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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Throughout the roiling scandal of Russian sock puppets attempting to influence the 2016 election on social media, an uncertainty has lingered over what employees of the Internet Research Agency, a notorious "troll farm," actually did. This is because platforms like Facebook, upon undertaking internal investigations about foreign activity on their platform, wiped any evidence of it as soon as they found it. ... Last week, the blogging platform and social network Tumblr released the names of 84 IRA-linked accounts, and their past aliases (you can change your username on a whim on Tumblr). The transparency is laudable, particularly compared to other social networks. read more


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman last July was charged Tuesday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter eight months after the case sparked protests, international outrage and the firing of the city's police chief. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Mohamed Noor, 32, acted "recklessly" when he fired the shot into the dark that killed 40-year-old Justine Ruszczyk Damond after she called 911 to report a suspected rape in her south Minneapolis neighborhood. The shot came after Noor and his partner, Matthew Harrity, had driven through the alley behind Damond's home, saw no suspicious activity and were preparing to leave when they were surprised by someone outside the police car. Harrity, the driver, told investigators he was "spooked," feared for his life, and took his gun from its holster before Noor reached across and fired his weapon out the driver's side window.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Craigslist announced on Friday it will no longer operate the portion of its website that allows individuals to seek encounters with strangers. read more


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Arguably, the country that shows its Irish pride on St. Patrick's Day might be Mexico, where the day is celebrated as a sort-of military holiday, in honor of El Batallón de los San Patricios.

Saint Patrick's Battalion was a group of European immigrants and expatriates, overwhelmingly Irish, who had (mostly) defected from the United States army to fight alongside Mexico during the U.S.-Mexico War of 1846-48. Their reason for deserting is largely attributed to religion: the U.S., and its army, was majority Protestant, and the Catholic servicemen felt marginalized and reminded of their experience under Protestant British rule in Ireland, so they fled to Catholic confines of Mexico. read more


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The number 314 is getting a bit less mystical and a lot more promotional. On National Pi Day (3/14), everyone from pizza parlors and bakeries to clothiers and electronic stores is seizing the opportunity to lure consumers, and take the number "314" to new discount heights -- or lows, if you want to get mathematical about it. read more


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