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  • Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts
    5 Eyewitness News St. Paul

    Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts

    Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said in a blog post that one network operated in countries in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, Central Asia and the Caucasus. The other focused on Ukraine. The people running the accounts represented themselves as independent news sources and posted on topics like anti-NATO sentiment and protest movements. "We didn't find any links between these operations, but they used similar tactics by creating networks of accounts to mislead others about who they were and what they were doing," Gleicher said. Gleicher said one network of 364 pages and accounts was linked to employees of Sputnik, a Russian state-run English-language news

  • Business Standard India

    Facebook could be fined from US regulators over privacy violations: Report

    Facebook is facing a "record-setting" fine from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over its handling of user data and privacy violations. According to a report in The New York Times citing sources late Friday, the FTC "is in the advanced stages of its investigation into whether Facebook violated privacy rules and is expected to seek large fines from the company". The highest financial penalty ever imposed by FTC was $22.5 million on Google in 2012 for privacy violations, and the Facebook fine is "expected to be in the excess of that", according to The Washington Post. In April 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was called to testify before Congress after British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica gained access to data of nearly 87 million users without permission.

  • #10YearChallenge meme on Facebook: I celebrate myself and sing myself
    The Daily Star

    #10YearChallenge meme on Facebook: I celebrate myself and sing myself

    From celebrities to survivors of horrific accidents their split-screen photos of #10YearChallenge have gone viral on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This feverish trend of comparing one's present profile photo with the one of ten years back is said to have begun in the second week of January. For last several days, whenever I visit my home page on Facebook, I witness posts of so many of my friends and acquaintances, in a form two photographs of him/ herself, intending to compare how he or she was ten years back. This celebration of the self cannot be termed as self-love or selfishness, rather the capacity, as Whitman understands it, to share it between the "I" and "you" exactly has been materialised in this modern age by the tools of social media.

  • Facebook faces 'record-setting' fine over privacy violations: Report
    The Economic Times

    Facebook faces 'record-setting' fine over privacy violations: Report

    Facebook is facing a "record-setting" fine from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over its handling of user data and privacy violations. According to a report in The New York Times citing sources late Friday, the FTC "is in the advanced stages of its investigation into whether Facebook violated privacy rules and is expected to seek large fines from the company". The highest financial penalty ever imposed by FTC was $22.5 million on Google in 2012 for privacy violations, and the Facebook fine is "expected to be in the excess of that", according to The Washington Post. In April 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was called to testify before Congress after British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica gained access to data of nearly 87 million users without permission.

  • The story behind how a group of pranksters created a pool car
    Yahoo7 News

    The story behind how a group of pranksters created a pool car

    As millions worldwide lap up footage of the bizarre prank, the three men involved have revealed exactly how they managed to pull it off.

  • Gist scores 21 as Iona cruises past Marist 90-77
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Gist scores 21 as Iona cruises past Marist 90-77

    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) — Asante Gist came off the bench to hit four 3-pointers and score 21 points, matching his season high and leading six players in double figures, and Iona continued its dominance of Marist with a 90-77 victory on Friday. Senior Rickey McGill, fresh off his first career Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference player of the week award, pitched in with 16 points and seven assists for the Gaels (6-10, 4-1 MAAC). E.J. Crawford added 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists as Iona beat the Red Foxes (6-11, 1-4) for the 18th time in the last 19 games and increased their overall record in the series to 48-16. Jahnathan Maxwell had 13 points, Ben Perez scored 12 and Tajuan Agee had

  • Facebook ran ads claiming Brexit threatened animals amid fresh claims it is 'pumping out fake news'
    Daily Mail

    Facebook ran ads claiming Brexit threatened animals amid fresh claims it is 'pumping out fake news'

    Facebook was accused of 'pumping out fake news' yesterday after the social media site ran adverts claiming animals were threatened by Brexit. Two prominent pro-Remain campaign groups paid the US firm hundreds of thousands of pounds to run the ads intended to raise support for a second referendum. Data from the social media site shows that People's Vote UK and Best for Britain spent £373,587 in the run-up to last week's vote on Theresa May's Brexit plan, according to the Daily Telegraph. Leave-backing groups spent £93,000. Facebook reveals who is buying political adverts on the site but groups do not have to reveal how the campaigns are financed. The social media site is already being investigated

  • Rescuers crawl across 40 feet of ice to save man and dog from frozen pond
    USA Today

    Rescuers crawl across 40 feet of ice to save man and dog from frozen pond

    A man trying to save his dog from a partially frozen pond at Carousel Park was rescued from the frigid waters by firefighters Friday. A man and his dog were rescued from an icy Delaware pond Friday afternoon.  The man fell into a pond at Carousel Park in Pike Creek at about 3 p.m. while chasing his dog, according to Jon Stewart of the Mill Creek Fire Company.  The ice gave way, and the dog fell through, followed by the man. Firefighters were already out at the park responding to an alarm at the park's stables, so they immediately responded.  The man was about 40 feet from the bank, Stewart said. Crews donned wetsuits and grabbed water rescue supplies before heading out into the freezing water.

