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The votes are in and Russian influence has been counted in the US midterm elections.

Facebook says it blocked 115 accounts on the social network and Instagram on the eve of the polls and appears to have established an association with the Russian Internet Research Agency troll farm.

Not a huge number then (although there are big numbers for Facebook and Google in political ad spending during the campaign).

The Department of Homeland Security also said that it had not seen security breaches affecting votes around the country as midterm contests came to a close.

Of course, more covert attempts to influence the election could be exposed in the coming days, but right now, the very overt one by the Trump campaign, an ad conflating the issue of violent crime and the migrants caravan, has been giving Facebook the most heat.

As far as the real results go, on a local level, Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff won backing from San Francisco voters for Proposition C, where tech businesses and other companies taking in gross receipts of more than $50m a year will pay an extra tax to help the homeless. (USA Today, FT, Bloomberg, Axios, CJR, Venture Beat)

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Qualcomm's China networking
Steve Mollenkopf, chief executive of Qualcomm, the US chipmaker that relies heavily on the Chinese market, was the only foreign executive to speak at the opening ceremony of the Wuzhen World Internet Conference, previewed by Yuan Yang in Tuesday's #techFT. He echoed President Xi Jinping’s idea of a “shared future in cyber space”. Qualcomm also happens to be reporting its quarterly earnings after the New York market close.


China dominates esports
Chinese teams have won every major tournament this year in League of Legends, the world’s most-played video game, and clinched the world championship last weekend. Tom Hancock in Shanghai has been looking at Chinese ascendancy in esports.

Bird and Lime have led the way, but Tim Bradshaw has been looking at copycat electric scooter services around the world, from Berlin's Tier to Mexico's Grin.

Amazon fooled who with HQ2?
For the past year, Amazon has led US cities and states through a testing beauty parade to host its planned second head office. They pledged billions in subsidies and tax incentives to attract thousands of skilled jobs. One town even offered to change its name to Amazon. But the outcome suggests that it was an elaborate charade, comments John Gapper.


Bill Gates does some poop-stirring on toilets
The tech philanthropist showed a jar of human faeces as part of his speech at the Reinvented Toilet Expo event — a showcase for new toilet technologies. He described the inventions on display in Beijing as the “most significant advances in sanitation in nearly 200 years” (BBC)

Foxconn struggles with local US hires
Contract manufacturer Foxconn is considering bringing in personnel from China to help staff a large facility under construction in southern Wisconsin, as it struggles to find engineers and other workers in one of the tightest labour markets in the US. (Wall St Journal)

Tech tools you can use — Codex Protocol


I've used spreadsheets to list and keep track of my (limited) assets and even apps, but Codex Protocol is a web service that uses blockchain technology to create a decentralised registry for unique assets like art, fine wines and watches. In the art market, provenance is everything and Alice Hancock has written for FT Magazine on how blockchain and AI are being looked at by everyone from Christie's to cryptocurrency auction house Portion for help with appraisals.

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