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Americans are now copying Russia and making hundreds of fake
Facebook accounts to influence politics. Facebook
removed 559 pages and 251 accounts for breaking its
rules around spam and “inauthentic behaviour.”
The departure of Square’s chief financial officer Sarah Friar
has surprised both employees and outside investors,
leaving both groups trying to predict what it means for the $28
billion payments company to lose its
second-in-command. Analysts expressed concern
following the news that Square may struggle to rebound from the
loss — but staffers are happy to see Friar move onto a CEO
The staff of a secretive Facebook initiative called Building 8
have been working to make the world’s first brain-computer
interfaces, devices that essentially put the functionality of a
laptop in your head. The initiative includes
at least two major publicly reported projects: a
noninvasive brain sensor designed to turn thoughts into text
and a device that essentially lets you “hear” with your skin.
Amazon and other companies are facing a postal-service price
hike after months of criticism from Trump. The US
Postal Service has proposed hiking prices on the delivery
service utilized by Amazon by up to 12%.
Hackers are using stolen Apple IDs to steal money in China,
Tencent and Alipay warned. According to Bloomberg,
it’s a rare breach of China’s financial services.
Facebook will let users post ‘3D photos’ in their News
Feeds. The feature will add depth to photos,
making them look three-dimensional.
- Uber wants the SEC to allow it to give equity to
drivers. It could potentially
become a new type of compensation for gig economy workers,
according to Axios.
A new kind of Apple mapping vehicle has been spotted around Los
Angeles. They are white Subaru Impreza wagons
with a tower of gear sprouting from the roof and quite
different-looking than the previously known Apple Maps
vehicles, which were minivans.
- Scooter startup Lime is accusing the city of San
Francisco of scooter
discrimination. The startup was
left out of the city’s scooter pilot programme, and it’s now
trying to delay that programme’s rollout.
Kanye West wants Apple to build an ‘iPlane’ for President Trump
to replace Air Force One. West showed the
president prospective designs for iPlane 1, which would be
hydrogen-powered and built by Apple.
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