5 stories worth reading

  • Facebook’s full of fake accounts. And despite it saying it stopped nearly 538 million so far this year, there are almost 80 million fake accounts on the service. And they are for sale, Charlie Warzel of Buzzfeed reports. After reading the story, it is clear that this is a much broader problem.
  • I once joked with Tony Fadell that I had so many connected toys that it looked like a Sharper Image catalog. That joke is becoming a nightmare, as we are creating mountains of waste with old devices, reports Stacey Higginbotham for IEEE Spectrum.
  • If you think coal is an environmental nightmare, then you haven’t seen the damage done by coal ash. It is as big a problem as massive oil spills. .
  • Doc Searls says GDPR will pop the ad-tech bubble. I don’t know — the ad companies are way too crafty to work around regulation.
  • Google’s employees don’t like its close links with defense establishment. And the dissension in the ranks reflects what’s important inside companies — alternative points of view to bring meaningful change. One of the most important stories this week.. Excellent work by Wired’s Nitasha Tiku

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