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Reality is hitting Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, hard – CNET

After years of blockbuster growth amid unchecked harassment and abuse, social media’s reckoning. …read more

Source:: CNet

These drug rehab centers are using VR to catch liars — and gross out addicts – CNET

The system monitors eye movement, body heat and heart rate. …read more

Source:: CNet

Facebook IDs a new influence campaign before 2018 midterm elections – CNET

Once again, a “coordinated political influence campaign” may’ve been trying to sway a US election. …read more

Source:: CNet

ThreatList: Business Email Compromises Way Up for Q2

Hardest hit were organizations using Office 365, with incidents costing more than $2 million each. …read more

Source:: Threatpost

Report Reveals Numerous Cases of Amazon Workers Being Treated in Ways That Leave Them Homeless, Unable To Work or Bereft of Income After Workplace Accidents

Several readers have shared a report: Vickie Shannon Allen, 49, started working at Amazon as a counter in a fulfillment warehouse at Haslet, Texas, in May 2017. At first, like many employees, Allen was excited by the idea of working for one of the fastest growing corporations in the world. That feeling dissipated quickly after a few months. […] Nor is Allen alone. A Guardian investigation has revealed numerous cases of Amazon workers suffering from workplace accidents or injuries in its gigantic warehouse system and being treated in ways that leave them homeless, unable to work or bereft of income. Allen’s story began on 24 October last year when she injured her back counting goods on a workstation that was missing a brush guard, a piece of safety equipment meant to prevent products from falling onto the floor. She used a tote bin to try to compensate for the missing brush guard, and hurt her back while counting in an awkward position. The injury was the beginning of an ongoing ordeal she is still working to amend at Amazon. Over the course of a few weeks, Amazon’s medical triage area gave her use of a heating pad to use on her back, while Amazon management sent her home each day without pay until Allen pushed for workers compensation. “I tried to work again, but I couldn’t stretch my right arm out and I’m right-handed. So I was having a hard time keeping up. This went on for about three weeks,” Allen said. Despite not getting paid, Allen was spending her own money to drive 60 miles one way to the warehouse each day just to be sent home. Once on workers compensation, Allen started going to physical therapy. In January 2018, she returned to work and injured herself again on the same workstation that still was not fixed.

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Facebook deletes 17 accounts, dusts off hands, beams: We’ve saved the 2018 elections

Yeah, that’ll do the trick, Mark

Facebook has deleted dozens pages and accounts that it says were coordinating to push divisive messages to the US public in the lead-up to this year’s midterm elections.…

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Source:: TheRegister

New Fortnite update brings back guided missiles, jetpacks – CNET

With Fortnite’s v5.10 update, Epic Games brings back favorite guns, items and a new game mode. …read more

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The Importance of Communication for Security

Dedicating some portion of communications personnel time to the security team can drive global awareness of programs and initiatives critical to the safety of the organization, thereby increasing programmatic success. …read more

Source:: SecurityMagazine

How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions

An anonymous reader shares a report: In August 22, 2001, Jerome Jacobson, director of security for a subcontracting company called Simon Marketing, was arrested along with eight co-conspirators for orchestrating a massive scheme to defraud McDonald’s Monopoly promotion out of more than $24 million. Jeff Maysh of The Daily Beast tells the inside story in 8,800 words. Between 1989 and 2001, “Uncle Jerry” used his position as the head of the McDonald’s Monopoly account to steal winning “pieces” worth between $10,000 and $1 million. He proceeded to gift the pieces to family members and a growing network of associates — which included “mobsters, psychics, strip club owners, convicts, drug traffickers, and even a family of Mormons” — in exchange for a cut of the laundered winnings. A former police officer known for his attention to detail, Jacobson was personally responsible for overseeing the printing of paper game pieces, cutting out the winning tickets, and transporting them to McDonald’s packaging factories throughout the country. Read the full story here.

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2018 Mazda6 gains Apple CarPlay, Android Auto upgrade in September – Roadshow

It’s a free upgrade through the dealership for Touring trims and higher. …read more

Source:: CNet

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