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When it comes to political ads, it's time for Facebook and Google to be held to the same standards as ABC and CBS (FB)

You probably saw it dozens, if not hundreds of times in the months leading up to the US presidential election last year.

A political ad would air. And at the end, you'd see a clear message about who paid for or endorsed the spot, whether it was Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or any of the numerous candidates or political action committees. 

Such messages have been the standard in political advertising since 2002, when Congress passed a campaign reform law that required them. Now, whenever a political message runs on television or in any other traditional mass media, you can see who paid for the ad. I think we can all agree that kind of transparency is a good thing.

If you're lucky enough to have a tech salary, these are the 10 cities to get the most bang for your buck

If you're a tech worker and command one of the industry's typically much-better-than average paychecks, where's the best place to live?

The easy answer is San Francisco or Silicon Valley, given that they are collectively ground zero for the tech industry, and area companies are well known for offering huge paychecks and benefits to woo workers away from the competition.

But the Bay Area also has some of the highest living costs in the country. All those young, talented employees pulling down sky-high salaries have driven up the price of everything from housing to avocado toast. And other metro areas more than make up for lower salaries when the cost of living is factored in.

So the answer isn't as simple as it might seem.  


You don't have to live in Silicon Valley to make it in tech — here are 7 other great options

If you want a gig in tech, you don't need to pack up and move to Silicon Valley.

Plenty of metro areas around the US are hiring a ton of applicants at the moment.

Glassdoor released a study looking into the number of job listings for software engineers and other tech roles in various metro areas.

It's based on all active Glassdoor job listings with "software" in the job title that were posted from June 2012 to June 2017.

Here are the cities outside of Silicon Valley that have seen the most growth in terms of tech job listings:

The SEC comes down on 2 cryptocurrency-based fundraising schemes

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a man and two companies for operating fraudulent initial coin offerings. 

According to a statement released Friday, the financial watchdog alleges Maksim Zaslavskiy and his two companies, REcoin Group Foundation and DRC World, defrauded investors and sold unregistered securities in two fake ICOs.

REcoin, a blockchain-based real-estate company, and DRC World, a diamond membership club, issued fake tokens to investors and promised high-returns without "real operations," according to the SEC. 

ICOs allow startups to raise money by issuing their own cryptocurrencies. Recently, ICOs have come under scrutiny by regulators because companies can use them to raise quick money without having to disclose substantive information to investors. 

How LA's 'Porn Valley' became the adult entertainment capital of the world

In the 1950s, Hugh Hefner spun an idea for a risqué men's magazine into a multimedia empire. The Playboy founder died this week at the age of 91, leaving behind an iconic brand worth a reported $500 million.

The globally known Playboy brand has close ties to San Fernando Valley, a sun-drenched suburb of Los Angeles that often goes by another name: Porn Valley.

(There's also "Silicone Valley" and "San Pornando Valley." Clever.)

Playboy Enterprises has always based its operations out of nearby Los Angeles, but the sheer size of the adult entertainment industry to the north allowed the magazine to thrive during the sexual revolution.

Since the 1970s, the hills above Hollywood have played host to a booming pornography industry. A

A small city in Texas is offering to build itself around Amazon's second headquarters

Around 50 North American cities are vying to become the next home of Amazon, which announced earlier this month that it will build a second headquarters in an undetermined location.

With the new campus, called HQ2, the e-commerce giant will bring 50,000 new jobs, making the offer one of the largest corporate-civic opportunities in recent American history.

Mayors from places like New York, Chicago, and Toronto have quickly outlined why Amazon should pick their cities. 

One small Texan city, Frisco, says it will go above and beyond for the company. In an interview with The New York Times, Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney said he would build his city around Amazon.


The 5 best new songs you can stream right now

This week, Beyoncé jumped on a charity remix of J. Balvin's hit single "Mi Gente," Chance the Rapper debuted a song on "Colbert," and jazz great Kamasi Washington released a new EP. 

Here are the 5 best songs from the past week that you can stream right now:

J. Balvin — "Mi Gente" (feat. Beyoncé and Willy William)

Beyoncé sings in French and Spanish on her remix of J. Balvin's worldwide hit "Mi Gente," a charity track that she's sending the proceeds of to "hurricane and earthquake relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and other affected Caribbean islands."

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Kamasi Washington — "Perspective"

The Air Force is looking for more information about laser weapons to use against drones

The Air Force's Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation office this week issued a request for information to industry partners about directed-energy weapons to counter unmanned aircraft systems.

The request is market research ahead of an experimentation demonstration that comes as part of the Air Force Directed Energy Weapons Flight Plan, which was issued in May by the branch's secretary and chief of staff.


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reveals he has just a little bit of Oracle envy (MSFT, ORCL)

Microsoft has an unfortunate history of inventing amazing new technologies and then getting left in the dust. Microsoft had smartphones before Apple, and e-readers before Amazon, but never made a dent with either.

So when Bloomberg's Emily Chang and Dina Bass asked current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella which product he wishes the company had developed first, he had a somewhat surprising answer: The relational database, a key element of most software, which Oracle first brought to market in 1979.

Why so many spam phone calls come from your area code

The unfortunate reality about spam calls — a common practice among criminals and unsavory marketers — is that it still works, given how so many people still fall victim these days.

After all, when you see an incoming phone call from a number you don't know, but has the same area code as you, it's understandable why you would drop your guard and pick up the phone.

Spam callers can make it seem like they're calling from your hometown's area code with a tactic called caller ID "spoofing." Indeed, the word "spoof" means both to imitate something, as well as to trick someone. 

The most popular way that miscreants spoof their caller ID is with voice-over-IP (VoIP) services. Some of these VoIP services let spam callers choose what number they want their victims to see on their phone's caller ID.