Site unmasks 84 accounts used by 13 people linked to Russia’s ‘troll farm’, the Internet Research Agency, and says law enforcement has been notified The blogging platform Tumblr has unmasked 84 accounts that it says were used by a shadowy Russian internet group to spread disinformation during the 2016 US election campaign. Tumblr said it uncovered the scheme in late 2017, helping an investigation that led to the indictment in February of 13 individuals linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA).
Online advertising is an effective way to get messages across, but the strategy must be smart Figures released this week by the Electoral Commission are the simplest way to demonstrate the growing influence of Facebook on British politics. Political parties nationally spent about £1.3m on Facebook during the 2015 general election campaign; two years later the figure soared to £3.2m.
In each election it was the Conservatives that spent the most, with decidedly mixed results. For David Cameron’s successful re-election in 2015, the party spent £1.2m; that rose to £2.1m in 2017, but it was far less help to Theresa May.
Music service will soon have its IPO and investors think it can be as big as Netflix. Are they right? When Spotify lists on the New York Stock Exchange in the coming weeks the loss-making music streaming service is likely to be valued at more than $20bn (£15bn): such is the faith of investors in its charismatic Swedish founder,
Non-profit organisation behind Firefox browser announces move after Cambridge Analytica revelations Mozilla, which makes the popular Firefox web browser, has become the first major organisation to stop advertising on Facebook amid the controversy over the Cambridge Analytica files. Related:
Readers respond to recent revelations about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, and suggest ways our personal data might be better safeguarded Patrick Cosgrove <(a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/20/the-case-for-abolishing-online-anonymity" title="">Letters, 21 March) argues that the answer to the Facebook data scandal is simple – stop using Facebook. Alas, this completely misses the point. A few of us have never been a member of Facebook, but they still hold data about us, gathered from our friends and family who do have Facebook accounts. Worse, given that Facebook also buys data
Players snap up clothing items as iPhone version of free video game tops iTunes chart in 13 countries A year ago, no one had heard of Fortnite, the online shooter game in which 100 players fight it out to be the last person standing. Now it’s the biggest video game in the world, with an obsessive fanbase among schoolchildren and teenagers. Previously only available on consoles and PC, last week
If data is the new oil, the wells are in the hands of a few billionaires, and we need to ask how to take back the wealth Whenever a technological revolution brings upheaval to the world, it initially benefits the small number of people at its forefront to the detriment of others. When the industrial revolution brought about the birth of mass production, it led to thousands of skilled, independent workers losing their trades and much of their livelihoods, facing either unemployment or less-skilled work in the new factories, with the loss of autonomy that entailed.
Jordan Erica Webber has her reservations when it comes to virtual reality in gaming. This week she battles with motion sickness and visits a VR arcade in London to see if her mind can be changed. Is there a future for these types of arcades? Subscribe and review:
PS4, Xbox One; Criterion / Stellar Entertainment / Electronic Arts The much-loved racing game returns with a revamp that makes you feel as if you’re in the best Fast and Furious movie ever made When Burnout Paradise arrived in 2008, some players resented its diversion from the previous Burnout games, which focused on tight circuits and vehicular destruction. Others, however, found its open-world structure exciting and beautiful. Paradise City is a vast playground, its intricate streets, highways, tunnels and overpasses open and explorable from the start. Players are dropped into a junkyard, where they choose a car. Then they drive – and they don’t really stop.
While most racing games force players into menus and waypoint-dotted map screens, Burnout Paradise keeps you in your car as much as possible. You start races by pulling up at any set of traffic lights; you attempt stunts and jumps simply by driving around and finding promising-looking ramps; and you repair and repaint your car by driving through auto-repair stores. You can swoop between races, events and stunt runs without ever stopping, feeling out the very edges of your driving ability. This remaster’s enhanced resolution and frame rate bring it up to modern standards. Paradise doesn’t look as good as, say,
Secunia’s recommended Personal Software Inspector is being discontinued and Laurence is looking for a replacement Now that Flexera has announced end-of-life on Secunia Personal Software Inspector, do you have any recommendations for a replacement? Laurence In 1999, David Lee Smith – who was later