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Twitter has admitted that there were many more Russian trolls on its platform during the 2016 election

Congress isn’t going to be happy.

Twitter revealed on Friday that trolls tied to the Russian government spread far more disinformation during the 2016 U.S. presidential election than the company first reported — and pledged to notify hundreds of thousands of users who had seen that content.

The update comes as Twitter continues to face criticism on Capitol Hill that it has failed to fully confront the scourge of Kremlin propaganda — and neglected to respond to the demands of lawmakers who are probing Russia’s meddling on popular social media sites.

Ahead of a series of congressional hearings last year, Twitter initially said it had discovered 2,200 accounts tied to the Internet Research Agency, a troll army connected to the Russian government. On Friday, though, Twitter said it had actually identified 3,814 accounts related to the IRA.

Also last year, Twitter calculated that there were roughly 36,000 bots originating out of Russia — and tweeting about the election — as Americans headed to the ballot box. By Friday, though, Twitter said it had found an additional 13,000 bots, bringing the total tally of automated accounts tweeting about the presidential race to more than 50,000.

And Twitter revealed for the first time on Friday that Russian propaganda — content that sought to stir social and political unrest in the United States — reached scores of its users. The company said it would notify 677,000 people in the United States who had followed one of these suspect accounts, or retweeted or liked their content. Twitter said it would do so by email.

In announcing its findings, Twitter sought to stress that Russian disinformation only amounted to a small portion of the tweets shared regularly on its platform. And it stressed that it had taken steps to prevent such abuse as another election — a 2018 race to determine the composition of Congress — fast approaches. That includes a series of previously announced changes to the way it displays political ads.

But the news is sure to infuriate federal lawmakers, who repeatedly have needled Twitter during the course of their investigation into Russian influence.

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, for one, blasted Twitter in September for a “deeply disappointing” response to his questions about the election. When the company later appeared with its tech peers, Facebook and Google, at a series of congressional hearings on the issue, lawmakers from both parties demanded that Twitter take more aggressive steps to prevent such manipulation of its platform in the future.

This year, the company completely blew a deadline by which it was supposed to respond to written questions it was sent by congressional investigators. And for months, Twitter had ignored public demands by lawmakers like Sen. Richard Blumenthal that it notify users who had seen or interacted with such Russian propaganda. Only this week did Twitter finally acknowledge that it would take that step.

This time, Twitter might face additional criticism: It released its latest findings in a blog post published at 5 p.m. on a Friday — a news dump that comes as the U.S. Congress barrels toward a potential government shut down

Tony Romm
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Source: https://www.recode.net/2018/1/19/16911538/twitter-russia-congress-2016-election-trump
Congress isn’t going to be happy

This electronic skin could let you dial a phone number on your wrist

Electronic Skin Thinner Than Hair Moves Virtual Objects Without Touch NewsweekElectronic Skin Puts the World in the Palm of Your Hand Discover Magazine (blog)Full coverage

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Source: http://www.newsweek.com/electronic-skin-hair-virtual-objects-785676
The device is 20 times thinner than a single strand of hair.

Processors have you perplexed? AMD’s lineup of CPUs and APUs explained

Now that Ryzen has put AMD back in the CPU game, its lineup of hardware offerings in both the CPU and APU games look decidedly different. Here’s a break down of its most important offerings.

The post CPU, APU, WTF? A guide to AMD’s processor lineup appeared first on Digital Trends.

Jon Martindale
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Source: https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/apu-gpu-wtf-a-guide-to-amds-desktop-processor-line-up/
AMD CPUs are a much better choice today than they were a few years ago. Ryzen changed the entire lineup forever.

The long, strange history of the backlash against women in tech

This column is part of a series called “Voices of Women in Tech,” created in collaboration with AnitaB.org, a global enterprise that supports women in technical fields, as well as the organizations that employ them and the academic institutions training the next generation.

As we prepare for the second annual Women’s March this weekend, it’s tempting to see the last 12 months as a time of unique empowerment. But honestly, the more things begin to change, the more obvious it becomes that we must fight against inertia and the tendency for our industry to revert to the same old tired excuses about why women can’t have seats at the table. Read more…

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Elizabeth Ames
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Source: http://mashable.com/2018/01/19/women-in-tech-backlash-womens-march/
“Women have had to fight tooth and nail for every measure of equality.”

With a crazy folding design, Revolve has literally reinvented the wheel

Revolve is a full-size, 26-inch spoked wheel that can be folded to a third of its diameter in a second, allowing it to take up just 60 percent of the space it would in its unfolded state.

The post With a crazy folding design, Revolve has literally reinvented the wheel appeared first on Digital Trends.

Luke Dormehl
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Source: https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/revolve-folding-wheel/
Revolve is a full-size, 26-inch spoked wheel that can be folded to a third of its diameter in a second, allowing it to take up just 60 percent of the space it would normally.

OnePlus says up to 40,000 customers affected in credit card breach

After learning that fraudulent charges were appearing on its customers’ credit cards, smartphone maker OnePlus disabled support for credit card payments and launched an on-going investigation. The preliminary results are in, however, and they’re defi…

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Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/19/oneplus-credit-card-breach-40000-affected/
OnePlus’ credit card security problem is worse than we thought.

Gadget Lab Podcast: How We’ll Read News in Facebook’s News-Free Future

News consumption habits are changing, and not only because of Facebook. But mostly because of Facebook.
Wired Staff
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Source: https://www.wired.com/2018/01/gadget-lab-podcast-344/
Online news is changing, and not only because of Facebook. But mostly because of Facebook.

The Best Podcast Apps For Your Smartphone

If you’re not enjoying the wealth of podcasts out there, you’re really missing out. Podcasts provide you with the experience of a ra…

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Jennifer Allen
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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/1533/the-best-podcast-apps-for-your-smartphone/
If you’re not enjoying the wealth of podcasts out there, you’re really missing out. Podcasts provide you with the experience of a radio show—ranging from in-depth information on a wide variety of subjects to light hearted comedy—but are available whenever and where ever you want to listen, i…

Apple wants to shrink your photos, but a new format from Google and Mozilla could go even farther

Apple’s got one idea for next-gen photo tech, but a rival technology based on the new AV1 video compression tech could go a step farther.
Stephen Shankland
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Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/google-mozilla-av1-photo-format-could-outdo-aging-jpeg/#ftag=CAD590a51e
Apple’s got one idea for next-gen photo tech, but a rival technology based on the new AV1 video compression tech could go a step farther.

How to Hide Your Activity Status on Instagram

Instagram recently added a new option that allows other users to see when you were last active on the service in their direct messages. If you’re not into letting everyone on the planet know what you’re up to every minute of the day, you can disable it pretty easily.
Cameron Summerson
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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/339830/how-to-hide-your-activity-status-on-instagram/
Instagram recently added a new option that allows other users to see when you were last active on the service in their direct messages. If you’re not into letting everyone on the planet know what you’re up to every minute of the day, you can disable it pretty easily.
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