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A Look Inside the Tactics of Definers, Facebook’s Attack Dog

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ImageSheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, testifying in September before a Senate committee.CreditCreditEric Thayer for The New York TimesSAN FRANCISCO — A small firm called Definers Public Affairs brought the dark arts of Washington’s back-room politics to Silicon Valley when, while working for Facebook, it began disparaging other tech companies to reporters.But a few days… Read More

Recount Ordered in Florida Senate Race as Governor’s Contest Nears End

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ImageIn Palm Beach County, antiquated vote-counting machines do not allow multiple races to be counted simultaneously.CreditCreditMichele Eve Sandberg/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesRIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — Florida concluded the first phase of a tumultuous recount of its midterm election on Thursday, with state officials ordering a manual recount in the hotly contested Senate race between Rick… Read More

Maine’s Bruce Poliquin, Lone Republican in House From New England, Loses Re-election

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ImageRepresentative Bruce Poliquin of Maine during a campaign stop in Old Town last month.CreditCreditRobert F. Bukaty/Associated PressJared Golden, a Marine Corps veteran and Democratic state lawmaker in Maine, defeated New England’s lone House Republican, Bruce Poliquin, on Thursday, just two days after Mr. Poliquin filed a lawsuit to stop the counting of votes under the… Read More

Brexit for the Non-Brit: What Is It, and Why Can’t They Get It Done?

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ImageCompeting Brexit demonstrations on Thursday outside Parliament.CreditCreditAdrian Dennis/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesLONDON — After delays, stumbles and intermittent negotiations, Prime Minister Theresa May this week finally presented a draft plan for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union — and it has been roundly and loudly panned. Her government may be verging on collapse.Supporters of Brexit… Read More

‘No Morals’: Advertisers React to Facebook Report

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ImageOne senior adviser in advertising suggested that Facebook should establish an ombudsman role to assess and report on its societal risks in regular financial filings.CreditCreditPhilippe Wojazer/ReutersAdvertisers are the financial engine of Facebook, but lately the relationship had gotten rocky.It got rockier on Thursday.Several top marketers were openly critical of the tech giant, a day after… Read More

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

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ImageFacebook has gone on the attack as one scandal after another — Russian meddling, data sharing, hate speech — has led to a congressional and consumer backlash.CreditCreditTom Brenner for The New York TimesSheryl Sandberg was seething.Inside Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, top executives gathered in the glass-walled conference room of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. It… Read More

A Look Inside the Tactics of Definers, Facebook’s Attack Dog

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ImageSheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, testifying in September before a Senate committee.CreditCreditEric Thayer for The New York TimesSAN FRANCISCO — A small firm called Definers Public Affairs brought the dark arts of Washington’s back-room politics to Silicon Valley when, while working for Facebook, it began disparaging other tech companies to reporters.But a few days… Read More