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No data loss or evidence of extended intrusions, but standalone limb Xchanging did suffer DXC has recovered from a ransomware attack that hit its independent services-for-insurers operation Xchanging.…
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Image: Konami Konami, the Japanese company that’s best known in the West for developing the Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, and Castlevania franchises, has apparently gotten into the gaming PC business. Japanese outlet PC Watch reports that its lineup of Arespear gaming PCs is open for preorder now starting at 184,800 yen (around $1,760), and they are reportedly due to ship in September. I can’t say I’m a fan of the design of these PCs. Their bulbous cases look like someone set off a small bomb inside of a Mac Pro, and they’re also powered by 9th Gen Intel processors. Otherwise, their specs seem decent enough for a range of pre-build machines. The entry-level 184,800 yen (around $1,760) C300 gets you an Intel i5-9400F CPU, an Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics... Continue reading…
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There's something empowering about fighting crime in a superhero game, but which games are the very best?
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Baseball is back. But the MLB will look a little different in the COVID-19 world, with empty stadiums full of silent cardboard cutouts instead of thousands of screaming fans in an effort to avoid spreading the virus. That is unless you’re watching on Fox Sports. Starting this weekend, the network will not only be piping in fake fan audio, but it’ll also be filling the stands with digitally rendered fans for its MLB broadcasts, starting with this Saturday’s Yankees-Nationals game. “We believe the crowd and seeing people in seats is part of a broadcast.” All 30 MLB teams will be relying on fake fan noise in the actual stadiums (sourced from Sony’s MLB: The Show games), along with the usual in-stadium announcers, walk-up music, and other... Continue reading…
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Pegg and Frost also co-wrote the series with James Serafinowicz and Nat Saunders.
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A new reports claims Ubisoft execs pressured developers into minimizing the role of female protagnists in the Assassin's Creed series.
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Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. Hola pandemic pals, I’ve returned from my staycation and wow, what a couple of weeks to miss. Not only have we failed to flatten the curve, but everyday brings a new record number of cases and deaths. Bottom notch work all around humanity, seriously lets give ourselves whatever the opposite of a round of applause is.  If only someone, anyone would have told us to social-distance and wear masks, we wouldn’t be in this mess. But… This story continues at The Next Web
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This is your (very small) chance at trying out a OnePlus Nord in the US.
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Are you getting a ton of meaningful upgrades by opting for the OnePlus 8 series over the Nord?
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Several prominent Twitter accounts were apparently hacked today in a widespread attempt to spread a cryptocurrency scam. It’s unclear the full scope of the security breach, but at least several accounts, including ones belonging to Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Apple, Uber, Coinbase, and Bitcoin, were used to publish tweets containing a link to a crypto scam website encouraging the public … Continue reading
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TikTok committed to spending at least $800 million on Google Cloud services through 2022, according to a report from The Information. Slack, meanwhile, recently disclosed it made a minimum commitment to Amazon Web Services to spend $425 million in the next five years as the companies announced a new partnership. Cloud spending disclosures are relatively uncommon, but Business Insider dug through recent earnings reports and other securities filings to compile a list of companies that disclosed a minimum obligation to a provider like AWS, Google, or Oracle.  Below is a list of how much companies like Snap, Netflix, Zoom, Pinterest, and Lyft have committed to spending with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Oracle Cloud. Are you a current or former Amazon Web Services or Microsoft employee? Contact this reporter via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1-425-344-8242) or email ([email protected]). Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. TikTok in May 2019 agreed to spend more than $800 million on Google Cloud services through 2022, according to a report on Tuesday from The Information. Google and TikTok have yet to respond to Business Insider's requests to confirm the report, but landing another popular social media app — in addition to Snapchat, a long-time Google Cloud customer — as a customer would be a big win for Google as it tries to upend cloud rivals Amazon Web Services and Microsoft. It's not often revealed how much companies spend on cloud services. Workplace chat app Slack recently gave us a rare window into this kind of spending when it revealed a commitment to spend at least $425 million on Amazon Web Services in the next five years. While most companies don't disclose cloud spending, publicly traded firms will occasionally tell investors when they agree to multi-year deals committing to spending a minimum amount with a cloud provider. Signing those deals often yields a discount over the sticker price for cloud services.  Business Insider poured over earnings statements and other securities filings to compile a list of company's current public commitments to cloud providers AWS, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Oracle Cloud.  Notably, companies on this list may be customers of multiple cloud platforms, even if they only listed one in their filings. Also, although Business Insider found very few references to Microsoft Azure, that's not a reflection of a lack of big customers. Instead, the way that Microsoft structures customer agreements may not require disclosure in securities filings, one expert said.  Here's how much companies like Snap, Netflix, Zoom, Pinterest, and Lyft have committed to spending with cloud providers Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Oracle Cloud:SEE ALSO: Leaked internal messages show Microsoft employees calling for leadership to take a firmer stand on the George Floyd protests Slack just agreed to spend at least $425 million on AWS cloud services through 2025. When Slack made AWS its "preferred cloud provider," the company upped its commitment to AWS to $425 million from $250 million, according to its most recent earnings report. Slack agreed to increase its annual AWS commitment to $75 million from $50 million, and that amount will increase by $5 million every year until 2025. In return, Amazon will be rolling out Slack's chat platform to its employees.    Snap is spending considerably on both AWS and GCP. In Snap's most recent earnings report, the company disclosed more than $1.5 billion in cloud hosting commitments over the next three years. Snap has a contract with AWS from March 2016 in which the company committed to spend $1.1 billion for cloud services between 2017 and 2022. As part of that deal, Snap committed to spend $215 million on AWS cloud services this year, $280 million in 2021, and $349 million in 2022. Snap also has a deal with GCP from 2017 to buy at least $400 million worth of "certain cloud services" within five years, meaning through 2021.     Netflix recently said it has more than $1 billion in spending obligations, primarily — but not exclusively — related to streaming delivery and cloud costs. In Netflix's most recent earnings report, it disclosed more than $1 billion in spending obligations "primarily related to streaming delivery and cloud computing costs," mostly over the next three years. The company said the amount also includes "miscellaneous purchase orders," and a small portion is due beyond three years. The filing doesn't explicitly name any specific cloud providers, but Netflix is a marquee AWS customer. Zoom entered into a $18 million cloud deal around the same time it announced it was working with Oracle Cloud. In Zoom's most recent quarterly earnings report, the company disclosed that it entered into an agreement on April 30 to spent at least $18 million in as little as 12 months "related to third-party cloud hosting to meet the significant increase in usage of our services." Around the same time, Zoom announced the company was partnering with Oracle to support a "sudden spike" in video calls during the coronavirus crisis. Zoom has yet to respond to a request for information about whether the $18 million deal is related to Oracle. Zoom in the earnings report disclosed it works with AWS, Oracle Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. AWS CEO Andy Jassy during a recent virtual speech made sure to clarify "the vast majority of Zoom's cloud infrastructure runs on AWS and it will for foreseeable future." Pinterest had $171.3 million remaining in its commitment to AWS at the end of last year. Pinterest, in its last annual earnings statement, disclosed that the company agreed in May 2017 to purchase at least $750 million worth of cloud services from AWS through July 2023. Only $171.3 million of that benchmark remained as of the end of 2019. Lyft agreed to spend $300 million on AWS services by 2021 – but has since extended its term. In 2019, Lyft agreed to spend at least $300 million on AWS cloud services through June 2021. According to the company most recent earnings report, however, Lyft amended that agreement to give it more time to reach the $300 million mark: until June 