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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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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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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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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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Does Amazon Prime Video or Netflix have more movies? News 

Does Amazon Prime Video or Netflix have more movies?

Amazon’s streaming service, Amazon Prime Video, now has three times more movies than competitor Netflix, according to a June 9 analysis. Prime has a whopping 12,828 movies while Netflix, which has more subscribers than Amazon Prime, has 3,781 movies. And that number only represents the movies Amazon Prime offers to its subscribers for free, according to data from streaming-service search engine RealGood. Amazon Prime memberships cost $12.99 per month and $119 per year, which includes Prime delivery services as well as Prime Video streaming services, though non-Prime members can also purchase a Prime Video subscription for $8.99 per month. A Netflix subscription costs…

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Five features to hope for at WWDC News 

Five features to hope for at WWDC

On Monday, Apple will kick off its annual developer conference in the strangest and most contentious climate it has faced in many years. Not only does Apple have to hold all of its presentations online, it’s doing so to a developer audience that has become aware of a collective, unspoken discontent. Chaim Gartenberg has posted our long list of features you should expect to come to Apple’s operating systems this year. The short version: what’s most likely is a smattering of feature updates for the iOS-based platforms like iPadOS, tvOS, watchOS,…

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3D photos on iOS or Android are now a thing, thanks to this new, free app News 

3D photos on iOS or Android are now a thing, thanks to this new, free app

After being in beta for months, the 3D photo app LucidPix is now available to iOS and Android users. Whether you have a newer phone like the iPhone 11 or Samsung Galaxy Z Flip or an older one like a Motorola Moto G6 or iPhone 6S, you can use the app take 3D photos. Best of all, you don’t need a special accessory or multiple rear cameras. Instead, LucidPix uses artificial intelligence to render 3D photos that will move as you tilt and pan your phone. Usually when the term 3D is brought up, failed products like 3D televisions and 3D phones…

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