In their first Russia hearing, tech giants try to placate Congress (with mixed results)

 On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off the first of three hearings this week examining the relationship between social media and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The hearings mark the first time that lawmakers will hear testimony from Google, Facebook and Twitter around how their platforms were and are manipulated as Read More …

Microsoft Is Killing Outlook.com Premium

If you haven’t already signed up for Outlook.com Premium then you’re out of luck. This is because Microsoft is killing the premium version of Outlook.com, and transferring most of its features to Office 365 instead. Existing subscribers are fine for now, but new subscribers are not welcome. Microsoft began trialling Outlook.com Premium in February 2016, Read More …

Congress grills Facebook, Twitter, Google on shells hiding election meddlers

 How can internet giants know that innocent-seeming U.S. companies aren’t actually shell vehicles for malicious foreign actors to buy ads to interfere with elections? The short answer is they can’t, and that drew questioning from a Congressional probe today into Facebook, Twitter and Google being used to manipulate the 2016 presidential election. Read More