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The Minute – Facebook gets friendlier with Congress on Russia ads

. Facebook will provide to Congress the contents of 3,000 advertisements purchased by Russians during the 2016 US presidential race, says Mark Zuckerberg, amid scrutiny of the social network’s potential role in influencing elections.
After an extensive legal and policy review, today we are announcing that we will also share these ads with congressional investigators. We believe it is vitally important that government authorities have the information they need to deliver to the public a full assessment of what happened in the 2016 election.
At least he said his name was Sean Spicer.
I made mistakes, there’s no question, I think we all do. Some of them I tried to own very publicly. In some cases there were things that I did that until someone brought it up, I said, ‘Gosh, I didn’t realize that was a mistake, I’m sorry about that.’ But to watch some of the personal attacks, questioning my integrity, questioning what my intentions were, I think were really over the top.

Treat drones as ‘flying mobile phones’: Telstra CTO

. Telstra CTO Håkan Eriksson has come up with a resolution to all concerns raised over the regulation and control of drones: To treat them as flying mobile phones, and to allow Telstra to provide the necessary connectivity in a “drone-control-as-a-service” offering. “What if we say every drone is like a flying mobile phone? Put a SIM card in them so they have identity, put the radio in so they can always talk to them, and then if a drone wants to take off it has to talk to a database where we put all the rules,” Eriksson said during the annual Telstra Vantage conference in Melbourne on Thursday.
This is just a flying mobile phone.” “Today, you use Wi-Fi and you have to fly where you can see the drone … you can now fly without line of sight [using 4G],” he said, adding that Telstra has been able to control drones flying both interstate and overseas.
Concerns about drones getting in the way of aircraft would also be addressed via the use of mobile networks, Eriksson told ZDNet, because coverage only extends to around 150m above ground level.
There’s no point — if it cannot deliver something, search for somebody, there’s no point flying much higher, because that’s where you see things.
Telstra’s Muru-D also has two startups currently working on drones: FluroSat and NearSat, which are investigating more efficient and cost-effective agricultural management and satellite imaging, respectively.
Eriksson told ZDNet that Telstra is now demonstrating such use cases to the Australian government’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), which regulates the usage of drones, to show how they can be used via mobile networks.

Tech think-tank led by ‘chief technology officer’ considered by National

. The National Party has reversed its stance on appointing a powerful new tech supremo to guide the country’s technological future.
Drury said the chosen person could build on the country’s successes in the tech sector and guide future investments.
Bridges did not comment further on what the chief technology officer (CTO) role would entail under a National government.
The Government already employs a chief technology officer for the public sector, Tim Occleshaw, as well as a chief information officer, Colin MacDonald.
But Curran said the new position would be very different and “outward facing” rather than “internal”.
Drury said a CTO could help the country build on its existing strengths in fields such business computing, augmented reality and renewable energy, and coordinate strategy between the public and private sectors.
There were “big issues” industry would like to work with government on, like infrastructure, he said. “It is important there is someone who works between the public and private sector. “I’m am too busy with my own job – maybe in 10 years,” he said.

Tesla’s charging stations are turning into convenience stops, say CTO JB Straubel

. Not only did Tesla recently launch their new “urban” Superchargers, but they are also working on their new type of larger Supercharger station with 40+ connectors, lounges, and restaurants.
Co-founder and CTO JB Straubel went to the Foodservice Technology Conference Trade Show (FSTEC) this week to discuss this evolution.
The new stations will help toward Tesla achieving its goal to have 10,000 Superchargers by the end of the year. With 40+ chargers per station, it should give the company a good boost if they are completed by the end of the year.

Malware Embedded in CCleaner Tool Puts Millions at Risk

. The malware infecting CCleaner could give hackers control over the devices of more than 2 million users.
All users who downloaded the infected version of the program for Windows, CCleaner v5.33.6162, have received the latest version of the software. “Because the malware remains present, even after users update the CCleaner software, Talos advises all users to wipe their entire computer — remove and reinstall everything on the machine — and to restore files and data from a pre-August 15, 2017 backup, before the current version was installed,” he told the E-Commerce Times. “It is critical to remove this version of the CCleaner software and associated malware, since it’s structure means it has the ability to hide on the user’s system and call out to check for new malware updates for up to a year,” Williams explained.
Beyond the immediate threat, there may be problems with data loss, noted Morey Haber, vice president of technology at BeyondTrust. “While the upgrade may remove the malware, leaked data has potentially been transmitted and could be used at a future time,” he told the E-Commerce Times. “The threat was mitigated quickly by the software vendor before they believe any harm was done,” noted David Pickett, a security analyst with AppRiver. “This kind of supply chain poisoning has plagued software in the past, and we are seeing more of it in recent times,” he told the E-Commerce Times. “Organizations need to be vigilant,” he told the E-Commerce Times, “and continuously monitor the security of critical organizations, applications, and platforms present within their supply chain.”

