Facebook Will Show Americans What Russian Posts They Read


Facebook will show people which Russian propaganda pages or accounts they've followed and liked on the social network, responding to a request from Congress to address manipulation and meddling during the 2016 presidential election. The tool will appear by the end of the year in Facebook's online support center, the company said in a blog post Wednesday. It will answer the user question, "How can I see if I've liked or followed a Facebook page or Instagram account created by the Internet Research Agency?" That's the Russian firm that created thousands of incendiary posts from fake accounts posing as U.S. citizens. People will see a list of the accounts they followed, if any, from January 2015 through August 2017. It's Facebook's most direct effort to explain to users how they may have been affected by the postings, which reached an estimated 150 million people and stirred up controversy Continue reading "Facebook Will Show Americans What Russian Posts They Read"

Uber Concealed Cyberattack That Exposed 57 Million People’s Data


Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies, a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing company ousted Joe Sullivan, chief security officer, and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps. Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world, the company told Bloomberg on Tuesday. The personal information of about 7 million drivers were accessed as well, including some 600,000 U.S. driver's license numbers. No Social Security numbers, credit-card details, trip location info or other data were taken, Uber said. At the time of the incident, Uber was negotiating with U.S. regulators investigating separate claims of privacy violations. Uber now says it had a legal obligation to report the hack to regulators and to Continue reading "Uber Concealed Cyberattack That Exposed 57 Million People’s Data"

AT&T, Comcast Win as Trump’s FCC Urges Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules


U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday proposed vacating Obama-era net neutrality rules, handing a victory to broadband providers such as AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. that oppose the regulations. "I look forward to returning to the light-touch, market-based framework that unleashed the digital revolution and benefited consumers here and around the world," Pai said in an emailed news release. Pai said he had presented his proposal to fellow FCC commissioners, and set a vote on it for Dec. 14. Silicon Valley firms and other supporters of the rules adopted in 2015 by a Democratic-led FCC say they are needed to keep network owners from favoring their own content and discouraging web startups. Critics say the rules discourage investment while exposing companies to a threat of heavier regulation including pricing mandates. Continue reading at AdAge.com

Aping Amazon, Retailers Play Loyalty Card in Holiday Season


After years of watching shoppers flit from store to store in search of the biggest deals, retailers are hoping their attempts at building some loyalty will finally pay off this holiday season. Chains have aggressively rolled out rewards programs in recent years, and there are signs that the efforts are beginning to get results. Hollister's stunning 8 percent same-store sales growth last quarter was credited in part to the teen retailer's Club Cali perks. Kohl's entire holiday strategy this year is centered around the Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin-based chain's loyalty program. In a cinematic spot that began airing this month, Kohl's pushes the tagline, "Give Joy, Get Joy"if customers spend on merchandise, they'll receive financial rewards through the Kohl's cash loyalty program. Continue reading at AdAge.com

Uber Steps Up Driverless Push With Deal for 24,000 Volvos


Uber Technologies has agreed to buy 24,000 sport utility vehicles from Sweden's Volvo Cars to form a fleet of driverless autos. The XC90s, priced from $46,900 at U.S. dealers, will be delivered between 2019 and 2021 in the first commercial purchase by a ride-hailing provider, Volvo said in a statement Monday. San Francisco-based Uber will add its own sensors and software to permit pilot-less driving. Uber's order steps up efforts to replace human drivers, the biggest cost in its on-demand taxi service. The company has agreed to use 100 XC90s for self-driving tests in Pittsburgh, while also striking a deal to include autonomous vehicles from Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz in its network at some point. Continue reading at AdAge.com