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Facebook accused of censorship after hundreds of US political pages purged

Facebook accused of censorship after hundreds of US political pages purged
The removal of 800 pages and accounts came as a shock to many on the left and right
Dan Tynan Tue 16 Oct 2018 20.44 EDT First published on Tue 16 Oct 2018 04.00 EDT
On Thursday, Facebook announced it had removed more than 800 political pages and accounts for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” and spamming.
This week, the people behind the pages Facebook purged for being inauthentic are angry. They feel they have been unfairly targeted for practices they say are common across the entire social network.
And those who have built their livelihoods around the power of Facebook to drive traffic to their websites are wondering what to do next.
The controversy highlights the challenges Facebook and other social media sites face when attempting to police the content their members freely provide.
In a related move, on Tuesday, the company announced a way for members to report inaccurate information designed to suppress …

Advertisers Allege Facebook Failed to Disclose Key Metric Error for More Than a Year

Advertisers Allege Facebook Failed to Disclose Key Metric Error for More Than a Year
Facebook knew of problems with how it measured viewership of video ads for more than a year before it revealed them in 2016, according to a complaint filed by advertisers.
Advertisers allege that Facebook knew for more than a year about problems measuring viewership of video ads before disclosing the issue.
By Suzanne Vranica Updated Oct. 16, 2018 4:43 p.m. ET
Facebook Inc. knew of problems in how it measured viewership of video ads on its platform for more than a year before it disclosed them in 2016, according to a complaint filed Tuesday by advertisers.
A group of small advertisers filed a lawsuit in California federal court in 2016, alleging the tech giant engaged in unfair business conduct by disseminating inaccurate metrics that significantly overestimated the amount of time users were spending watching video ads.
The plaintiffs later added a fraud claim, and in Tuesday’s court filing they all…

What Is Wi-Fi 6? New Wi-Fi Names Explained

What Is Wi-Fi 6? New Wi-Fi Names ExplainedThe Wi-Fi Alliance is renaming its Wi-Fi versions. Here's why 802.11n, ac, and ax are becoming Wi-Fi 4, 5, and 6 and what you'll see on routers and devices going forward.

· BySascha SeganOctober 4, 2018 5:37PM EST
Wi-Fi has always had a bit of a branding problem. The ubiquitous wireless networking standard is set by the IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and uses the engineers' arcane numbering system.
The original Wi-Fi standard was numbered 802.11, with speedier extensions getting letters at the end: 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n. Eventually, with more amendments to 802.11 than letters, the engineers started wrapping around: 802.11ad isn't the fourth addition to 802.11a, but an amendment of its own. In any case, that's always been confusing (is ac faster than n?) so finally, the Wi-Fi Alliancethe industry group that handles Wi-Fi certification and branding—has rebranded the speeds for consume…

DHS: Feds Must Assess Possible Continuity of Government Disruption in EMP Attack or GMD

DHS: Feds Must Assess Possible Continuity of Government Disruption in EMP Attack
By BRIDGET JOHNSON OCTOBER 9, 2018
WASHINGTON -- Proper planning for a potentially catastrophic EMP attack has been hampered by knowledge gaps about the nature of such an incident and a lack of authority for the Department of Homeland Security to call the shots in disparate critical infrastructure sectors, according to a new report.
The Strategy for Protecting and Preparing the Homeland against Threats from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD) released today by DHS covers intentional electromagnetic pulse attacks, including high-altitude nuclear detonations, along with naturally occurring geomagnetic disturbances, or solar coronal mass ejections; both could wreak havoc on critical infrastructure such as the power grid, water systems, transportation and communications. "The impacts are likely to cascade, initially compromising one or more critical infrastructure sectors, spil…

Facebook to ban misinformation on voting in upcoming U.S. elections

Exclusive: Facebook to ban misinformation on voting in upcoming U.S. elections
By Joseph Menn OCTOBER 15, 2018 / 1:09 PM
MENLO PARK, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will ban false information about voting requirements and fact-check fake reports of violence or long lines at polling stations ahead of next month’s U.S. midterm elections, company executives told Reuters, the latest effort to reduce voter manipulation on its service.
The world’s largest online social network, with 1.5 billion daily users, has stopped short of banning all false or misleading posts, something that Facebook has shied away from as it would likely increase its expenses and leave it open to charges of censorship.
The latest move addresses a sensitive area for the company, which has come under fire for its lax approach to fake news reports and disinformation campaigns, which many believe affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, won by Donald Trump.
The new policy was disclosed by Facebook’s cyber…

As companies embrace AI, it's a job-seeker's market

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As companies embrace AI, it's a job-seeker's market
By Ann Saphir October 15, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dozens of employers looking to hire the next generation of tech employees descended on the University of California, Berkeley in September to meet students at an electrical engineering and computer science career fair.
Boris Yue, 20, was one of thousands of student attendees, threading his way among fellow job-seekers to meet recruiters.
But Yue wasn’t worried about so much potential competition.While the job outlook for those with computer skills is generally good, Yue is in an even more rarified category: he is studying artificial intelligence, working on technology that teaches machines to learn and think in ways that mimic human cognition.
His choice of specialty makes it unlikely he will have difficulty finding work. "There is no shortage of machine learning opportunities," he said.
He's right.
Artificial intelligence is now being used in an ever-ex…