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Tech News from around the web, in case you missed it: 22/10/2018

1

Facebook hires former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg

BBC

Facebook has hired former deputy prime minister Sir Nick Clegg as head of its global affairs and communications team.

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2

Now Apps Can Track You Even After You Uninstall Them

Bloomberg

New trackers make it easy for developers to identify fed-up users and pester them with targeted ads.

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3

India Has Already Hit Record Number of $1 Billion Startups This Year

Bloomberg

The country’s latest generation of $1 billion apps have focused on local issues in education, logistics, and lodging.

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4

China Is the World’s Retail Laboratory

Bloomberg

Companies are testing a range of concepts, from facial-recognition payment systems to fully automated convenience stores.

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5

U.S. Charges Russian With Trying to Influence 2018 Midterms

Wall Street Journal

U.S. intelligence agencies also say Russia, China and Iran unsuccessfully attempted to intervene in elections.

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6

Saudis’ Image Makers: A Troll Army and a Twitter Insider

The New York Times

Online attackers who targeted Jamal Khashoggi were part of a broad effort ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his close advisers to silence Saudi critics.

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7

How the Blockchain Could Break Big Tech’s Hold on A.I.

The New York Times

Pairing artificial intelligence and the blockchain might be what you would expect from a scammer looking to make a quick buck in 2018.

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8

Matrix Partners Co-Leads $100M Series E Round In Chinese Cloud-Based HR Firm Beisen

China Money Network

Chinese cloud-based human resource software as a service (SaaS) firm Beisen has raised over US$100 million in series E financing round from Matrix Partners and Hong Kong-based investment firm Genesis Capital.

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9

Chinese search firm Baidu joins global AI ethics body

The Guardian

Company is first Chinese member of Partnership on AI, following, Google, Apple, Facebook and others.

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10

Alibaba, SenseTime Launches Hong Kong AI Lab To Finance Seven Start-Ups

China Money Network

The Hong Kong artificial intelligence lab (HKAI Lab), backed by Chinese artificial intelligence company SenseTime and Alibaba, has unveiled its first batch of seven start-ups that it will financing under its accelerator program.

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11

WhatsApp Bans More Than 100,000 Accounts in Brazil Election

Bloomberg

WhatsApp banned hundreds of thousands of accounts in Brazil as the Facebook Inc. messaging service struggles to contain spam, misinformation and political shenanigans ahead of a runoff election in Latin America’s largest country.

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12

In Facebook’s Effort to Fight Fake News, Human Fact-Checkers Struggle to Keep Up

Wall Street Journal

The social network’s algorithms scan billions of posts each day in hopes of flagging misinformation before it goes viral; humans can’t keep up

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13

Twitter Purges More Accounts Linked To Alex Jones And Infowars

Newsweek

Twitter has taken steps to stop talk show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones sneaking back onto the platform, purging more accounts affiliated with his content.

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14

On the eve of the Saudi economic summit, we’re about to see just how damaged they are in Silicon Valley

Recode

Here’s what to watch for as Davos in the Desert begins.

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15

Who’s Winning the Social Media Midterms?

The New York Times

After President Trump’s popularity on social media helped propel him to an upset victory in 2016, Democrats vowed to catch up. Two years later, their efforts appear to be paying off.

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16

M.I.T. Plans College for Artificial Intelligence, Backed by $1 Billion

The New York Times

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is taking a particularly ambitious step in preparing students to develop, and consider the implications of, artificial intelligence. It is creating a new college, backed by a planned investment of $1 billion.

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17

Uber and Lyft Charge Toward Potential I.P.O.s Next Year

The New York Times

Uber and Lyft have for years battled for customers in the fast-growing ride-hailing business. Now the bitter rivals may fight for investors in their initial public offerings.

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18

Tech suffers from lack of humanities, says Mozilla head

Guardian

Mitchell Baker says firms should hire philosophy and psychology graduates to tackle misinformation.

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19

Why is the internet so overwhelmingly male?

Guardian

The internet is overwhelmingly male. Men are on average 33.5% more likely to have internet access than women, according to the Inclusive Internet Index, a survey of 86 countries that are home to 91% of the global population. In some poor, urban areas, men outnumber women online by as much as two to one.

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20

Almost 50% of the world is online. What about the other 50%?

Guardian

There are two kinds of people in the world: those with internet access and those without. But the decades-long drive to convert the latter into the former is beginning to falter, the Guardian reveals today, prompting hard questions about whether connecting the world is even possible.

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21

Is blockchain living up to the hype?

BBC

As we approach Bitcoin's 10th anniversary at the end of this month, we ask whether blockchain - the technology underpinning the cryptocurrency - is fulfilling its promise, or a tech still looking for a better reason to exist.

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22

Google says it 'internally tested' censored China search engine

Al Jazeera

New search engine dubbed Project Dragonfly has been criticised as it will censor results critical of Chinese government.

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23

The Softbank CEO has reportedly canceled his event at the Saudi investment conference

CNBC

The CEO of technology investment firm SoftBank has become the latest high-profile business figure to withdraw from a major finance conference in Saudi Arabia.

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24

Minds, the blockchain-based social network, grabs a $6M Series A

Tech Crunch

Minds, a decentralized social network, has raised $6 million in Series A funding from Medici Ventures, Overstock.com’s venture arm. Overstock  CEO Patrick Byrne will join the Minds Board of Directors.

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