Weekend tech reading: the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook data fiasco, Ryzen 7 2700X...

Julio Franco

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How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions So the firm (Cambridge Analytica) harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, according to former Cambridge employees, associates and documents, making it one of the largest data leaks in the social network’s history. The breach allowed the company to exploit the private social media activity of a huge swath of the American electorate, developing techniques that underpinned its work on President Trump’s campaign in 2016. NY Times

Also read: Suspending Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group from Facebook FB newsroom

Meet the Man Who’s Spent $70,000 Playing a Mobile Game Sony’s mobile role-playing game “Fate/Grand Order” takes up most of 31-year-old Daigo’s time—and a lot of his money: His in-game purchases total more than $70,000. It’s worth it, he says. Devotees like Daigo have made “Fate/Grand Order” Sony’s most profitable game ever. WSJ

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X/Ryzen 5 2600 review posted ahead of launch Until now, we haven't known quite what to expect from AMD's Pinnacle Ridge Ryzen lineup, but due to an apparent mistake, SiSoftware has published its review of the new Ryzen processors ahead of time. SiSoftware creates professional software applications, such as Sandra, so we know that the company has early access to samples. That means the following data is almost certainly accurate. Videocardz

Why the world reads Wikipedia Wikimedia’s mission is to provide educational content and to effectively disseminate it. Doing so requires understanding the needs and motivations of the people who read Wikipedia. In this blog post, we discuss what we learned about Wikipedia reader motivations and needs across 14 languages from a recent research study. Wikimedia

Windows embraces new space-squeezing photo format Microsoft's Windows software will support technology called HEIF to shrink photo sizes -- the third big operating system to embrace the JPEG alternative along with Apple's iOS last year and Google's Android P this year. CNET

Geralt Is Coming To Soulcalibur VI Last week, CD Projekt Red’s community manager teased on Twitter that for the first time ever, Geralt might appear somewhere else besides a Witcher game. Soul Calibur VI seemed like the likeliest choice given the series’s penchant for pulling in odd characters ranging from The Legend of Zelda’s Link to Yoda, and even Spawn. Kotaku

Microsoft wants to force Windows 10 Mail users to open links in Edge When Microsoft released Windows 10 build 17623 to Skip Ahead today, one of the "changes, improvements, and fixes" listed was that the company is going to start testing a feature that will force users of the Windows 10 Mail app to open links in the Edge browser. Neowin

AMD Makes a Big Dent in NVIDIA’s Graphics Business It looked like NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) would run away with the GPU (graphics processing unit) market by steamrolling Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD) with a superior product line-up. But the latest market share numbers from Jon Peddie Research indicate that AMD can punch above its weight. Yahoo News

Why Fortnite Battle Royale’s surprise success isn’t a matter of luck Fortnite’s creators have made, over the past year, an unlikely pivot, transforming the beleaguered, long-delayed open-world game into bona fide multiplayer sensation. Its free-to-play mode, Battle Royale, a colorful entry in the survival genre popularized by PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, is arguably the most popular game in the world right now. Polygon

Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update seems to be rolling out at last And, once again, we can’t help but comment on the fact that the newest version of Android for one of Samsung’s flagships seems to be arriving just as the company’s 2018 Galaxy S flagships have gone on sale, a trend that’s getting more and more frustrating. In any case, it looks like Android 8.0 Oreo really is here for the Galaxy Note 8. SamMobile

ASRock Officially Making "Unpredictable" Video Cards for AMD GPUs This is ASRock’s first time entering the graphics card space, where the company’s PCB designers will be faced with new challenges for AMD RX Vega GPUs (and future architectures). Gamersnexus

ICYMI - Avengers: Infinity War final trailer In theaters April 27.

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Uncle Al

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The Avengers series is pretty good. For those of us that grew up with Superman & Batman the superhero's in the comic books were great, then when the TV versions came out it was a little better. The movie's really topped the charts. I'm hoping today's kids attach themselves to the Avengers because there are a lot of good lessons; not always great but for the most part good. With so many inattentive parents today the kids really need some kind of role model .... God knows you won't find them in politics, law enforcement or a few other things we used to think so highly of .... yep, a little person needs something to believe in and can keep believing in day after day .......
 
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davislane1

Cambridge Analytica = The replacement for the failing Russians narrative.
 

Evernessince

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Cambridge Analytica = The replacement for the failing Russians narrative.
Cambridge Analytica harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, according to former Cambridge employees.

It isn't a "narrative", it happened. The first sentence even says that fact is supported by the employees themselves.
 
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davislane1

Cambridge Analytica harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, according to former Cambridge employees.

It isn't a "narrative", it happened. The first sentence even says that fact is supported by the employees themselves.
Which is why it will replace the Russian narrative. It actually happened.
 
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davislane1

Cambridge Analytica harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, according to former Cambridge employees.

It isn't a "narrative", it happened. The first sentence even says that fact is supported by the employees themselves.
I take my previous statement back. They're going to memory hole this one and stick with Russia.

See: https://ijr.com/2018/03/1077083-ex-obama-campaign-director-fb/
 
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