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Facebook has come under fire for its role in influencing the U.S. presidential election, particularly when it comes to “fake news” and Russian-sponsored ads.When asked about this at WSJ D.Live in Laguna Beach on Wednesday, Facebook VP David Marcus at first deflected, talking at length about all the positive impacts that the social media giant has had on the world.“When you design a platform that reaches 2 billion people every month…sometimes bad things happen,” he concluded.Marcus said that Facebook is “collaborating with special counsel and Congress” to help evaluate Russia’s use of the platform for U.S. politics.He says it’s a priority of the company to “make sure that we build systems to prevent what happened from happening again.”Marcus oversees the Facebook Messenger platform and acknowledged that a “small number” of Russian-related incidents happened on the messenger service, but did not elaborate.
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If you own more than one USB powered device – just like many of us over at GizChina – then you must have incurred in a situation where you couldn’t find the right cable for the right device.That won’t be a problem no more thanks to this handy adapter from Dodocool, the DA120GY.Let’s learn more about it!The Dodocool DA120GY is one of many high quality adapter produced by the Chinese company.This one specifically comes with a 3.3ft long cable, an USB Type-A port on one side and either a microUSB, USB Type-C or Lightening port at the other end.All the adapters are connected to the main cable, so they aren’t easy to lose, you simply plug whatever you need to the main microUSB out and you’re ready to go.
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LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.—The software services industry is in the midst of generational change, and Oracle Corp. ORCL 0.79% has reacted by embracing the cloud.The shift to selling web-based, on-demand computing services known as the cloud has changed the way Oracle is paid and has given the company new services to pitch to longtime customers, Chief Executive Mark Hurd said in an interview at the WSJ D.Live technology conference.The shift has helped send shares of the 40-year-old company to record levels.Mr. Hurd said shifting corporate software systems to the cloud provides more security for companies than they can provide by managing systems themselves.He said that right now a patch for an attack on companies’ own servers could take a year to reach every customer using that software.
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Motorola has announced the latest MotoMod for its Moto Z family of handsets - the Moto smart speaker with Amazon Alexa.Priced at £99, $149.99 (around AU$160), the snap-to-connect mod features its own dedicated speaker and familiar blue illumination ring that owners of the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot will be familiar with.Motorola says you'll be able to buy the speaker with Amazon Alexa from Amazon and its own website in the UK, US and Germany from November.Alexa at your beck and callThe Mod will allow you to trigger the smart assistant with you voice without having to even touch your handset, and results (if necessary) can be displayed on the phone's screen.It also features its own battery, which Motorola claims will give you up to 15 hours of use, so you shouldn't need to worry about it draining the phone's battery.
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Months after Dutch National Police vowed to actively persecute individuals suspected of buying and selling illegal substances on the dark web, two 23-year-old men from the Netherlands have been sentenced to serve time in prison for dealing drugs.The two defendants, Thijs V. from the city of Houten and Mike W. from the city of Muiden, will each have to serve sentences of six years, local news outlet RTL Niews reports.The drug dealers had purportedly distributed dozens of pounds of hard drugs, mainly MDMA.Most of the packages were disguised as unassuming gifts, hidden in peanut butter jars or postcards, and then shipped to various parts around the globe.“They made every effort to carry out their trade in a refined manner,” commented the Dutch Midden-Nederland court.Prior to getting busted, the two men had reportedly traded illegal substances worth well over $470,000 (approximately €400,000).
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Free streaming TV service Pluto TV announced today it has received a new $5 million investment from Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, the VC arm of the Samsung Group.Combined with other investors, the full round totaled $8.3 million, the company says.Pluto TV declined to disclose the other investors in the round, but said they’re a mix of both new and prior investors.The round follows a $30 million Series B for the streaming service, announced a year ago, which valued the business at $140 million.While that round was more focused on helping fuel Pluto TV’s expansion into the European market, the funds from Samsung could be viewed as more of a strategic investment from a partner.(Pluto TV already streams its content on Samsung Smart TVs.)
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Hustler publisher Larry Flynt will pay top dollar for information that could lead to the impeachment of President Trump, and he took out a full-page ad to say so in the Sunday edition of the Washington Post.The ad is a block of text from Flynt and Hustler magazine, offering a $10 million reward for the intel.At the bottom of the page is an email to a tipline as well as a 1-800 hotline number.“We’ve gotten quite a lot of calls,” said freelance staffer running the hotline, who noted that it will be staffed Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT time.(The staffer declined to give his name, instead referring Adweek to a PR director for Larry Flynt Publications.)“Of course, the ad just came out yesterday.
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After my column about Home Service Ads came out last week, I got a message from Google with some great news.They told me two things:Google plans to add pure service-area businesses (SABs) back into the local results — this includes home-based businesses.The disappearance of results for home-based businesses in markets without Home Service Ads was due to a bug (not intentional), which Google says should be resolved soon.So, almost a year after deciding to remove service-area businesses from the local results, I’m starting to see that Google is adding them back.[Read the full article on Search Engine Land.]