How This Immigrant Entrepreneur Built A $5 Billion Healthcare Company

In our wide-ranging interview, Shradha and I discuss, among other topics, how to transform an idea into a company, the difference between a good idea and a good company, the future of healthcare, what she learned from failure, her favorite business books, where to find the best Chicago pizza, and whether the Cubs can repeat as World Series champions.
Zack Friedman: How did you come up with the idea for Outcome Health?
Zack Friedman: What did you do to disrupt the patient experience, and how is it now better as a result of Outcome Health?
Shradha Agarwal: Our vision is to provide health intelligence to support every important decision a patient is considering with their physician.
Shradha Agarwal: We have the opportunity to personalize healthcare and leverage technology to assist the physician as well as the patient to make better decisions together.
With 18% of our GDP spent on healthcare currently, 80% of which is on chronic disease management, empowering patients to participate in their own health decisions has great potential for reducing the cost of healthcare while improving outcomes for individuals.
Shradha Agarwal: We have several learnings along the way and many from our own mistakes.
Zack Friedman: What are your three favorite business books?
Shradha Agarwal: I love reading books and in fact, had that passion since being a little girl that led me to my first business; story for another day.
Shradha Agarwal: I have strong conviction – yes.

Facebook’s war on free will

In reality, Facebook is a tangle of rules and procedures for sorting information, rules devised by the corporation for the ultimate benefit of the corporation.
Bureaucrats talked about making the world more efficient, just like the hackers.
But I think we’ll do it,” Zuckerberg has said.
The algorithm may be the essence of computer science – but it’s not precisely a scientific concept.
Computers could stockpile massive piles of unsorted data – and algorithms could attack this data to find patterns and connections that would escape human analysts. In the hands of Google and Facebook, these algorithms grew ever more powerful.
Who better, the theory goes, to recommend what we should read and watch than our friends?
That’s what makes Facebook’s algorithm so powerful.
There’s a whole discipline, data science, to guide the writing and revision of algorithms.

Account-Based Marketing Inspires New Software, Strategies

. “Previously, InsideView IDs were required to build a list of companies you wanted to select contacts for,” said Joe Andrews, VP of product and solution marketing at the company.
Users now can “type in any company name or upload a list of companies to search for people, technologies used, and compelling news or events within the companies uploaded,” he told CRM Buyer. “Companies who want to [succeed] with ABM need to start with the right set of target accounts and people,” Andrews noted. “Otherwise, the best campaign tactics in the world won’t be effective.” “Marketing can’t run ABM alone,” Zhou noted.

Top Exec At FOX Sports Upbeat About NFL TV Ratings Rebounding

“We were affected the least of the media partners of the league last season,” said Shanks just prior to Week 1 of the 2017-18 NFL season.
Shanks said the NFL is doing its part where it can.
Total viewership for Week 1 in the NFL (excluding Monday Night Football) saw total viewership down -13% and -14% in the 19-49 age demo compared to Week 1 of last season, according to a report by Guggenheim Securities using information from Nielsen.
The biggest hit was FOX regional broadcasts.
As an example, the Seattle Seahawks-Green Bay Packers afternoon game on FOX nationally saw 22.8 million viewers, 12.7 household rating, down -18% from last season’s Week 1 New York Giants- Dallas Cowboys game.
“The NFL has increased the number of [broadcast] windows of games it’s trying populate,” said Shanks.
“If it’s great games, people are going to watch,” he said. “When you expand the number of windows but the quality of the brands and the quality of the games [is not as compelling], maybe those games should be in a 1pm ET window than a national window.
To that, the NFL sent word on Friday that the Week 2 Thursday Night Football game on NFL Network only of the Houston Texans at the Cincinnati Bengals, averaged a 4.9 household rating and 8.1 million total viewers on TV nationally, up +30% and +32% respectively versus 2016’s average across the four Thursday Night Football games on NFL Network only (3.8 HH and 6.1M viewers).
Ratings for Sunday’s Week 2 games have yet to hit.

Ground controller: Glenn Rutherford, CEO of Aerocare

Back when Glenn Rutherford was baggage handling and cleaning aircraft for Aerocare at Newcastle Airport, he never thought for a moment he’d end up running the company.
He was swiftly promoted to supervisor and then manager, while still working just three days a week.
“I was then made redundant when the customer we had cancelled its contract,” Glenn reveals.
“Yes, I guess it was an unusual start,” he grins, thinking back to 1997.
“We believed we could add value in that local space based on what we’d experienced in Canberra and through the subsequent contracts we picked up with Virgin Australia and later the Qantas Group, Tigerair, and internationals like Singapore Airlines and Qatar.”
By not being restricted by legacy thinking, and applying cutting-edge technologies, we were able to find ways to deliver improved performance, service and efficiency.” While Glenn was relatively new to the scene, so was the company he was leading.
In addition, knowing that the ability to access quality people would be a key to growth, Glenn also applied technology to the company’s recruitment systems.
I mean, there’s a great story of a 17-year-old guy who started as a baggage handler in the Northern Territory, who went on to become a supervisor, then a manager of that operation.
He moved to Tasmania to become a manager of a bigger operation, and now he’s our highest-performing commercial manager.
“We have amazing staff in our business.