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From the United Nations, theNew York Times reports thatRussia was involved in shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 16 over Ukraine, to which Jason Pontin said, “But I was told deploring Russia was the neo-McCarthyism.”

The BBC confirmed it, citing a Dutch-led investigation.

Speaking of hackers, BuzzFeed reports that The White House Asked Congress To Keep Quiet On The Whole Russia Hacking Thing, courtesy of Ali Watkins’ “late-night scoop.”

Also from the Times, there’s an article about how Defending Against Hackers Took a Back Seat at Yahoo. This story comes in light of last week’s hacking revelation. Runa A. Sandvik explains,  “Yahoo's execs allegedly slow to invest in security, including intrusion-detection mechanisms for production systems.” While Hakan Tanriverdi just wrote, “Well, this one burns.”

And in other tech news,Propublica has a feature onWhat Facebook Knows About YouRasmus Nielsenexplains, “Algorithms are often black boxes. @propublicadoing experiments to help us see inside.”

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