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Twitter begins emailing the 677,775 Americans who took Russian election bait

Ars Technica - 32 min 12 sec ago

Enlarge / Maybe Twitter should try this approach for the 677,775 emails it says it will soon send to affected users. (credit: Warner Bros. / Sam Machkovech)

On Friday, Twitter took an end-of-the-week opportunity to dump some better-late-than-never news onto its userbase. For anybody who followed or engaged with a Twitter account that faked like an American during the 2016 election season but was actually linked to a major Russian propaganda campaign, you're about to get an email.

Twitter announced that it would contact a massive number of users with that news: 677,775 users to be exact. This count includes those who interacted with the 3,814 accounts that Twitter has directly linked to the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the Russian troll farm whose election-related meddling was exposed in 2017.

That number of accounts, Twitter noted, is a jump from Twitter's prior count of 2,812 IRA-linked trolls, which it had disclosed as part of an October 2017 hearing in Congress. Twitter says that this specific pool of troll accounts generated 175,993 posts during the 2016 period of activity that Twitter has been analyzing, and the service noted that 8.4 percent of those posts were "election-related." In its Friday disclosure, Twitter did not take the opportunity to acknowledge how the remaining percentage of these posts, which included anything from "I'm a real person" idle banter to indirect and divisive messaging, may have ultimately contributed to the troll farm's impact. (For example: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey bit, and bit hard, on a known IRA account by retweeting two of its 2016 posts.)

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Twitter breaks bad news to 677,775 twits: You were duped by Russia

The Register - 41 min 14 sec ago
Election manipulation wasn't as bad as feared – it was worse

Twitter says it will warn hundreds of thousands of tweeters who deliberately or inadvertently interacted with Kremlin bots during the 2016 US presidential election.…

Twitter says Russian propaganda more widespread than estimated - CNET

cNET.com - News - 49 min 25 sec ago
The social network will email more than 600,000 users in the US who saw tweets from Russian-linked accounts during 2016 election.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai doesn't regret firing James Damore - CNET

cNET.com - News - 53 min 21 sec ago
After accidentally turning Damore into a conservative hero, Google execs say the former employee violated company rules. Period.

FCC drops idiotic plans to downgrade entire nation's internet speeds

The Register - 58 min 18 sec ago
US regulator won't pretend that mobile networks are equivalent to landlines

Analysis America's favorite government watchdog – the Federal Communications Commission – has backtracked on plans to downgrade the entire country's internet, agreeing to maintain its current definition of what is broadband speed.…

SpaceX might fire up Falcon Heavy's 27 engines Monday - CNET

cNET.com - News - 59 min 50 sec ago
Elon Musk's next big thing will get fully lit up for the first time as soon as next week.

Acura RDX's chief engineer breaks down what's new and hot for us - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 42 sec ago
Stephen Frey stopped by the Roadshow stage at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show to talk to Tim Stevens and Brian Cooley about the newly unveiled Acura RDX prototype.

Hyperloop: A visit to the test site of Virgin's train of the future

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 39 min ago
Can a futuristic tube-based transport scheme that shoots pods through a vacuum become a reality?

Get to know the CNET family: Q&A with Katie Collins - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 40 sec ago
Meet our UK reporter who loves CNET so much she worked for our site twice!

Tim Cook: I keep my tween nephew away from social networks - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 19, 2018 - 11:46pm
Commentary: Speaking to students in the UK, the Apple CEO also says learning coding is more important than learning a foreign language.

In Soviet California, pedestrian hits you! Bloke throws himself in front of self-driving car

The Register - January 19, 2018 - 11:45pm
We're not sure why but maybe it will become a thing

While commuter buses ferrying Apple and Google employees have been rerouted to avoid being shot at – reportedly with a pellet gun – GM Cruise has had less success keeping one of its self-driving cars out of harm's way.…

Facebook will ask us to decide what's 'high quality' news - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 19, 2018 - 11:45pm
To curb "misinformation and polarization," Facebook will prioritize news from "trustworthy" publishers -- and its users will decide who's trustworthy.

Q Acoustics M2 review - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - January 19, 2018 - 11:29pm
The Q Acoustics M2 is a decent sound base that offers vocal clarity -- but not enough oomph.

Photo format from Google and Mozilla could leave JPEG in the dust - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 19, 2018 - 11:12pm
Apple's got one idea for next-gen photo technology, but a rival approach based on the new AV1 video compression tech could go a step further.

America restarts dodgy spying program – just as classified surveillance abuse memo emerges

The Register - January 19, 2018 - 10:21pm
There is literally nothing decent in this story

Analysis The US Senate reauthorized a controversial NSA spying program on Thursday – and then, because it's 2018 and nothing matters any more, embarked on a partisan battle over a confidential memo that outlines Uncle Sam's alleged abuse of surveillance powers.…

Apple MacBook Air review - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - January 19, 2018 - 10:04pm
When the Apple MacBook Air was introduced ten years ago, it was different than anything we'd seen before.

Audi Smart Energy Network pilot has EVs assisting the grid - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - January 19, 2018 - 9:07pm
Instead of taxing a local grid, Audi's cars could help bolster it.

The Galaxy S9 could get some serious camera upgrades - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 19, 2018 - 9:00pm
Like dual cameras on the Galaxy S9 Plus only.

OnePlus got pwned, exposed up to 40,000 users to credit card fraud

Ars Technica - January 19, 2018 - 8:55pm

Enlarge / If you bought directly from OnePlus in the last two months or so, double-check your credit card statements.

Earlier this week, numerous reports of credit card fraud started pouring in from OnePlus users. On the company's forums, customers said that credit cards used to purchase a OnePlus smartphone recently were also seeing bogus charges, so OnePlus launched an investigation into the reports. It's now a few days later, and the company has admitted that its servers were compromised—"up to 40,000 users" may have had their credit card data stolen.

OnePlus has posted a FAQ on the incident. "One of our systems was attacked," the post reads. "A malicious script was injected into the payment page code to sniff out credit card info while it was being entered." OnePlus believes the script was functional from "mid-November 2017" to January 11, 2018, and it captured credit card numbers, expiration dates, and security codes that were typed into the site during that time. Users who paid via PayPal or previously entered credit card information are not believed to be affected.

OnePlus says it "cannot apologize enough for letting something like this happen." The company is contacting accounts it believes to have been affected via email, and OnePlus says it is "working with our current payment providers to implement a more secure credit card payment method, as well as conducting an in-depth security audit."

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Windows Mixed Reality headset prices cut in half on Amazon - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 19, 2018 - 8:52pm
If $200 is your sweet spot for a VR headset and controllers, now's your chance.

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