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Why the tide is turning against Big Tech I FT Why the tide is turning against Big Tech I FT

This is the week that the tide started to turn for Big Tech. In the US and Europe you’re seeing regulators push forward and force the Big Tech platform companies to make changes in their business model. Twitter over the last few days announced that it’s going to start policing political advertising. And now Facebook…

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How Fake News Is Evolving, Threatening Democracy How Fake News Is Evolving, Threatening Democracy

♪♪ ♪♪ SOLEDAD: OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS, WE’VE GOTTEN A LOOK AT FAKE ADS PLACED ON FACEBOOK BY RUSSIAN PROPAGANDISTS DURING THE 2016 ELECTION CAMPAIGN. THOSE ADS WERE THE SUBJECT OF A HIGH-PROFILE CONGRESSIONAL HEARING WITH EXECUTIVES FROM FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND GOOGLE. FACEBOOK EXECUTIVES ESTIMATE MORE THAN 150 MILLION AMERICANS — OVER A THIRD…

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The Soviet Superplane That Rattled America The Soviet Superplane That Rattled America

his episode of Real Engineering is brought to you by Brilliant, a problem solving website that teaches you to think like an engineer. At the height of the Cold War, with nuclear anxiety at a fever pitch, the United States launched their first spy satellites, the Corona. Tasked with photographing deep inside the Soviet Union.…

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NASA’s Million Dollar Space Pen vs The Soviet Pencils NASA’s Million Dollar Space Pen vs The Soviet Pencils

The story of NASA’s million-dollar space pen and the Soviet pencil has become one of the more enduring tales from the space race and still floats around the internet today and goes a bit like this. During the 1960’s as NASA was sending the first men into space and they realize that pens don’t work…

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The WW2 Towers That Defeated the Soviets The WW2 Towers That Defeated the Soviets

This episode of Real Engineering is brought to you by Skillshare, home to over 20,000 classes that could teach you a new life skill. As WW2 drew to a close and the race to Berlin reached it’s finale, two Soviet armies converged on the Third Reich capital. Marshal Georgy Zhukov from the North, and Marshal…

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Why The Soviet Union Still (Kinda) Exists Online Why The Soviet Union Still (Kinda) Exists Online

Have you ever wondered what happens to a country’s stuff when it ceases to exist? Physical things like buildings and weapons are easily transferable to other states or organisations. But what about less tangible things? This video is all about domain names. And no it’s not a Squarespace sponsorship… unless they want it to be.…

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Will Digital Dictatorships Replace Liberal Democracies? Will Digital Dictatorships Replace Liberal Democracies?

Artificial intelligence shifts the global balance. While the West is conducting ethics debates, one global power in the far east is expanding its autocratic system with big data. In the Soviet Union, surveillance and censorship were widespread, out of fear that spread of information could destabilize the empire. In the early 1960s, even photocopiers throughout…

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History of Soviet & Russian Tanks : How They Are Built Documentary History of Soviet & Russian Tanks : How They Are Built Documentary

Every part of it contains strength, speed and power. Durable alloy of designers’ thoughts and experience of several generations of engineers gives birth to these fearsome machines. Worldwide known Russian tanks. This company has a totally peaceful name, but Russia is proud of its military purpose products. Tanks created here in Nizhny Tagil, at Ural…

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Fact-checking Facebook’s fantasies | FT Fact-checking Facebook’s fantasies | FT

I wrote a column recently fact-checking some of the claims that Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, made in a recent speech at Georgetown University and some subsequent testimony on Capitol Hill, in which he was trying to defend the social media giant against accusations of incorrect political advertising, election manipulation, monopoly power, et cetera. We at…

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