Facebook suspends data firm with Trump ties
- Washington (CNN) - Facebook has announced it is suspending Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President Donald Trump's campaign, over concerns about violations of the social media site's policies.
- On Friday, Facebook's vice president and deputy general counsel, Paul Grewal, said in a detailed statement that a University of Cambridge psychology professor, Aleksandr Kogan, had passed Facebook user data he gained through an app on to third-parties, including Cambridge Analytica -- a breach of the social media site's policies on protecting people's information.
- Cambridge Analytica CEO Aleander Nix sent an email that said he had reached out to Assange in attempt to access emails from Clinton's private server in hopes to create a searchable database of the emails for the campaign or a pro-Trump political action committee, according to two sources.
Trump goats about Andrew McCabe's firing, calls it 'a great day for Democracy'
- McCabe served the bureau for 21 years.
- McCabe was one of three top FBI officials Comey told about his conversations with Trump, many of which are now the subject of the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump sought to obstruct justice when he fired Comey.
- McCabe was forced out of the FBI earlier this year amid an internal investigation by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) into his approval of unauthorized disclosures to the media in October 2016 related to the bureau's inquiry of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
- The Department of Justice inspector general, Michael Horowitz, reportedly concluded in a report that McCabe was not forthcoming during the OIG review.
- The FBI Office of Personal Responsibility (OPR) subsequently recommended that Attorney General Jeff Sessions fire McCabe, according to The New York Times.
Facebook suspends Cambridge Analytica, a controversial data-analysis firm the Trump campaign used during the 2016 election
- According to Grewal's statement, a University of Cambridge professor who had developed a personality prediction app for Facebook users called "thisisyourdigitallife" improperly passed user information to other parties including Cambridge Analytica and SCL in 2015.
- President Donald Trump's campaign hired Cambridge Analytica in June that year to help target ads using voter data gathered from some 230 million adults.
- It also raised questions about whether Trump associates had cooperated with Russia's broader election-meddling activity, because Russian operatives capitalized on detailed user data to deliver targeted ads and content on Facebook and other social-media platforms.
- Worries about whether the Trump campaign collaborated with the Kremlin arose in part because the content touted by Russian state actors was highly specific, and targeted to competitive US voter precincts — details that some experts have said would not have been known to a foreign entity.
McCabe says he was fired as FBI deputy director because of what he witnessed after Trump fired Comey
- McCabe was also not in charge at the time of the bureau's investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct government business.
- McCabe told Politico this month that when he was tapped to be acting FBI director after Trump fired Comey last May, he did not believe he would remain in the position long.
- Among the steps McCabe took to ensure the Russia investigation stayed on track even in the event of his removal was urging Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel, Politico reported.
- McCabe was forced out of the FBI earlier this year amid an internal investigation by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) into his approval of unauthorized disclosures to the media in October 2016 related to the bureau's Hillary Clinton email probe.
Equifax CIO Put ‘2 and 2 Together’ Then Sold Stock, SEC Says
- Yet before the wider world learned of the credit bureau’s massive hack -- in which sensitive information for more than 140 million U.S. consumers had been compromised -- the executive, Jun Ying, was selling Equifax stock, federal authorities now say.
- Equifax interim Chief Executive Officer Paulino do Rego Barros said in a statement Wednesday that the company reviewed Ying’s trading and, after concluding he violated the firm’s policies, reported its findings to government authorities.
- Equifax concluded on Oct. 16 that Ying had violated the company’s insider-trading policy and that he should be terminated, prompting his resignation, the SEC said.
- Three Equifax Inc. senior executives -- Chief Financial Officer John Gamble, and unit presidents Joseph Loughran and Rodolfo Ploder -- sold shares worth almost $1.8 million in the days after the company discovered the breach.
Madison Square Garden Has Used Face-Scanning Technology on Customers
- Madison Square Garden has quietly used facial-recognition technology to bolster security and identify those entering the building, according to multiple people familiar with the arena’s security procedures.
- In fact, some vendors and team officials said the customer engagement and marketing capabilities of facial recognition are even more valuable than added security for sports facilities.
- According to a Sacramento Kings spokeswoman, facial recognition is used to allow players and staff to enter the practice facility connected to the Golden 1 Center, but its use has not expanded to event attendees.
- Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, however, said in an email the team needs to “find the right application that creates so much value people want to use it.” He said that, for now, facial recognition doesn’t improve his arena’s ability to keep out unwanted patrons enough to justify its implementation.
EasyEmail is autocomplete for Gmail
- EasyEmail, emerging from Y Combinator’s latest batch, is aiming to get inside your inbox and help you navigate future messages using the past as a guide with an autocomplete-like feature.
- After downloading the Chrome plugin, the service spends 10-20 minutes pouring through your sent messages and building up a good idea of how you write emails.
- What may be more useful to a broader base of users is how the plugin lets users define hotkeys and bring up oft copy-pasted bio info or links into the body of their emails without the pain of searching for the info over and over again.
- Depending on how you use it, the plugin is a lightweight add-on that could save you a load of time navigating the minutiae of sending tons of emails.
Comparison of machine learning techniques in email spam detection
- This report compares the performance of three machine learning techniques for spam detection including Random Forest (RF), k-Nearest Neighbours (kNN) and Support Vector Machines (SVM).
- The idea of automatically classifying spam and non-spam emails by applying machine learning methods has been popular in academia and has been a topic of interest for many researchers.
- This comparison is a real-time process, and therefore the main drawback of this approach is that the kNN algorithm must compute the distance and sort all the training data for each prediction, which can be slow if given a large training dataset (James, Witten, Hastie, & Tibshirani, 2013, pp.
- We determine from the results that k-Nearest Neighbours (kNN) and Support Vector Machine (SVM) perform similar weak regarding accuracy and Random Forest (RF) outperforms both.
- Therefore due to its design Random Forest performs relatively well "out-of-the-box" compared to k-Nearest Neighbours and Support Vector Machine.
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WaPo: Roger Stone had contact with Assange
- Washington (CNN) - Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone told associates he was in contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016, according to a new report by The Washington Post, which cites two sources.
- Ahead of any public knowledge about Democratic email leaks, Stone told the source he had learned WikiLeaks had obtained emails from the Democratic National Committee and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta.
- During the campaign, Stone said in interviews and speeches that he was in touch with WikiLeaks, and he posted tweets in October 2016 that seemingly predicted the Podesta leaks.
- Sam Nunberg, the Trump associate who went on a national media spree last week saying he would not comply with special counsel Robert Mueller's demand to hand over his emails pertaining to the campaign (he later backed down), also told the Post that Stone had contact with Assange in 2016.