A Whistle-Blower’s Canadian Roots: the Canada Letter

A Whistle-Blower’s Canadian Roots: the Canada Letter Christopher Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistle-blower, brought Canada into a story that’s drawn intense scrutiny to Facebook this week. And it’s not just because he’s from Victoria, British Columbia.
After focusing close attention on the social network with the disclosure that Cambridge used personal data from millions of the social media site’s users without permission to help Donald J. Trump’s election campaign, Mr. Wylie brought a company from his hometown, Aggregate IQ, into the fray this week during testimony before Britain’s Parliament.
Photo Christopher Wylie in London last week. Credit Tolga Akmen/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images In his testimony, Mr. Wylie said that Aggregrate, a subsidiary of Cambridge Analytica’s parent, drew on Cambridge’s Facebook data to sway social media opinion in favor of the Leave side in the 2016 British referendum on the European Union vote, and he repeated claims that the Canadian company..

Peter Munk, 92, Dies; Built World’s Biggest Gold Mining Company

Supported by Obituaries Peter Munk, 92, Dies; Built World’s Biggest Gold Mining Company Photo Peter Munk prepared to speak at the Barrick gold mining company's annual shareholders meeting in 2014 in Toronto. Credit Mark Blinch/Reuters Peter Munk, the Canadian who built the world’s largest gold-mining company, years after suffering one of his country’s most notable business failures, died on Wednesday in Toronto. He was 90.
Barrick Gold, the company he founded, announced the death but did not give a cause. Mr. Munk wore a pacemaker and had dealt with heart problems for several years.
An outsider in Canada — his preference for fedoras alone set him apart — and a former escapee from Nazi-occupied Hungary, Mr. Munk initially tried out several different lines of business, including stereo equipment and resorts in Fuji. Not all were successful, but he never appeared deterred by his failures.
Barrick itself started out as an oil company that endured three years of losses. Then Mr. M..

Facebook Employees in an Uproar Over Executive’s Leaked Memo

Supported by Technology Facebook Employees in an Uproar Over Executive’s Leaked Memo Photo Facebook’s headquarters in London. Fallout at the Silicon Valley company over a leaked memo has been wide and comes at a time of intense scrutiny. Credit Daniel Leal-Olivas/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook employees were in an uproar on Friday over a leaked 2016 memo from a top executive defending the social network’s growth at any cost — even if it caused deaths from a terrorist attack that was organized on the platform.
In the memo, Andrew Bosworth, a Facebook vice president, wrote, “Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools. And still we connect people. The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is *de facto* good.”
Mr. Bosworth and Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, have since disavowed the memo, which was published on Thursday by BuzzFeed New..

Sacramento, Gaza Strip, Orlando: Your Evening Briefing

Sacramento, Gaza Strip, Orlando: Your Evening Briefing Photo (Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.)
Good evening. Here’s the latest.
Photo Credit Sacramento Police Department, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 1. A private autopsy found that Stephon Clark, the unarmed black man who was killed by the Sacramento police in his grandmother’s backyard, had been shot eight times from behind or the side.
The autopsy also concluded that Mr. Clark’s death was not instantaneous, raising questions about why he had not been given more immediate medical care. The Sacramento police, who released the photo of the shooting above, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the private autopsy.
A lawyer said the findings proved that Mr. Clark could not have been moving in a threatening fashion toward Sacramento officers when they opened fire.
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Photo Credit Anton Vaganov/Reuters 2. “These are difficult times in the Russia-U.S. relationship.”
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