  • Facebook To Befriend, Back Local Newsrooms
    Sonoma Valley, CA Patch

    Facebook To Befriend, Back Local Newsrooms

    MENLO PARK, CA -- Imagine a cash cow for most financially struggling newsrooms. Facebook has spent the last few years facing the occasional diatribe from the people who buy the ink by the barrel — from trying to ward off foreign interests using the platform to influence U.S. elections to privacy issues among their users. This time, the social media giant intends to be on the other side of press attention. The Menlo Park-based company plans to invest $300 million in the last bastions of truth, in particular on a local level with programs, partnerships and content. Its news partnerships chief, Campbell Brown, said the company spent much of last year evaluating and understanding what kind of news

  • Teens incite controversy with 'Trump 2020' flag at high school basketball game: 'Please explain how and why this is appropriate'
    Yahoo Lifestyle

    Teens incite controversy with 'Trump 2020' flag at high school basketball game: 'Please explain how and why this is appropriate'

    During a basketball game between Roosevelt High School and Jordan High School in Minnesota, a group of teen spectators held a "Trump 2020" flag, causing concern among the public.

  • King cake babies, once blocked by Facebook for "excessive nudity," now fair game
    The Advocate

    King cake babies, once blocked by Facebook for "excessive nudity," now fair game

    Tiny plastic king cake babies wearing nothing but their birthday suits are no longer subject to censorship on social media.  The traditional charm found inside the king cake, itself an edible emblem of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, had earlier been deemed too lewd for Facebook, a local advertising firm recently discovered. Ads showing the buck naked plastic babies, promotions for the firm's king cake contest, had been flagged by the social media company, which blocked their distribution for "depicting excessive skin or nudity."  Innovative Advertising, the Mandeville-based company that produces the annual King Cake Snob competition, quickly seized on the marketing potential of the Facebook faux

  • Injury wreck on I-40W forcing lane closures Friday evening
    Knoxville News Sentinel

    Injury wreck on I-40W forcing lane closures Friday evening

    , Knoxville News Sentinel Published 6:22 p.m. ET Jan. 18, 2019 Several tips on what to do if you're involved in an auto accident. Emergency officials are responding to a wreck with injury on Intestate 40 westbound in Knoxville during rush hour on Friday. The wreck was reported just before 6 p.m., according to a Knox County E-911 dispatcher, and was reported with injury. It was unclear how many people had been injured.  The Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville Fire Department and AMR ambulances were on the scene. TDOT SmartWay cameras showed a white SUV and a white sedan sitting in the inside lanes of I-40W shortly after the wreck was reported. Like this story? Stay up-to-date with the things

  • Johnny Bench's career, fatherhood are subjects of 'MLB Network Presents' documentary
    Cincinnati.com

    Johnny Bench's career, fatherhood are subjects of 'MLB Network Presents' documentary

    Hall of Fame catcher and former Cincinnati Reds great Johnny Bench's legendary Major League Baseball career and life as a father will be the subjects of an "MLB Network Presents" documentary set to debut on Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. on MLB Network. In new interviews, Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson and Tony Perez, 17-time All-Star Pete Rose, award-winning broadcaster and former Reds announcer Al Michaels, Basketball Hall of Fame coach and Ohio native Bobby Knight, award-winning broadcaster Brent Musburger, and country music superstar and fellow Oklahoma native Toby Keith each describe their friendships with Bench, his dominance as a player, and the star power that made him famous both on the field and in pop culture.

  • Rihanna is reportedly planning a luxury brand. Plus, Netflix vs. Fortnite: Friday Wake-Up Call
    adage.com

    Rihanna is reportedly planning a luxury brand. Plus, Netflix vs. Fortnite: Friday Wake-Up Call

    Welcome to Ad Age's Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. You can get an audio version of this briefing on your Alexa device. Search for "Ad Age" under "Skills" in the Alexa app. What people are talking about today Who's the most transformative figure right now in brand-building? It just might be a pop star. Rihanna shook up the beauty industry with her Fenty Beauty, and did the same for the lingerie industry with Savage X Fenty, drawing in fans with her embrace of diversity and savvy use of social media. Now WWD reports that she's in talks to launch a luxury brand with LVMH, the parent company of Dior, Louis Vuitton and Fendi. The New York Times writes:

  • Hillicon Valley: Senate panel subpoenas Roger Stone associate | Streaming giants hit with privacy complaints in Europe | FTC reportedly discussing record fine for Facebook
    The Hill

    Hillicon Valley: Senate panel subpoenas Roger Stone associate | Streaming giants hit with privacy complaints in Europe | FTC reportedly discussing record fine for Facebook

    Welcome to Hillicon Valley, The Hill's newsletter detailing all you need to know about the tech and cyber news from Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley. If you don't already, be sure to sign up for our newsletter with this LINK. Welcome! Follow the cyber team, Olivia Beavers (@olivia_beavers) and Jacqueline Thomsen (@jacq_thomsen), and the tech team, Harper Neidig (@hneidig). SUBPOENA SIREN: The Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed conservative conspiracy theorist and special counsel witness Jerome Corsi, his attorney told The Hill on Friday. The committee is seeking both an interview and documents from Corsi, an associate of longtime GOP operative and Trump ally Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneCorsi