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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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Learning AI: The Way to Flourish in the Future

Prof M.M. Pant is promoting public understanding of the “What, Why and How” of this most significant technology in our history. This WhatsApp delivered course for all ages, will run on weekends to... (PRWeb October 20, 2018) Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/learning_ai_the_way_to_flourish_in_the_future/prweb15852955.htm

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Adobe finally has a full version of Photoshop for the iPad – Mashable

Mashable Adobe finally has a full version of Photoshop for the iPad Mashable Though Adobe has been investing heavily in mobile apps for the last several years, there hasn't been a full version of Photoshop available for iOS. Instead, there have been lightweight versions like Photoshop Express, or apps that focus on specific ... and more »

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Grado takes the wraps off their first pair of wireless headphones

Legacy open-backed headphone maker  Grado is taking their classic design into the future with the small Brooklyn company’s first pair of wireless headphones. The GW100s have a familiar look, but integrate Bluetooth tech and volume controls. They go for $249. Grado headphones are a favorite of mine; they have a very unique open sound that really resonates and are perfect for home listening. Previous iterations haven’t really thrived as much on the road or in noisy offices because they tend to let in a lot of outside noise and leak a lot of your tunes. The company says that they’ve redesigned the housings and internals of the GW100s to reduce noise leakage by 60 percent — no famed wooden enclosures on this design either. Part of what’s great about Grado headphones is their history; we toured the company’s tiny Brooklyn HQ a few years back and took a look at their operations… really cool stuff. TC Makers: A Walk Through The Amazing Townhouse That Grado Labs Calls Home It’s tough for a company to make do on just brand legacy alone, and even though audio tech generally has a much longer shelf life than other products, there’s always a time to adapt, especially now as more hardware makers purge headphone jacks from their devices. In the past few years, the company branched out into some more mobile-friendly products, but the magic wasn’t all there. The wireless GW100s keep the company’s same drivers, though it’ll be interesting to hear what they sound like as the company tunes them to be more amenable to “on-the-go” listening. Speaking of which, they also look like they have a sturdier design than some of the company’s more spartan headbands, which were strangely kind of part of the appeal, but are definitely welcome for something more likely to be chucked in a backpack. The headphones charge via micro-USB and offer a 15-hour battery life, the company says. They also pack an included 3.5mm cable if you want to use them with your old gear. More details on precise audio tuning are listed on its product page

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10 of the best wireless headphones for watching TV – Mashable

Mashable 10 of the best wireless headphones for watching TV Mashable Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something .... The SteelSeries Arctis 7 wireless headphones are also compatible with PC, Mac, PS4, VR, and mobile devices, including iOS and Android . Amazon customer ... and more »

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