Below please find a roundup of business and technology news from the past week.
- The Washington Post discusses a recently-released inspector general’s report concerning malware in the U.S. Geological Survey’s network. A government employee infected the network after viewing over 9,000 pages of pornography on his work computer; some of those sites contained malware that spread to the agency’s network.
- Reuters reports that a former executive at Valeant Pharmaceuticals and the former head of a mail-order pharmacy startup were sentenced to one year in prison each today after being found guilty of defrauding Valeant using an illegal kickback scheme.
- A not-very-good-looking painting, “The Portrait of Edmund de Belamy,” has sold for $432,500 at celebrated auction house Christie’s. Why the big price tag for a blurry painting? NBC News points out that it’s the first piece of art sold at auction created with artificial intelligence.
- NBC News also reports that Facebook’s stocks seem to be stabilizing after a tumultuous few months, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reports in a press release that the social media network now boasts over 2 billion monthly active users. These results, CNN points out, may be lower than analysts expected.
- Finally, The New York Times explores antisemitism and other hate speech on social media.
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