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Vast archive of tweets reveals work of trolls backed by Russia and Iran



Two misinformation campaigns spent years sowing discord in US and elsewhere

More than 10m tweets sent by state actors attempting to influence US politics have been released to the public, forming one of the largest archives of political misinformation ever collated.

The database reveals the astonishing extent of two misinformation campaigns, which spent more than five years sowing discord in the US and had spillover effects in other national campaigns, including Britain’s EU referendum.

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Chinese search firm Baidu joins global AI ethics body



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

The AI ethics body formed by five of the largest US corporations has expanded to include its first Chinese member, the search firm Baidu.

The Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society – known as the Partnership on AI (PAI) – was formed in 2016 by Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft to act as an umbrella organisation for the five companies to conduct research, recommend best practices and publish briefings on areas including ethics, privacy and trustworthiness of AI.

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Salesforce CEO: tech billionaires ‘hoard their money’ and won’t help homeless



In Guardian interview, Marc Benioff calls out Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and others for failing to give back to city where they got rich

Marc Benioff, the Salesforce CEO, has escalated his attacks on fellow San Francisco billionaires, saying they are “hoarding” money and don’t want to help the homeless.

In an interview with the Guardian on Tuesday, the tech entrepreneur intensified his criticisms of Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, saying: “He just doesn’t want to give, that’s all. And he hasn’t given anything of consequence in the city.”

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Fair Work Commission to decide whether retweet equals endorsement



Australian union asks workplace tribunal deputy president to recuse himself over retweet

Australia’s Fair Work Commission has been asked to consider whether a retweet equals an endorsement, in a motion that accuses the commission’s own senior deputy president of bias.

In March 2016, senior deputy president Jonathan Hamberger retweeted a tweet from Liberal minister Michaelia Cash that criticised the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).

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Uber targets $120bn valuation for 2019 flotation – report



Valuation would make ride-hailing app worth more than three times as much as Ford

Uber could target a valuation of $120bn (£91bn) in a stock market flotation planned for next year, according to reports in the US, after Wall Street banks advised the ride-hailing app that it was worth more than three times that of the carmarker Ford.

The ride-hailing app, which has never made a profit, has said it wants to list shares on the New York stock market next year in what is likely to be the most eagerly awaited listing of 2019.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro launches with in-screen fingerprint sensor



Feature-packed Android phone is first widely available with scanner embedded in screen alongside 3D face unlocking

Huawei’s new Mate 20 Pro has a massive screen, three cameras on the back and a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display.

The new top-end phone from the Chinese firm aims to secure its place at the top of the market alongside Samsung, having recently beaten Apple to become the second-largest smartphone manufacturer in August.

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Amazon launches water-resistant Kindle Paperwhite



Update of popular e-reader introduces thinner and lighter design, Bluetooth compatibility and audiobook support

Amazon has launched a new version of its popular Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, which is thinner, lighter and now finally water resistant.

The new 2018 Kindle Paperwhite is the second Amazon e-ink device to be given the water resistance treatment following the launch of the Rolls Royce of e-readers, the £230 Oasis, in 2017.

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Facebook accused of censorship after hundreds of US political pages purged



The removal of 800 pages and accounts came as a shock to many on the left and right

On Thursday, Facebook announced it had removed more than 800 political pages and accounts for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” and spamming.

This week, the people behind the pages Facebook purged for being inauthentic are angry. They feel they have been unfairly targeted for practices they say are common across the entire social network.

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