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Bits: The Week in Tech: Hostages in the U.S. and China Tech Cold War

He declined to discuss the detained Canadians or Ms. Meng’s arrest. In a way, Huawei is itself a hostage of larger conflicts. The company has built a globally respected brand. It has won customers by investing in research and development, providing attentive service — and driving its employees really, really …

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The Shift: Social Media’s Forever War

Social networks, after all, are not extensions of the United States government. They are owned by corporations seeking to maximize their growth and profitability, and many of them operate mostly outside the United States. (It’s useful to periodically recall that fewer than 10 percent of Facebook’s users are American.) The …

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Russian Effort to Influence 2016 Election Targeted African-Americans

The Russian influence campaign on social media in the 2016 election made an extraordinary effort to target African-Americans, used an array of tactics to try to suppress turnout among Democratic voters and unleashed a blizzard of posts on Instagram that rivaled or exceeded its Facebook operations, according to a report …

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Iranians Accused in Cyberattacks, Including One That Hobbled Atlanta

Two Iranians were behind the ransomware attack that crippled Atlanta’s government for days this year, the Justice Department said in an indictment unsealed on Wednesday, detailing a sophisticated scheme of attacks on hospitals, government agencies and other organizations. The men, Faramarz Shahi Savandi and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, chose targets …

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Minister in Charge of Japan’s Cybersecurity Says He Has Never Used a Computer

HONG KONG — A lot of people don’t use computers. Most of them aren’t in charge of a nation’s cybersecurity. But one is. Japanese lawmakers were aghast on Wednesday when Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, the minister who heads the government’s cybersecurity office, said during questioning in Parliament that he had no …

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Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

Three years ago, Mr. Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook in 2004 while attending Harvard, was celebrated for the company’s extraordinary success. Ms. Sandberg, a former Clinton administration official and Google veteran, had become a feminist icon with the publication of her empowerment manifesto, “Lean In,” in 2013. Like other technology executives, …

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Bits: The Week in Tech: Social Media Faces Another Election Test

Crazy, right? Not so fast, says my colleague Kevin Roose. We shouldn’t be letting Facebook off the hook so easily. It was months of pressure that made Facebook take disinformation issues seriously. Just because we made it through the midterms without a significant impact from disinformation doesn’t mean meddlers won’t …

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Russian Trolls Were at It Again Before Midterms, Facebook Says

Facebook took down the accounts on Monday, a day before it provided more details. The Facebook accounts were largely communicating in French and Russian, while the Instagram accounts were aimed at an English-language audience, Mr. Gleicher said in a blog post. The company has spent the past 18 months grappling …

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Facebook Removes Iranian Network That Was Spreading Disinformation

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Friday that it had identified and removed a new influence network that originated in Iran and that was spreading disinformation to people in the United States and Britain. The company said it took down more than 82 pages, groups and accounts, including 30 Facebook …

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