Hurricane Irma scraped past Puerto Rico and is headed toward Miami-Dade, Florida’s most populous county. Called one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, Irma devastated the islands of the Caribbean. Google Maps is marking road closures in real time ahead of the storm’s U.S. landfall, projected for Sunday morning. [The New York Times]
Hackers breached Equifax, accessing sensitive data from 143 million U.S. consumers. Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit-reporting agencies, acknowledged a data breach left credit card, Social Security and driver’s license numbers and other sensitive information vulnerable. Three senior Equifax executives, including the CFO, sold shares worth almost $1.8 million soon after the company discovered the breach on July 29. [Tony Romm / Recode]
Facebook has turned over all information about U.S. election ads it believes were bought by Russians operatives to former FBI director Robert Mueller, the special counsel in charge of investigating alleged Russian interference in last year’s presidential election. On Wednesday, Facebook said it had shut down several hundred accounts believed to be created by a Russian company linked to the Kremlin and used to buy $100,000 in ads pushing divisive issues during and after the election campaign.[Michelle Castillo / CNBC]
Amazon wants to build a second HQ in North America, and said it would start soliciting bids from cities for a complex that would house up to 50,000 employees. But the online retail giant’s pursuit of tax credits to build quickly got some pushback from Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna, who represents Silicon Valley; Khanna cautioned that it would become a “race to the bottom” if cities tried to woo Amazon by offering overly favorable financial terms. [Jason Del Rey / Recode]
Two-thirds of American adults are getting their news from social media — 67 percent, exactly, more than ever before. Among the platforms, Facebook dominates, with 45 percent getting news on the social network; YouTube is next, with 18 percent; followed by Twitter, with 11 percent. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]
The familiar voice of Siri will sound noticeably different when iOS 11 hits millions of iPhones and iPads next week. After auditioning and sampling the voices of hundreds of people, Apple’s voice-controlled assistant now takes more pauses in sentence, knows more languages and generally sounds less robotic and more human. Chinese researchers recently found that they could command and potentially hack Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and other voice devices using a frequency too high for humans to hear.[David Pierce / Wired]
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