In their first Russia hearing, tech giants try to placate Congress (with mixed results)

In their first Russia hearing, tech giants try to placate Congress (with mixed results)

 On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off the first of three hearings this week examining the relationship between social media and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The hearings mark the first time that lawmakers will hear testimony from Google, Facebook and Twitter around how their platforms were and are manipulated as part of Russian political… Read More Read full story

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Senators Raise Prospect Of Regulating Political Ads On Facebook, Twitter & Google

Senators Raise Prospect Of Regulating Political Ads On Facebook, Twitter & Google

Facebook, Twitter and Google testified today in front of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee about the extent to which Russian operatives used these powerful technology platforms to interfere with the 2016 election and foment division and discord — prompting more than one senator to suggest the need for government regulation. The social media manipulation went beyond initial reports — with some 126 million Facebook users having been exposed to content produced and circulated…Read full story

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Slack went down, and the workers of the world united…on Twitter

Slack went down, and the workers of the world united…on Twitter

Slack went down, and workers were left scrambling. The popular workplace collaboration client suffered “connectivity issues” late Tuesday afternoon (PDT), affecting access to the service worldwide. SEE ALSO: This Slack setting tells you if your boss is spying on your DMs Slack responded to tweets about the outage on Twitter, and on its status page — which had also been working intermittently — it said they were “actively investigating” the problem. We’re sincerely sorry for the service disruption you’re seeing at the moment. We’re working on it with top priority:…

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Metal Gear Solid 5 Is Getting A PlayStation 4 Pro Update

Metal Gear Solid 5 Is Getting A PlayStation 4 Pro Update

Konami isn’t finished updating Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. The game is still set to receive updates well after its launch way back in 2015. The latest update will provide PlayStation 4 Pro gamers with a few new goodies to experience in Hideo Kojima’s swan song for Konami. Read full story

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Sierra/Affinity Swings Sales Rights Deal For ‘Donnybrook’

Sierra/Affinity Swings Sales Rights Deal For ‘Donnybrook’

Sierra/Affinity is set to rep international sales rights to Donnybrook, the actioner from writer-director Tim Sutton based on Frank Bill’s 2013 novel. Frank Grillo, Margaret Qualley, James Badge Dale and Jamie Bell star, and shooting is underway in Cincinnati. The pic from Rumble Films and Backup Media will take meetings at the American Film Market, which starts tomorrow in Santa Monica. Paris-based Backup Media is fully financing and UTA Independent Film Group is repping…Read full story

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