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Facebook gave more user data access to tech firms than previously known: report

“Facebook granted major tech companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Netflix access to users’ personal data in ways not previously disclosed, according to interviews and internal documents reported by The New York Times” reports thehill.com. The agreements between Facebook and tech companies applied to more than 150 companies, most of which are technology and online retail sites, the Times reported.”Protecting people’s information requires stronger teams, better technology, and clearer policies, and that’s where we’ve been focused for most of 2018.”.  Source: thehill.com Share This:

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Toronto-based Ada, which helps companies develop their own AI-powered customer service chatbots, raises $14M Series A led by FirstMark Capital

“Founded out of Toronto in 2016, Ada develops chatbots and related artificial intelligence (AI) software to help companies manage inbound customer queries” writes Paul Sawers for venturebeat.com. Indeed, chatbots are now permeating many facets of industry, and customer contact centers are an obvious conduit for such technology to thrive. Source: venturebeat.com Share This:

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FSMA Flags 14 Crypto Trading Platforms, as Crypto Scams Grow

“You can see the list of the 14 suspected scams and their websites here” writes Celeste Skinner for financemagnates.com. However, some of the trading platforms don’t just offer cryptocurrencies, they also offer more traditional financial instruments to trade such as foreign exchange, indexes and commodities.With the additions, the list of suspected cryptocurrency scams now includes a total of 113 websites.In addition, the FSMA also highlights that despite previous warnings, the regulator is still receiving new complaints from consumers who have invested in virtual currencies through these trading platforms.The Financial Services and…

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AvaTrade Adds Stellar and Dash to Its Platform

“Cryptocurrency trading is at a key juncture, with Bitcoin and other altcoins recently reaching multi-year lows” writes Aziz Abdel-qader for financemagnates.com. AvaTrade has expanded its cryptocurrency offering with the introduction of two new coins to its CFDs suite. The program was aimed at attracting cryptocurrency traders, to accommodate the brokerage’s efforts to consistently expand its crypto CFD assets.This includes Stellar (XLMUSD) and Dash (DASHUSD), which represent the latest additions to a growing portfolio of cryptos available for clients.Over the past year, AvaTrade has steadily added crypto instruments to its offering…

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Instagram was the ‘most effective’ platform for Russian actors spreading misinformation, says Senate-commissioned report

“Of the 116,000 Instagram posts the company provided for the report, researchers found 187 million engagements on the platform” writes Christina Farr for cnbc.com. When reached for comment, a Facebook spokesperson pointed CNBC to several blog posts about how they have handled Russian activity on their platforms, including Instagram.The IRA could also potentially identify “committed audiences” to target people with similar profile traits through Facebook’s ad platform. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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‘Only Promising Coins, No Listing Fees’: Project to Build the Most Secure Crypto Exchange

“Bitrue currently has 16 XRP trading pairs” writes Connor Blenkinsop for cointelegraph.com. Its CEO, Curis Wang, said: “Bitrue is committed to list only legitimate and promising tokens on our platform.” The platform charges no listing fee, aiming to build “the most professional and clean” investment environment.Describing itself as a project which is not just an exchange but rather a “community” as well as a “one-stop solution” for investors, Bitrue was launched with the goal of becoming the most intuitive and secure crypto platform.Apart from trading services, it offers asset management…

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Bitcoin climbs above $3,400, headed for biggest daily rise in nearly three weeks

“LONDON (Reuters) – Bitcoin rose sharply on Monday, climbing above $3,400 in a move traders ascribed to heavy buying on Japan and Hong Kong-based exchanges” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The original cryptocurrency jumped as much as 11 percent on the Bitstamp platform and was headed for its biggest daily rise since Nov. 28. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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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 produced for the Senate Intelligence Committee” reports nytimes.com. The report adds new details to the portrait that has emerged over the last two years of the energy and imagination of the Russian effort to sway American opinion and divide the…

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Discord is offering developers a 90/10 revenue split

“Discord, which started selling games through its chat platform in August, will allow developers to self-publish games with a 90/10 revenue split from 2019” reports pcgamer.com. So from 2019, Discord is turning its store into a “self-serve game publishing platform”.Any developer will be able to publish on the store and keep 90 percent of their revenue. Source: pcgamer.com Share This:

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Ethereum-Based Chat Platform Lays Off 25% of Staff Due to Crypto Market Decline

“Ethereum (ETH)-based chat platform Status is laying off 25 percent of its staff due to the recent cryptocurrency market decline, according to a post published Dec. 11” writes Ana Alexandre for cointelegraph.com. The crypto market experienced a harsh fall on Nov. 14, with Bitcoin (BTC) slumping from its average trading price of around $6,400 to as low as $5,506. The coin’s market capitalization is nearly $47 million, and its total supply is over 6.8 billion coins, according to CoinMarketCap. Source: cointelegraph.com Share This:

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