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Zuck says ad transparency regulation would be ‘very good if it’s done well’

Despite Facebook’s effort to rapidly self-regulate in the wake of Russian interference in the U.S. election using Facebook ads, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he would support government regulation if implemented properly. Meanwhile, Facebook elevated its expense estimates for 2018 to fund security hiring. “We’re working with Congress on legislation to make advertising more transparent. I think this would be very ...

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On Russia, tech doesn’t know what it doesn’t know

While the Senate has spent the better part of a year making sense of Russia’s actions to influence the 2016 election, tech made quick work of its own analysis — or so it thinks. The glacial pace of Congress is often criticized, particularly contrasted to the tech industry, which still moves fast and breaks things, although Facebook gave up that ...

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Thoughts on the #techhearings from my time in Product Safety at Twitter

Leslie MileyContributor Leslie Miley is a Silicon Valley native who has held engineering leadership roles at Slack, Twitter, Apple and Google. Featured in USA Today, TechCrunch Disrupt, Wired’s 2017 Next List, Miley now advises several startups founded by women and minorities and is an investor in a fund dedicated to diverse entrepreneurs. More posts by this contributor: Tech’s term sheets ...

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Microsoft 365 for small and medium businesses is now generally available

Microsoft 365 lets businesses subscribe to a bundle with Office 365, Windows 10 and the company’s mobile device management tools. The early focus for this program was enterprises, but a few months ago, the company also launched a preview version of Microsoft 365 for small and medium businesses. Today, Microsoft 365 Business is coming out of beta and is now ...

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Google takes aim at medtech for Launchpad Studio’s first batch of AI-focused startups

Google has been going all-in on artificial intelligence and machine learning for some time now, and part of that is, of course, nurturing the growing ecosystem around it, from developer tools to startups. Their latest effort, Launchpad Studio, targets one vertical at a time, fostering startups looking to make deep changes to industries lagging behind the cutting edge; the first ...

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Microsoft expands HoloLens headsets to 29 new markets, now up to 39

Nearly three years on from Microsoft unveiling its HoloLens augmented reality headsets, the company today announced a major expansion of its availability: 29 more markets in Europe, nearly tripling the total number of countries where you can buy the device up to 39. The news shows that while we don’t have a firm number of how many units have been sold, we ...

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Samsung now offers an Enterprise Edition of the Note 8 for business

The push to let employees bring their own devices to work has been underway for some time now — in fact, it’s a big part of what ultimately doomed enterprise-focused companies like BlackBerry’s hardware businesses. Samsung’s been walking the line for a while as well, rolling out enterprise features like Knox security for its consumer handsets, along with accessories like ...

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Periscope ups payouts to broadcasters on sales of Super Hearts, adds holiday bonuses

Twitter’s Periscope is going after live broadcasters in a big way, as it’s now promising to give back more of their earnings from the sales of Super Hearts in their live video streams. Introduced in June, Super Hearts are in-app virtual goods that offer a form of virtual tipping. The idea is similar to Twitch’s or YouTube’s emotes, but instead of ...

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120K Instagrams by Russian election attackers hit 20M Americans

Facebook detailed the extent of Russia’s election interference campaign on Instagram today during its second congressional hearing. Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch said that 120,000 posts by Russian election attackers reached 16 million Americans from October through the election, and the posts reached an additional 4 million Americans prior to October when Facebook has less complete data. That’s on top ...

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120K Instagrams by Russian election attackers hit 20M Americans

Facebook detailed the extent of Russia’s election interference campaign on Instagram today during its second congressional hearing. Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch said that 120,000 posts by Russian election attackers reached 16 million Americans from October through the election, and the posts reached an additional 4 million Americans prior to October. That’s on top of the 126 million Americans reached ...

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