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Older flagship models are sometimes still the better choice to get than some current low-end devices, especially when the price is more or less the same.But the value is of course still on the side of the former titans, just like in case of the legendary ZUK Z1, which is now selling really almost for peanuts.ZUK Z1 in its glory days has been one of the very popular phones out there, mostly due to the highly customizable CyanogenOS 12.1.It’s maybe packing an aging processor Snapdragon 801 coupled with 3 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, but the build quality is still superior and for normal usage it’s more than enough powerful.Add into the equation the 5,5-inch FullHD display, 13MP+8MP cameras with OIS, big 4100 mAh battery, USB Type-C port or front fingerprint sensor and it’s looking quite good even today.Especially when you just take a glance at the price, because the ZUK Z1 International edition is available for just $123.49/€110.49 and that’s not really a high price for any phone, not to mention former top of the line.
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Noah was our guest for Tough Love Tuesday and discussed how to use marketing growth hacks to grow your email list, get more traffic and create a better user experience.I have some good news for you...You can make it happen right now.Here are just a few reasons why you should be growing your email list in 2017:Email has been the 1 most profitable marketing channel for 10 years in a rowEmail is 40x more effective than social media for customer acquisition[*]
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Normally, I love looking into the physics of superheroes—the flying, the swinging, the clobbering.But this time, physics shows up in a different way.Near the beginning of the movie, a scene shows Peter Parker in his physics class.Linear could mean in one dimension.Now consider this mass swinging on a string.Second, it changes direction because the string makes it move in a circle.
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To celebrate the release of Gran Turismo Sport on October 18 Nissan has done something very cool.It took a Nissan GT-R and turned it into a full-size RC car that is controlled by a DualShock 4 controller to create the GT-R /C.The giant RC car was driven around Silverstone race track by Jann Mardenborough, the winner of GT Academy.The driver of the car was flown around behind the GT-R /C in a helicopter and controlled the car from there.If you have never driven a fast RC car, you might not know how hard it is to control the vehicle when it is coming towards you, controls are reversed in that instance.Being in the helicopter with the car always pointing away from you makes things easier.
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And fans have argued about it for three decades."I love questions," said "2049" director Denis Villeneuve when we met to discuss the film.The 1982 sci-fi classic "Blade Runner" first brought Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, to the big screen.As a state-sanctioned "Blade Runner", his job was to hunt and kill illegal bioengineered androids known as replicants.Uncovering a horrifying conspiracy, K seeks out Deckard and brings the older cop back into the centre of conflict between human and replicant.He isn't blessed with superhuman strength like the other replicants, but he is shown with glowing eyes, a visual cue identifying androids.
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Vi har införskaffat oss en iMac av årsmodell 2017.Den är snabb och härlig men är det inte så att det är hopplöst tråkigt att de inte har uppdaterat formen på så många år?
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It's no secret that Apple has been taking advantage of a lucrative system that lets it avoid paying a significant amount of tax, all thanks to Ireland.Tim Cook might have called the EU's decision to claim Apple's back tax "maddening" and "political crap", but after a meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron, it sounds like he's changing his tune a bit.Apple's European headquarters are in Ireland, and has argued that all sales made within Europe should be taxed there, instead of the host country.Essentially meaning that the company is deliberately funnelling money through Ireland, which has been accused of illegally offering Apple a deal that sees it pay lower taxes.The country already has a low corporation tax rate, but reports claim Apple only had to pay 2.5 per cent.Cook's meeting with Macron apparently didn't bring up the topic of past tax, but reports indicate that the French president argues that money generated from sales should be taxed in the country they were made.
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The Smart Crossing, a prototype that alerts drivers when pedestrians are crossing the road and lets pedestrians know when it is safe to walk, has been unveiled in London.More of the latest breaking news, live streams and analysis from Telegraph Video...More of the latest lifestyle content, recipes and tutorials from Telegraph Video....
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Smartwatches are gaining popularity in the wearable world, but most make themselves painfully known by looking like high-tech gadgets.While devices like Fossil's Q hybrid devices toe the line between smartwatches and smart jewelry, other devices focus more on style and personality than they do on tech.Underneath the stone is an LED that glows in eight different colors depending on who's calling or messaging you.The design is attractive yet simple enough to go with any kind of outfit, but I wouldn't say the overall look warrants the $195 price tag.Ela recommends charging the bracelet every night when you go to bed, which makes sense since most people don't wear jewelry when they sleep.When turned on, you will certainly need to charge the battery every night.
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Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.DNA of a strategic marketing operations leader: 3 seismic shifts, Part 2Oct 6, 2017 by Debbie QaqishIn Part 2 of a series, contributor Debbie Qaqish takes a look at the evolving role today’s successful marketing operations leader plays within an organization.Are Home Service Ads the death of home-based businesses on Google?Oct 6, 2017 by Joy Hawkins
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The European Space Agency has a trick question for you.It shared a photo showing the glowing orb of the sun with two objects dotting along in front of it, along with this caption: "Is it a bird?"The answer is yes, but the image also shows the International Space Station transiting our star.The line at a diagonal is the ISS, while the line going up and down shows a bird in flight.The photo comes from an astronomy club at the ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre near Madrid.Thanks to the camera's perspective, the bird appears to be the same size as the space station.
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With any iOS update also comes battery issues.Being able to handle iOS 11 isn’t a problem for the next-generation iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X, which all include an A11 Bionic chip.On Apple’s forums, multiple users have been complaining that their batteries have been draining extremely fast since downloading iOS 11.If you haven’t updated to iOS 11 yet, you might want to hold off until the issue gets fixed in the next update.Find which apps are taking up the most power by going to Settings > Battery power.There’s also always the option to contact the developer of the app if the issue continues to happen.
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