Technology

Even Among Corporate Raiders, Elon Musk Is a Pirate

The history of mergers and acquisitions is filled with ruthless corporate raiders, bruising wars of words and people trying to stiff each other. T. Boone Pickens, the oil tycoon who rampaged through the 1980s, took small stakes in energy companies, attacked management and forced sales of the firms. Carl Icahn, the activist investor, amassed shares …

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Facebook Has Been Monetizing Searches for the Buffalo Shooting Video

People searching on Facebook for footage of Saturday’s racist shooting rampage in Buffalo, NY, may have come across posts with footage of the attack or links to websites promising the gunman’s full video. Interspersed between those posts, they may have also seen a variety of ads. The social network has sometimes served ads next to …

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Meta Seeks Revenue By Introducing WhatsApp Commercial Services

More than eight years after agreeing to buy one of the world’s largest messaging apps, the company formerly known as Facebook has decided to start making money from it. WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Meta, the parent company of Facebook, said on Thursday that it was opening up commercial services to those who …

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WhatsApp introduces commercial services as Meta, its parent, seeks fresh revenue.

More than eight years after agreeing to buy one of the world’s largest messaging apps, the company formerly known as Facebook has decided to start making money from it. WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Meta, the parent company of Facebook, said on Thursday that it was opening up commercial services to those who …

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Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says

Under China’s authoritarian leader, Xi Jinping, Beijing has refined its approach to cyberspying, transforming over the past decade into a far more sophisticated actor. China’s premier spy agency, borrowing a page from Russia, has recruited beyond its ranks, pulling from the country’s growing pool of tech workers. The strategy has made its attacks more scattershot …

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DHS Suspends Its New Disinformation Board, Following Criticism

The Department of Homeland Security announced on Wednesday that it was suspending the work of an internal advisory board intended to combat disinformation after what the department described as a deliberate disinformation campaign. The creation of the panel, called the Disinformation Governance Board, set off a firestorm of criticism when it was announced last month. …

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How a Trash-Talking Crypto Bro Caused a $ 40 Billion Crash

Do Kwon, a trash-talking entrepreneur from South Korea, called the cryptocurrency he created in 2018 “my greatest invention.” In countless tweets and interviews, he trumpeted the world-changing potential of the currency, Luna, rallying a band of investors and supporters he proudly referred to as “Lunatics.” Mr. Kwon’s company, Terraform Labs, raised more than $ 200 …

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Russian Hacking Cartel Attacks Costa Rican Government Agencies

WASHINGTON – A Russian hacking cartel carried out an extraordinary cyberattack against the government of Costa Rica, crippling tax collection and export systems for more than a month so far and forcing the country to declare a state of emergency. The ransomware gang Conti, which is based in Russia, claimed credit for the attack, which …

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