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After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced

Advertisement SAN FRANCISCO — One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate. The accounts addressed the news with the speed of a cable news network. Some adopted ...

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Bitcoin Thieves Threaten Real Violence for Virtual Currencies

Advertisement SAN FRANCISCO — The currency they were after was virtual, but the guns they carried were anything but. In the beach resort of Phuket, Thailand, last month, the assailants pushed their victim, a young Russian man, into his apartment and kept him there, blindfolded, until he logged onto his ...

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To Stir Discord in 2016, Russians Turned Most Often to Facebook

Advertisement SAN FRANCISCO — In 2014, Russians working for a shadowy firm called the Internet Research Agency started gathering American followers in online groups focused on issues like religion and immigration. Around mid-2015, the Russians began buying digital ads to spread their messages. A year later, they tapped their followers ...

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Is It ‘Natural’? Consumers, and Lawyers, Want to Know

In recent years, one bright spot in an otherwise lackluster market for packaged foods, beverages and consumer products has been merchandise promoted as “natural.” Consumers, increasingly wary of products that are overly processed or full of manufactured chemicals, are paying premium prices for natural goods, from fruit juices and cereals ...

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As the Streaming Wars Heat Up, Ryan Murphy Cashes In

Advertisement The battle between the Hollywood establishment and the streaming-media giants has caused big changes in the entertainment industry in recent months, driving up the prices of major stars and series producers while leaving traditional companies in danger of losing relevance. The effect of the digital disrupters on the Hollywood ...

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