Facebook Removes More Accounts Tied to Russian ‘Troll Factory’

Supported by Business Day Facebook Removes More Accounts Tied to Russian ‘Troll Factory’ Photo Facebook said it ha taken down accounts and pages controlled by the Internet Research Agency because of its past fraud. Credit Dado Ruvic/Reuters Facebook said on Tuesday that it had found and removed more than 270 accounts and pages controlled by Russia’s Internet Research Agency, the so-called troll factory that became notorious for posting fraudulent and divisive material on the platform during the 2016 presidential election.
The company said most of the accounts and pages were in Russian and aimed at users in Russia and neighboring or nearby countries, including Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. The company did not claim the new accounts and pages had violated the company’s policies, but it said they had been taken down because of the Internet Research Agency’s past fraud.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, told Reuters that the Russian company, which operates under sever..

Metropolitan Diary: New Friends Upstairs

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New Friends Upstairs

Dear Diary:
When we first moved to New York 11 years ago, it was into a lovely, and affordable, duplex in Fort Greene.
One evening after we had lived there for a few months, we found a bottle of wine by the door with a note that said, “Sorry for the noise. Enjoy the wine! Your new neighbors from upstairs.”
We didn’t realize someone had moved in, but we loved the gesture and decided we had to share the bottle.
We went upstairs, knocked on the door and met a lovely young couple. She was studying for a master’s degree in psychology and he was an illustrator for magazines. They accepted our invitation to join us downstairs.

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I only had peanuts to offer as a snack, and I placed a large bowl on the coffee table in front of them. I noticed they didn’t touch it the whole evening.

About a year later they moved to another part of Brooklyn, to a larger place where they could start and raise ..

White Collar Watch: Why Elizabeth Warren’s Effort to Hold Bank Executives Accountable May Fall Short

Supported by Why Elizabeth Warren’s Effort to Hold Bank Executives Accountable May Fall Short Photo Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, introduced the “Ending Too Big To Jail Act” last month. Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times A persistent complaint about the government’s response to the financial crisis has been that the executives who helped push the economy to the brink were not charged with crimes.
Prosecutors have not been able to prosecute managers with the usual tools for pursuing white-collar cases, like wire fraud or false statements, because defenses of ignorance or good faith could not be overcome.
One way to remedy that problem would be to lower the level of intent needed to establish a violation. Doing so might make it easier to hold an executive who is not part of day-to-day decisions responsible for wrongdoing.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, is the latest official to try to change the calculus for holding executives accounta..

Spotify’s Wall Street Debut Is a Success

Supported by Media Spotify’s Wall Street Debut Is a Success Photo The music streaming service Spotify was valued at $26.5 billion at the close of its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday. Credit Spencer Platt/Getty Images Spotify is a hit.
On its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange, the music streaming service finished with a valuation of $26.5 billion. The share price closed at $149.01, giving Spotify a market value similar to that of companies like M&T Bank and General Mills.
For the music business, Spotify’s listing on the Big Board symbolized the ascent of streaming as the new dominant format. It also represented some rare good news for an industry deeply affected by technological change. Buoyed by subscriptions from services like Spotify and Apple Music, record labels have begun to have significant revenue growth for the first time in nearly two decades, drawing attention from investors.
“There’s a healthy appetite among public market in..

Morgan Stanley Fires Broker With History of Abuse Claims

Supported by Business Day Morgan Stanley Fires Broker With History of Abuse Claims Photo A mug shot of Douglas E. Greenberg, one of the top earners in Morgan Stanley’s wealth management division, from 2014. Credit Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Morgan Stanley said Tuesday that it had fired a star financial adviser who has been accused by multiple former wives and girlfriends of physical abuse and stalking.
The New York Times reported last week that Morgan Stanley executives for years had known about the allegations against the financial adviser, Douglas E. Greenberg. The Wall Street firm placed Mr. Greenberg, who worked in Portland, Ore., on administrative leave last week after being contacted by The Times.
In a statement on Tuesday, a Morgan Stanley spokeswoman said the bank needed to “do better” at handling such employee misconduct issues.
“We believe that our employees should behave in a manner consistent with our firm’s values and the trust our clients place in us, bot..

