Facebook ignored the impact of fake accounts on elections, a reported memo says News 

Facebook ignored the impact of fake accounts on elections, a reported memo says

Facebook reportedly ignored fake accounts being used to undermine elections via misinformation posted on the social media platform, according to a leaked memo. The 6,000-word memo, written by a former Facebook data scientist and seen by BuzzFeed News, said the site reacted slowly to evidence of coordinated campaigns to influence political results globally. “In the three years I’ve spent at Facebook, I’ve found multiple blatant attempts by foreign national governments to abuse our platform on vast scales to mislead their own citizenry,” the memo reportedly says. “I have personally made…

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An iPhone 12 launch in October is a big 5G win for Verizon Technology 

An iPhone 12 launch in October is a big 5G win for Verizon

Apple’s announcement of an event next week led many to speculate that the long-rumored new 5G iPhones were imminent. The company usually uses September to announce its latest phones, even with the expectation that this year’s crop would be delayed until October. As it turns out, next week’s event will be focused on the Apple Watch and iPad Air. Those wanting to learn more about the iPhone will likely need to wait until next month. For Verizon, the delay gives the nation’s largest wireless carrier some much needed time as it builds out its 5G network for Apple’s next marquee…

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Russia’s Troll Army Is Running the Hillary Clinton Playbook on Joe Biden News 

Russia’s Troll Army Is Running the Hillary Clinton Playbook on Joe Biden

With just over 60 days to the 2020 election, Facebook and Twitter have announced that the Kremlin-backed organization that interfered in the 2016 election is once again targeting Americans with disinformation. The announcement is the first evidence that St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency is seeking to repeat its success of four years ago and disrupt the U.S. presidential election. And while this campaign was ultimately unsuccessful, it showed that the Kremlin is repeating the strategy it pursued four years ago, by persuading left-leaning voters that Joe Biden is too centrist….

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What is the limit on a balance transfer card? News 

What is the limit on a balance transfer card?

Credit card debt in the U.S. was nearly $890 billion for the first quarter of 2020 — that’s a staggering number. Not to mention that the average credit card holder carries an outstanding balance of more than $6,000 month-to-month. Balance transfer cards come in handy when paying off high-interest balances, saving you a fortune in interest. But there are drawbacks. What are balance transfer cards? A balance transfer credit card is much like any other credit card. It typically comes with a lower interest rate or 0% introductory rate and can save you hundreds of dollars…

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Google says your Chrome tabs will soon load up to 10 percent faster Technology 

Google says your Chrome tabs will soon load up to 10 percent faster

Google is improving the performance of tabs in Chrome, according to a new blog post, and the changes could lead to speed gains of up to 10 percent. “When you’re checking off one task after another from your to-do list, waiting even a few seconds while your tabs load can slow you down,” Google’s Alex Ainslie wrote. Chrome will speed up loading times for active tabs by taking back resources from those that’ve been idle for awhile, according to a Chromium post. “We see improvements not only in loading speed…

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KFC to 3D Print Chicken Using Lab-Grown ‘Meat of the Future’ News 

KFC to 3D Print Chicken Using Lab-Grown ‘Meat of the Future’

By Stephanie Mlot Nobody does chicken—or food innovation—like KFC. The fast food chain has partnered with 3D Bioprinting Solutions in Russia to develop the world’s first laboratory-produced chicken nuggets. Inspired by the growing demand for animal alternatives, KFC wants to craft the “meat of the future.” The project, according to a press release, aims to forge something “as close as possible in both taste and appearance” to the restaurant’s original product, while remaining environmentally friendly. “Our experiment in testing 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken products can also help address several looming global…

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How to set a vacation responder in Gmail News 

How to set a vacation responder in Gmail

If you’re planning to take some time away from work, it might be a good idea to set up a vacation responder: an automatic reply that goes out to anyone who emails you, letting them know you’re out of the office and therefore not checking email regularly. (It’s also a good idea to let them know in that email when you’ll be back.) On Gmail, it’s an easy thing to set up, and you can choose start and end dates for the automatic reply. Although it’s called a vacation responder,…

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Instagram’s latest test puts all Stories on one page Technology 

Instagram’s latest test puts all Stories on one page

Instagram Stories has grown to become one of Facebook’s best products to date. As of last year, roughly half of Instagram’s users — or 500 million people — were interacting with Stories on a daily basis. That’s nearly double the entire daily active user base of all of Snapchat, which first popularized the Stories format. Now, it appears Instagram is testing a way to expand the Stories experience, making it a more of a central focus in the Instagram app. The company is newly testing a feature that will allow Instagram users to see…

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Amazon Prime Day 2020: When’s It Happening, and What Deals Can You Expect? News 

Amazon Prime Day 2020: When’s It Happening, and What Deals Can You Expect?

Amazon Prime Day 2020 is coming … eventually. The annual mid-summer sales event, which delivers two days of wide-ranging, oft-amazing deals, is now looking more like a fall event due to the pandemic. Once the dates are set, we’ll bring you all the latest details on when Prime Day 2020 will take place and which sales are worth your attention (and cash)—but there are plenty of great Amazon deals in the meantime. Read on for a sampling of some of the best current deals we’ve seen on Amazon, followed by…

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How major US cities are using location data to make key decisions about COVID-19 News 

How major US cities are using location data to make key decisions about COVID-19

Cities have long talked about making data-driven decisions and the coronavirus crisis has brought this to the fore for those responsible for data management. Chief Information Officers (CIOs) gathered at a recent Cities Today Institute digital roundtable noted the importance of data visualization and analysis during the pandemic – both for residents and decision-makers within the city. Several also highlighted key obstacles to achieving data’s full potential in scenarios like this, and these issues will need to be addressed to boost future resilience. New Orleans has been one of the US cities…

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