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SlashDotOct 21, 2019
Facebook Shuts Down New Accounts From Iran and Russia Spreading Disinformation

Yahoo Tech - Apple MacOct 21, 2019
Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez Join to Condemn Apple Decision to Pull Hong Kong App
A bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday urging him to "demonstrate that Apple puts values above market access" by reversing a decision to remove an app that allowed pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong to track police officers.The app,, used crowdsourcing to let users know where police were positioned, as well as the locations of water cannons and tear gas.Hong Kong has been roiled by violent protests for months. The demonstrations began in response to the introduction of legislation that would have allowed the extradition of suspected criminals to mainland China, and have since expanded, in the wake of the bill's withdrawal, into a broader call for increased human rights protections and democratic reforms."Apple's decisions last week to accommodate the Chinese government by taking down HKMaps is deeply concerning," read the  letter to Cook, which was signed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D, N.Y.), Senator Ted Cruz, (R, Texas), Senator Marco Rubio (R, Fla.) and four other lawmakers."In promoting values, as in most things, actions matter far more than words," the lawmakers said.The letter urges Apple to reverse the company's decision to censor at least 2,200 apps in China "at the behest of the Chinese government" and instead "stand with the brave men and women fighting for basic rights and dignity in Hong Kong."The lawmakers cited separate controversies involving China's efforts to influence American companies, including th

EngadgetOct 21, 2019
Surface Pro 7 review: USB-C upgrade, battery downgrade
The Surface Pro line hasn't changed much over the years. Each new generation brought incremental spec bumps and slight design changes. And this time around is pretty much the same. Microsoft is giving us newer processors, improved microphones and som...

Reuters TechnologyOct 21, 2019
Facebook announces new steps to clamp down on misinformation ahead of 2020 election
Facebook announced new steps to combat misinformation and voter suppression on Monday ahead of the November 2020 U.S. presidential election, on the same day it disclosed the removal of a network of Russian accounts targeting U.S. voters on Instagram.

Mac RumorsOct 21, 2019
Deals: Save on Apple's 11-Inch iPad Pro (Up to $249 off), Along With Compatible Smart Keyboard Folio and Apple Pencil 2
Amazon has a few sales surrounding Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro this week, including a few accessories that are compatible with the tablet. Some of the prices listed below are the lowest seen for the products, and we've designated each discount as such, so be sure to browse the new sales before they expire.

Yahoo Tech - Apple MacOct 21, 2019
Russia's Troll Farm Is Kind of Sh*tting the Bed on Facebook
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyFacebook on Monday removed nearly 200 newly discovered fake accounts linked separately to Iran and to Russia's Internet Research Agency. The takedowns demonstrate that foreign influence operations are already targeting the 2020 election, but provide evidence that Russia's notorious troll farm is struggling to regain anything close to the influence in held in 2016.The new wave of takedowns targeted separate networks of deceptive accounts created by Iran and Russia, including dozens of fake Facebook organization pages. In a press call, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said the takedowns show the company has come far since getting caught flat-footed in 2016. "The fact that we've identified them proactively should provide some confidence that our systems here are working," Zuckerberg said.The Russian accounts were far more focused on U.S. domestic issues, but in terms of sheer numbers and longevity, the Iranian effort outstripped Russia. The Iranian accounts included 21 Instagram accounts and 135 fake Facebook accounts propping up 26 phony organization pages and four Facebook groups. More than 90 of the accounts were primarily focused on U.S. readers, with the others mostly targeting Latin America. The accounts largely pushed links to Iranian propaganda on state-run news outlets, according to Facebook.As with past takedowns, the company's announcement only identified a handful of the Iranian personas. Of those, though, one stands out as eerily reminiscent of Russia's 2016 efforts—a Fa
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