows them to use any names they are widely known by – was also ruled unlawful.

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Facial Recognition Is Accurate, if You’re a White Guy

Then, each company’s software was tested on the curated data, crafted for gender balance and a range of skin tones. The results varied somewhat. Microsoft’s error rate for darker-skinned women was 21 percent, while IBM’s and Megvii’s rates were nearly 35 percent. They all had error rates below 1 percent for light-skinned males.

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Galaxy S9 could be this much faster than your current phone

The most meaningful interpretation we can get from these results right now is that Qualcomm's claims mostly hold. Best case scenario, you can hope for your Snapdragon 845 phone to be about 25 percent faster than 2017's models.

50
HTC Vive Focus standalone headset could one day release outside of China

Other Vive Focus features include six-degree-of-freedom tracking, a 110-degree field of view (same as the other headsets), and a Snapdragon 835 processor. It's available in two colors in China, Electric Blue and Almond White, and costs ¥4,299 and ¥3,999, depending on the color. That puts it at about $680 / £495 / AU$870 and $635 / £460 / AU$815 when converting the price.

51 Olympics: NBC boots analyst over Japan comment at Pyeongchang Games
52 BI Tech on Twitter
53 Nest says it has sold 11 million devices (and counting)
54 Why AI is the future of policy
55 Inside Facebook's Two Years of Hell
56 How trojans can attack cloud services
57 Why cloud sync, not backup, worked better for business continuity during the hurricane | ZDNet
58 ​South Korean IoT sales grew 23 percent in 2017 | ZDNet
59 5 Tech Trends to Watch in 2018
60 Here's how iOS 11.3 handles an iPhone crash due to a bad battery | ZDNet
61 How to encrypt files on a Ubuntu server with Tomb
62 Alibaba signs deal to offer Disney shows on video platforms
63 You're probably not using these hidden credit card perks
64 NBN expecting 1.2m people on 50Mbps speeds by mid year | ZDNet
65 Techmeme on Twitter
66 Australian 'big four' to align their data-sharing ducks ahead of Open Banking | ZDNet
67 I went to pick up my Apple HomePod and got a dire warning
68 Unilever threatens to pull online ads
69 Google's YouTube: If creators get badly out of line, here's how we'll punish them | ZDNet
70 Equifax under pressure after hack update
71 After dismissing security flaw, Amazon patches Key smart lock anyway
72 Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS
73 China looks to retain local subsidies for electric vehicles: Bloomberg
74 A culprit for financial site glitches: you and your apps
75 PCWorld on Twitter
76 Snapchat brings Snap Map to the web
77 Alibaba signs deal with Disney to stream its animated shows in China
78 Verizon will begin locking phones to deter thieves
79 Why should you care about blockchain? It’s the ultimate trust builder
80 Gizmodo on Twitter
81 Google’s custom TPU machine learning accelerators are now available in beta
82 Google Maps may let you share your battery life
83 British watchdog tells algorithmic traders to tighten controls
84 NYTimes Tech on Twitter
85 VentureBeat on Twitter
86 Mathew Ingram on Twitter
87 Qualcomm, Broadcom meeting over acquisition deal imminent | ZDNet
88 Vivaldi 1.14, First Take: A feature-rich, touch-friendly web browser Review | ZDNet
89 Facebook brings Stories photo edits to desktop... for the 3 souls who use it
90 Bloomberg Technology on Twitter
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92 WIRED on Twitter