YouTube Shooting: Police Believe Female Suspect Killed by Self-Inflicted Wound

Supported by Business Day Police Believe Female Suspect in YouTube Shooting Killed by Self-Inflicted Wound Photo Police in San Bruno, Calif., responding to reports of an active shooter near YouTube’s headquarters on Tuesday. Credit Reuters Police descended on the headquarters of YouTube on Tuesday afternoon after reports of an active shooter at the building in San Bruno, Calif.
Images of the scene and accounts of the terrifying moments experienced by those inside immediately began spreading online. Authorities said they believed a female shooter had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. At least four others were injured.
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What we know happened at YouTube’s headquarters• The police who searched the building discovered the body of a female who they believe to be the shooter. She had apparently killed herself, according to Ed Barberini, chief of the San Bruno Police Department. He said there was no information to indicate there was anot..

Connie Lawn, Independent White House Reporter, Dies at 73

Supported by Obituaries Connie Lawn, Independent White House Reporter, Dies at 73 Photo Connie Lawn in 2007. “I want to remain a viable part of this unfolding history as long as I can,” she said. Connie Lawn, a radio and broadcast reporter who covered the White House in the waning days of Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration, when women were a rarity there, to the first year of Donald J. Trump’s, died on Monday at her home in Falls Church, Va. She was 73.
The cause was a rare form of Parkinson’s disease, said her husband, Dr. Charles Sneiderman.
Unlike many White House correspondents, Ms. Lawn built her nearly 50-year career without the consistent support of an established media company. She created an independent news service called Audio Video News (she was the only employee) and reported for different clients, like the BBC, Radio New Zealand, USA Radio Network and Salem Radio Network.
Ms. Lawn said she had created her own company in order to maintain her independence and pursue s..

Apple Hires Google’s A.I. Chief

Supported by Business Day Apple Hires Google’s A.I. Chief Photo John Giannandrea will oversee Apple’s machine learning and artificial intelligence strategy, and report directly to the chief executive, Timothy D. Cook. Credit Paul Morris/Bloomberg SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has hired Google’s chief of search and artificial intelligence, John Giannandrea, a major coup in its bid to catch up to the artificial intelligence technology of its rivals.
Apple said on Tuesday that Mr. Giannandrea will run Apple’s “machine learning and A.I. strategy,” and become one of 16 executives who report directly to Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook.
The hire is a victory for Apple, which many Silicon Valley executives and analysts view as lagging its peers in artificial intelligence, an increasingly crucial technology for companies that enable computers to handle more complex tasks, like understanding voice commands or identifying people in images.
“Our technology must be infused with the values we ..

Square Feet: Building a Connected City From the Ground Up

Supported by Business Day Building a Connected City From the Ground Up Photo A rendering of the development Union Point, a “smart city” planned for Weymouth, Mass. Credit Elkus Manfredi Architects WEYMOUTH, Mass. — Kyle Corkum imagines a “smart city” with futuristic amenities like driverless shuttle services, heated sidewalks and a super-resilient energy grid that keeps humming through the harshest of storms.
As chief executive of LStar Ventures, a developer of planned communities, he has a chance to build the neighborhood of his dreams from the ground up on the site of a long-shuttered naval air station in this town just 12 miles south of Boston’s booming technology hub.
LStar, based in Raleigh, N.C., has enlisted General Electric as its partner. Because they are starting from scratch, Mr. Corkum said, the companies can embed smart technology into the energy, water, lighting and transportation systems that will serve the community.
The project comes at a time when the tech indust..

Alex Jones and Infowars Sued for Defamation After Misidentifying Parkland Gunman

Supported by Media Alex Jones and Infowars Sued for Defamation After Misidentifying Parkland Gunman Photo A Massachusetts man sued Alex Jones and his conspiracy theory website Infowars, saying they falsely identified him as the gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Credit Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times Shortly after a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida in February and killed 17 people, the conspiracy theory website Infowars claimed it had a photo of the attacker wearing “communist garb.” It showed a young man with a clenched fist in a red shirt emblazoned with a hammer and sickle and images of Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin and Karl Marx.
But that man was not Nikolas Cruz, who was arrested two miles from the Parkland, Fla., school on Feb. 14 and later confessed to the shooting, the police said. The man in the red shirt was Marcel Fontaine, who lives 1,200 miles away in Massachusetts and has never visited Florida.
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