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Russian Troll Factory Paid US Activists To Fund Protests During Election
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bestweasel writes: The Guardian reports on another story about Russian meddling, but interestingly, this one comes from a respected Russian news source, the RBC. From the report: “Russian trolls posing as Americans made payments to genuine activists in the U.S. to help fund protest movements on socially divisive issues. On Tuesday, the newspaper RBC published […]

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Judge throws out Allergan patent, slams company’s Native American deal
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Enlarge / Allergan’s R&D and global production site in Pringy, France. (credit: JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images) A federal judge ruled today that patents protecting Allergan’s $1.5 billion blockbuster dry-eye drug, Restasis, are invalid due to obviousness. The international drug company’s stock dropped about five percent on the news. The ruling by US Circuit Judge William Bryson […]

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Tesla fires hundreds of workers
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Enlarge / Tesla CEO Elon Musk in 2014. (credit: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Tesla has a reputation as a demanding place to work, and the company lived up to its reputation this week when it fired hundreds of workers. The San Jose Mercury News estimates that between 400 and 700 workers were let go, based on […]

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Apple Releases Retro Version of iTunes
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Apple has made a retro version of iTunes available, 12.6.3, reviving features removed by the mammoth 12.7 overhaul it released last month. News of the release surfaced Monday in a post on Reddit by user vista980622. The company was low key about the release, saying in an online post dated Sept. 23 that the retro […]

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Report Probes Social Media's Threat to Democracy
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Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others may pose a threat to American democracy, suggests a new report from The Omidyar Group. The report follows recent disclosures about targeted dark post advertising, fake news and other abuses propagated by Russian troll farms during the 2016 presidential election. Among the questions the report raises […]

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IRS Suspends $7 Million Contract With Equifax After Malware Discovered
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After malware was discovered on Equifax’s website again, the IRS decided late Thursday that it would temporarily suspend the agency’s $7.1 million data security contract with the company. CBS News reports: In September, Equifax revealed that it had exposed 143 million consumer files — containing names, addresses, Social Security numbers and even bank account information […]

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Tom Wheeler to Ajit Pai: “Why the silence” about Trump’s media threats?
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Enlarge / Tom Wheeler, when he was Federal Communications Commission Chairman, at left, listens to then-FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai testify before the House Judiciary Committee about Internet regulation on March 25, 2015. President Donald Trump promoted Pai to chairman to succeed Wheeler. (credit: Chip Somodvellia/Getty Images) Tom Wheeler, the former chairman of the Federal Communications […]

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Judge wants to know if Allergan’s tribal patent deal is a “sham”
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Enlarge / CEO of Allergan Brenton Saunders addresses employees at a production site in Pringy, France. (credit: JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images) Last month, the drug company Allergan made news for a deal in which it gave six of its patents to a Native American tribe in order to avoid a patent review process called inter partes review, […]

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Dow Jones posts fake story claiming Google was buying Apple
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Enlarge / The Steve Jobs auditorium on Apple’s new campus. The fake news story said Google employees would be moving into Apple’s headquarters. The Dow Jones newswire rattled markets on Tuesday by publishing a clearly fake story claiming that Google was buying Apple. The story claimed that Apple founder Steve Jobs put the purchase price—an […]

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