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Facebook’s high-profile head of security Alex Stamos is leaving after clashing with other execs over Russia (FB)


Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief information security officer, is leaving the company as it grapples with a storm of controversies relating to its role in spreading misinformation, according to a report in the New York Times on Monday.

Stamos favored being more transparent with the public about how the 2-billion member social network was misused to spread propaganda during the 2016 presidential election, according to the report which cites anonymous sources familiar with the matter. That position put Stamos at odds with Sheryl Sandberg and other executives inside the company.

Here's Jeff Bezos taking a robot dog for a walk (AMZN)

Jeff Bezos made friends with a four-legged Boston Dynamics robot. He posted a photo to his Twitter account of him and the robot with the caption, "Taking my new dog for a walk." Bezos is attending the invite-only MARS conference, which stands for Machine learning, home Automation, Robotics, and Space exploration.

Jeff Bezos has a new four-legged friend. 

The Amazon CEO posted a photo to his Twitter account on Monday of him "walking" his new "dog" — a four-legged Boston Dynamics SpotMini robot, the same robot that recently learned how to open doors.

Taking my new dog for a walk at the

The 2018 spring equinox has arrived — here's what it is and how it works

The vernal (or spring) equinox of 2018 happens Tuesday, March 20. Earth's rotation does not cause equinoxes. Equinoxes occur when Earth's tilted axis is perpendicular to the sun's rays. During an equinox at Earth's equator, the sun appears almost directly overhead.

The year's spring equinox, also called the March or vernal equinox, falls on Tuesday at precisely 12:25 p.m. EDT.

To people who live in Earth's northern hemisphere, this astronomical event signals the arrival of spring, winter's end, and the increasingly warm and brighter days that come with the pending arrival of summer.

For those in the southern hemisphere, though, it's now the fall: The days are growing shorter, the weather is cooling off, and sunlight is growing a bit dimmer as winter approaches.

What drives this all-important seasonal clock?

Samsung is making some good-looking cases for your new – fragile – Galaxy S9

I've been using Samsung's new Galaxy S9 Plus for quite some time without a case, and it's been great. 

The S9's glass back gives you a little grip when you're holding the phone so it feels pretty secure in your hands.

But all it takes is one spill to completely destroy the S9's beautiful aesthetic. Good thing, then, that Samsung offered to send us a couple cases for our Galaxy S9 Plus review unit. 

I'm pretty picky when it comes to cases. In fact, I'm so picky that I dislike most of them on any smartphone. I look for slim models that have minimal branding and design, and I don't want them to feel plasticky. So I went for Samsung's red Hyperknit and dark blue Alcantara cases. 

Facebook just hired Stroz Friedberg, the same outside investigator Uber called on during its biggest controversy (FB)

Analytics firm Cambridge Analytica obtained data on millions of users to influence the 2016 election and Brexit vote, according to a whistleblower. Facebook asked Cambridge Analytica to delete that data back in 2016, but never verified that it did.  In the wake of an uproar, Facebook just promised to find out if CA still has the data. It hired Stroz Friedberg, the same investigator once used by Uber.

Facebook released a statement on Monday saying that it hired Stroz Friedberg, a digital forensics firm, to determine whether Cambridge Analytica, the analytics company it banned from its platform on Friday, still possesses any Facebook user data.

A Trump-affiliated data company stole 50 million Facebook profiles — here's how to protect your account (FB)

Lots of software developers and apps may have access to your Facebook data that you don't remember granting.

If you're worried about your digital privacy, now is a good time to check up on your "Facebook Platform" settings, which is the tool that Trump-affiliated data firm Cambridge Analytica used to illicitly obtain personal, private data from 50 million Facebook users.

They got this data from Facebook itself. The Guardian reported that the data was collected through an app called "thisisyourdigitallife," built by a Aleksandr Kogan, a Cambridge academic. 

Facebook says that everyone whose data are in the Cambridge Analytica set "knowingly provided their information." 

Cheddar, the CNBC for millennials, is now valued at $160 million after its latest funding round
The web video startup Cheddar has raised another $22 million, bringing its valuation to $160 million. The two-year-old 'post cable' network is planning to expand internationally while adding a second network in the US.

Cheddar, the self-described "post cable" financial news startup sometimes called "CNBC for millennials," has just raised $22 million, bringing its valuation to $160 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Self-driving cars could face a 'huge setback' after the tragic death of a woman struck by an autonomous Uber

An Uber self-driving car struck and killed a woman pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona on Monday in the first known death of a person by an autonomous vehicle.  Uber and other companies developing self-driving technology, like Waymo and General Motors, will have to more work to do to prove that their autonomous vehicles are safer than those driven by humans. Uber had hoped to launch an autonomous ride-sharing service in mid-2019, but that target may be pushed back.


A controversial cryptocurrency is exploding as traders look for safety away from bitcoin's wild swings

Tether's USDT, a controversial cryptocurrency, is becoming more and more popular among traders, research from Morgan Stanley finds.   Bitcoin trades paired against USDT now make up 14% of bitcoin trading volumes.  Tether skeptics have questioned whether the company actually has the US dollars in reserve that it says backs its crypto. 

A controversial cryptocurrency is becoming more and more popular among traders.

Trading between Tether's USDT, a stable-coin that aims to trade at $1, is on the rise, according to new research by Morgan Stanley, the US investment bank.

Typically, bitcoin trades are paired against the most traded fiat currencies, such as the US dollar, Japanese yen, and the euro. Of course, a person can also trade between bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Since the beginning of 2018, however, trades between USDT and bitcoin have become more common, Morgan Stanley found.

Britain's data regulator is getting a warrant to raid Cambridge Analytica and seize its servers

Britain's information commissioner says she's seeking a warrant to raid Cambridge Analytica and seize its servers.  She had already announced an investigation into the matter. Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica's account on Friday evening, saying that it improperly used personal information obtained from users.  Cambridge Analytica has come under fire for its role in helping President Donald Trump's campaign target Facebook ads towards prospective voters.

Elizabeth Denham, Britain's information commissioner, told the UK's Channel 4 News that she plans to apply for a warrant to raid the offices of controversial political research company Cambridge Analytica and seize its servers. 

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