I don't always agree with South Park's politics but this joke/commentary is amazing. In their new game the skin color of your character changes when you change the difficulty. As you up the difficulty you'll get less money for completing quests and other characters will treat you differently.
via Ewanbb on Reddit
This whole Russia interfering in the election thing has gone from fascinating to terrifying to trying. I can only assume that by the next revelation it'll circle back but the start.
As for the news now, Facebook has revealed that it sold $100K worth of ad space to a Russian company linked to the Kremlin. The ads weren't tied to candidates but instead played on divisive issues, which really just a proxy for the candidates. The Washington Post reports,
A study out of Cardiff University has shown that Twitter can be used to predict events like riots and that it can be done faster than by police reports. Using the 2011 London Riots as a dataset, they fed 1.6 million tweets through their machine learning algorithm and it identified incidents faster than traditional methods. In each case their system was faster than police receiving on the ground reports.
This isn't quite the Oracle of Delphi yet but one can imagine that a behavioral analysis placed on top of this detection system could have some real predictive power.
via The Verge