Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories you should be reading today:
Twitter and Russia and the 2016 election: trudge continues
The investigation into social media and last year’s U.S. presidential election trudges on like a trudging thing that simply will not stop trudging because there is still much more trudging left to trudge. Twitter said it discovered and shut down 201 accounts tied to Russian operatives who also bought election ads on Facebook. The company said that accounts linked to the Kremlin spend $274,100 on Twitter platform ads in 2016. In a detailed post, Twitter listed what it knows so far and what it’s doing to take action.
IKEA constructs deal for TaskRabbit
The furniture giant IKEA Group has purchased gig-economy darling TaskRabbit (our own Lilly Rockwell recently took a test drive with their competitor Mechanical Turk) for an undisclosed sum. TaskRabbit will be free to continue pursuing partnerships and will presumably be filling a void in the market for building shelves and bunk beds for stressed-out families.
Roku has a bright debut in IPO
Set-top-box maker Roku had a good day in its Wall Street debut; its offering price was $14 and it closed the day at $23.50. Even against competitors that include Apple and Amazon, Roku appears to be holding its own (at least for now).
Your weekend rabbit hole
Do you believe that science and biohacking can make us fitter, happier and more productive? A 32-year-old hacker claims he has the answers and it cost him $200,000. Read this post and see if you’re convinced.
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