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Facebook's plan to label state media is taking longer than expected

The challenge, you might imagine, is that different state-backed media organizations have different levels of control. Outlets like Russia’s RT and China’s Xinhua are more directly controlled by their host countries and often serve as propaganda outlets, but others like the UK’s BBC and Canada’s CBC are kept at arm’s …

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Snapchat Cameo edits your face into videos

Snapchat is preparing to launch a big new feature that uses your selfies to replace the faces of people in videos you can then share. It’s essentially a simplified way to Deepfake you into GIFs. Cameos are an alternative to Bitmoji for quickly conveying an emotion, reaction, or silly situation …

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The inevitable takedown of the female CEO

Four years ago when I founded Winnie, I set out to build a different kind of startup. Above and beyond any success our business achieved, it was most important to me that we create a culture where people would want to work. As a new mom at the time, I …

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Hackers targeted BMW, Hyundai in hunt for trade secrets

BMW declined to comment on the specific case, saying instead that it had “structures and processes” that both limited external hacking attempts and would let it quickly spot and recover from intrusions. Hyundai hasn’t responded to requests for comment so far. The culprits may have been easy to identify, though. …

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‘Reno 911!’ is coming back as a Quibi exclusive

Series creators Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon and Kerri Kenney-Silver will return to star in and write the reboot — we use the term write loosely here since most of the dialogue in Reno 911! was famously improvised. As for the rest of the cast, they’ll be announced at a …

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RaySecur, a mailroom security startup, raises $3M in seed funding

Raysecur says at least ten times a day someone sends a suspicious package containing powder, liquid, or some other kind of hazard. The Boston, Mass.-based startup says its desktop-sized 3D real-time scanning technology, dubbed MailSecur, can intercept and detect threats in the mailroom before they ever make it onto the …

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Ericsson will pay over $1 billion to settle US corruption charges

The settlement leaves Ericsson largely free of criminal convictions that could have led to sanctions and other stiff penalties, although its Egyptian branch pleaded guilty to violating the FCPA. It’s paying about $520.6 million to the DOJ, while the remaining $539.9 million goes to the SEC. For contrast, companies like …

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