Good morning! Here’s the tech news you need to start your week.
1. Facebook is under fire after one of its execs, Rob Goldman, railed against the Russia coverage in a tweet that Trump cited. Goldman, who said most Russian ads were bought after the 2016 presidential election, was retweeted by President Donald Trump as proof that the media is “fake news.”
2. A Russian troll factory, among other entities, was found to have a $US1.25 million (£890,000) monthly budget to interfere in the 2016 US election. Among the entities are the Internet Research Agency, a known troll factory based in Russia that used bots to spread fake news and sow discord in the US.
3. Amazon is expanding its business-to-business marketplace, Amazon Business, into the medical supply industry.The company’s plan is ultimately to become a major supplier to US hospitals.
4. About 15 million indie content creators in the US have reportedly used nine internet-based services to earn about $US6 billion (£4.2 billion) in 2016. The services are Amazon Publishing, eBay, Etsy, Instagram, Shapeways, Tumblr, Twitch, WordPress, and YouTube.
5. Facebook announced that it will mail postcards to would-be buyers of election-related ads mentioning federal candidates. The firm will also have codes to verify their identity and location.
6. A Swiss financial supervisor has published guidelines meant to support the ICO market. The guidelines mainly clarify when anti-money laundering and security laws apply to them.
7. The Internet Archive and others are looking at blockchain as a technology potentially useful to its job. The digital library said the blockchain could help them create tamper-proof archives resistant to meddling from governments and billionaires with agendas.
8. Twitter said it needs a scalable policy for the authenticity of content published on its platform. The decision has come after a journalist was harassed because of doctored screenshots showing messages she didn’t post.
9. Snap founder and CEO Evan Spiegel has sold $US50 million in company stocks last week. That was his first stock sales since the company’s IPO last March.
10. Twitter is discontinuing its official Mac app after years of support. The app had an average user rating on the App Store of 1.7 out of 5.
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