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Qualcomm announces a reference design headset based on its QCC5100 Bluetooth audio chip to make it easier for manufacturers to build Alexa-powered…

Richard Lai / Engadget : Qualcomm announces a reference design headset based on its QCC5100 Bluetooth audio chip to make it easier for manufacturers to build Alexa-powered headphones   —  When it comes to adding a voice assistant to a speaker or a pair of headphones, Amazon's Alexa has become the default choice for many OEMs …

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 675, an 11nm mid-range ARM Cortex A76-based SOC with support for triple camera setups, promises better gaming…

Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech : Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 675, an 11nm mid-range ARM Cortex A76-based SOC with support for triple camera setups, promises better gaming performance   —  Today we're seeing a very interesting announcement from Qualcomm: The new Snapdragon 675 chipset is a direct successor …

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Twitter says it has removed more than a dozen accounts affiliated with Infowars, some for helping Infowars and Alex Jones circumvent September ban…

CNN : Twitter says it has removed more than a dozen accounts affiliated with Infowars, some for helping Infowars and Alex Jones circumvent September ban   —  New York (CNN Business)Twitter on Monday removed more than a dozen accounts affiliated with the fringe right-wing media organization InfoWars, a company spokesperson told CNN.

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Report: blockchain engineers make between $150K and $175K on average, on par with AI developers and above the typical $135K salary for software…

Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC : Report: blockchain engineers make between $150K and $175K on average, on par with AI developers and above the typical $135K salary for software engineers   —  - Blockchain engineers are the top paid roles in software development, on par with specialists focused on artificial intelligence.

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A critical analysis of Bloomberg’s claims about the alleged compromised Supermicro motherboards and why the reported technical details are implausible…

ServeTheHome : A critical analysis of Bloomberg's claims about the alleged compromised Supermicro motherboards and why the reported technical details are implausible   —  Today we are going to more thoroughly address the Bloomberg Businessweek article alleging that China targeted 30 companies by inserting chips …

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How Russia’s “influence operations” targeted the midterms (and how they still do)

Enlarge (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images ) Last week, Twitter released data from accounts that had been identified as part of Russian and Iranian influence campaigns, including efforts by Russia to influence the political climate in the United States before, during, and after the 2016 presidential campaign. Hours later, the US Department of Justice announced the indictment of a 44-year-old Russian woman accused of directing ongoing influence campaigns on social media platforms targeting the US midterm congressional elections. Both Twitter's data and the indictment are data points in the history of "Project Lakhta," a wide-ranging campaign to shape the political and cultural discussions in Russia, Ukraine, Western Europe, and the United States. The campaign started began in earnest in 2014, though the Internet Research Agency's efforts date back even further in Russia. The Internet Research Agency, also known as the IRA, was but one of several organizations enlisted in these efforts; the operation also enlisted a number of media organizations, including the Federal News Agency (FAN) . FAN operates the " USA Really " propaganda site, which was launched earlier this year, as well as associated social media accounts that have been leveraged as part of the campaign. According to the FBI affidavit that led to the indictment of Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova last week, Khusyanova managed the financing of the organizations under the Project Lakhta umbrella and funneled $35 million to various entities to fund social media and propaganda operations. These activities in the US included covering the expenditures of "activists," purchasing advertisements on social media platforms with faked US identities, operating proxy servers in the US, and "promoting news postings on social networks." Read 12 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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