Fortune: Facebook, Google, and Twitter Could’ve Prevented the Russian Ads. Why Didn’t They?

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Representatives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google are set to face hostile questionsfrom Congress about how Russia used their platforms to influence U.S. politics. The problem of unfriendly foreign powers spreading propaganda is not new. It has happened for centuries.

What is new, however, is the reach of the Internet and modern social networks and the speed with which they can launch and propagate misinformation campaigns. This duo has made it easy to spread misinformation and target specific communities with detail that was previously unimaginable.

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Fortune: When Baby Genes Are for Sale, the Rich Will Pay

Image of DNADesigner babies are coming in 20 to 30 years. Your children will be able to select, to some degree, their own children’s hair color, eye color, and, possibly their intelligence. How can we make sure that everyone benefits from these capabilities, rather than reserving them for those with more cash?

The affordable and effective CRISPR technique for modifying DNA has made genetic manipulation akin to cutting and pasting characters in a Microsoft Word document. Equally important, the cost of gene sequencing is dropping fast. It is presently below $1,000 for a human genome to be sequenced and should fall below $100 over the next few years.

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Washington Post: How the United States is reinventing itself yet again

We have moved from the Great Recession to the Great Malaise. Despite massive government stimulus, the world’s largest and most advanced economy continues to limp sideways. Unemployment remains stubbornly high. Growth remains slow and prospects for employment growth remain bleak. Wages continue to stagnate. Recent college graduates and young professionals may well be the first generation to live a life inferior to those of their parents, conventional wisdom holds. The United States has entered a period of slow decline, much like the sun finally setting on the British Empire in the 20th century. Read the Article.

LinkedIn – Growing Trouble with Rogue Drones

The Western U.S. is facing a new summer of wildfires and drought. Unfortunately, the planes and brave pilots combatting the flames face a new problem in the skies: drones. With growing frequency, firefighting agencies are grounding planes after close encounters with drones whose operators want to score cool aerial footage of the flames.

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Huffington Post – We Should Absolutely Let the Robots Drive

A Google robot car was pulled over in Mountain View for driving too slowly. Yes, you read that right. The self-driving car was driving so far under the speed limit that it had snarled traffic. The speed limit was 35 miles per hour. The Google Cars have a top speed of only 25 miles per hour. Seeing the traffic and wondering why the lead car was driving so slowly, the motorcycle officer pulled over the Google vehicle.

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Huffington Post – Huge Smartphone Sensors Set to Revolutionize Science

The latest Nokia smartphone, the 1020, comes with a massive 41 megapixel camera. Begging the question, is it a phone or a camera? This is the wrong question. All phones are camera. All cameras are phones (or will be – they will soon all have WiFi or ability to connect to the Internet). The question to me more is what happens when you connect a superior image capture mechanism to the Internet.

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Data: Best programming talent in the world is not in California

If you had to name the best place in the world to find top programmer talent, you’d probably say California, right? But we recently found some compelling data that shows that’s not the case. In fact, not only does California not rank as the top U.S. state for programming talent, but the U.S. doesn’t even rank as the top country.

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