Facebook says it doesn’t know how many followed Russia’s IRA accounts on Instagram; researcher finds that 27 of 170 deleted accounts had ~2.2M followers total (Issie Lapowsky/Wired)

March 4, 2018

Issie Lapowsky / Wired: Facebook says it doesn’t know how many followed Russia’s IRA accounts on Instagram; researcher finds that 27 of 170 deleted accounts had ~2.2M followers total  —  FOR MORE THAN a year, Jonathan Albright has served as something of a one-man General Accounting Office for the tech industry. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Uber Challenges Study Suggesting Its Drivers Earn $3.37 Per Hour

An MIT study using data from more than 1,100 Uber and Lyft drivers concluded they’re earning a median pretax profit of just $3.37 per hour. But now Reuters reports: Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi criticized the MIT study in a tweet on Friday as “Mathematically Incompetent Theories (at least as it pertains to ride-sharing),” and linked to a response by Uber chief economist Jonathan Hall that challenged the study’s methodology….

March 4, 2018
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Diabetes Is Actually Five Separate Diseases, Research Suggests

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Scientists say diabetes is five separate diseases, and treatment could be tailored to each form. Diabetes, or uncontrolled blood sugar levels, is normally split into type 1 and type 2. But researchers in Sweden and Finland think the more complicated picture they have uncovered will usher in an era of personalized medicine for diabetes. The study, by Lund University Diabetes Centre…

March 4, 2018
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Apple To Release a Cheaper MacBook Air Later This Year

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple doesn’t appear to be axing its MacBook Air line, despite it being on the market for ten years. Kuo says Apple is planning to release a 13-inch MacBook Air “with a lower price tag” during the second quarter of 2018, which should help push MacBook shipments up by 10-15 percent this year. 9to5Mac reports: Details on the new MacBook Air…

March 4, 2018
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French economy minister: EU will unveil a proposal for 2% to 6% tax on European revenues of big technology companies within weeks (Alexandre Boksenbaum-Granier/Bloomberg)

March 4, 2018

Alexandre Boksenbaum-Granier / Bloomberg: French economy minister: EU will unveil a proposal for 2% to 6% tax on European revenues of big technology companies within weeks  —  The European Union will unveil a directive within weeks on taxing between 2 percent and 6 percent of big technology companies’ revenue, French economy minister Bruno Le Maire … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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YouTube Hiring For Some Positions Excluded White and Asian Men, Lawsuit Says

Kirsten Grind and Douglas MacMillan report via The Wall Street Journal (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): YouTube last year stopped hiring white and Asian males for technical positions because they didn’t help the world’s largest video site achieve its goals for improving diversity, according to a civil lawsuit filed by a former employee. The lawsuit, filed by Arne Wilberg, a white male who worked at Google for nine…

March 4, 2018
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How California’s zero emissions effort will hurt terminals, trade, jobs

Does California want international trade, or is the state pursuing a policy to drive cargo and jobs away? That’s a question marine terminal operators and ocean carriers are asking with increased regularity. I’m sure other players in California’s supply chain are having similar conversations. With the world’s most-stringent environmental regulations, California state,… Source: http://www.joc.com

March 4, 2018
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Australia Considers Making It Illegal For ISPs To Advertise Inflated Speeds

The Australian government is currently considering a bill that would make it illegal for internet service providers to exaggerate speeds, or else face a fine of up to $1 million. “One constituent says he’s being charged for a 25 megabit per second download speed and a five megabit per second upload and he’s actually getting less than one tenth of that,” said Andrew Wilkie, the Member of Parliament who introduced…

March 4, 2018
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Researchers use speculative execution flaws to design an attack, called SgxPectre, that reads the contents of SGX secure enclaves on Intel CPUs (Richard Chirgwin/The Register)

March 4, 2018

Richard Chirgwin / The Register: Researchers use speculative execution flaws to design an attack, called SgxPectre, that reads the contents of SGX secure enclaves on Intel CPUs  —  And no, you’re not supposed to be able to do that  —  Vid The Spectre design flaws in modern CPUs can be exploited to punch holes through … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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