2022. Lyft reported better-than-expected earnings in May, but has faced challenges during the pandemic, including laying off 1,000 employees in April, about 17 percent of its staff, and furloughing hundreds more. The amendment to Lyft's agreement with AWS shows the potential unstable nature of these cloud agreements: While companies agree to a minimum commitment, it doesn't guarantee they will be able to pay it in time. Companies that don't hit spending commitment minimums are usually on the hook to pay the difference. Lyft's filing did not disclose any terms for extending the agreement. $22.7 billion data-analytics company Datadog has a $225 million commitment with AWS and a $37.5 million commitment with GCP. Data-analytics company Datadog has disclosed hosting commitments with AWS and GCP. Datadog agreed in April 2019 to spend at least $225 million on AWS cloud services through April 2022. Later in the year, Datadog signed another cloud agreement, this time with GCP, to spend $37.5 million through September 2022. Datadog, which offers infrastructure and performance monitoring tools for cloud applications, went public in September and now has a market value of more than $22.7 billion.       Carbon Black had a $27.8 million cloud commitment, likely with AWS, prior to being acquired by VMware last year. VMware acquired cybersecurity company Carbon Black in October 2019 for $2.1 billion. At the end of the company's last full fiscal year in 2018, Carbon Black disclosed the company had a nearly $27.8 million "non‑cancellable capacity commitment with a hosting provider" through November 2020, including about $10 million in 2020. While that section didn't name the provider, Carbon Black disclosed elsewhere in the filing that it used AWS for its cloud-based products. VMware's most recent earnings statement does not disclose any hosting commitments, but mentioned partnerships with AWS, Microsoft, Google Cloud, and Oracle Cloud.  
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Southeast Asian internet giant Sea announced it’s proposing to offer US$1 billion of unsecured convertible senior notes due 2024, intending to give the initial purchaser a 13-day option to buy an additional US$150 million worth of notes.In connection with the pricing of the notes, the company expects to enter into capped call transactions – one or more call options that limit the maximum possible profit for its holder – with the initial purchaser and/or one or more other financial institutions.The transactions are generally expected to reduce potential dilution with respect to its American depositary shares and class A ordinary shares upon conversion of the notes, according to a press release.The company plans to use part of the funds to pay the cost of the capped call transactions.If the initial purchaser exercises its option to buy additional notes, Sea expects to use a portion of the funds to enter into more capped call transactions.In addition, it intends to use the rest of the proceeds from the convertible notes for business expansion and other general corporate purposes, such as potential strategic investments and acquisitions.
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If you want to get a new laptop without paying an arm and a leg, the recently released Samsung Chromebook 4+ is a great option.You can even get this already-affordable notebook at $40 less on Amazon and Best Buy.Act fast while these incredible Chromebook deals are live.Its Platinum Titan finish also helps give a premium feel to this budget-friendly Chromebook.Inside the Samsung Chromebook 4+ is an Intel Celeron 4000 processor.This chip provides decent performance for everyday tasks, and it is complemented by 4GB of RAM to meet your multitasking needs.
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Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap.In August, I wrote about the Google Nest Hub as my top choice for a smart device in the kitchen.It has a good screen that’s just the perfect size, and nice loudspeakers.In September, Amazon announced its response to the Nest Hub – the Echo Show 8 smart display – which features an 8-inch HD screen.In September, as an answer to that, Amazon announced its Echo Show 8 smart device with an 8-inch HD screen.The device is set to be released on November 21 for $130.
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Three days will fly by in a flash, so don’t wait.Disrupt Berlin offers two programming-packed days of opportunity and education.On top of classic events like the Startup Battlefield pitch competition and the Hackathon, you’ll find hundreds of boundary-pushing startups on display in Startup Alley, including our recently announced TC Top Picks.We have an outstanding line up of speakers, workshops, fireside chats, panel discussions Q Sessions and interviews with some of the greatest minds and makers, doers and shakers in tech and investment.Check out the Disrupt Berlin agenda and find the topics most relevant to your interests.Investing and Operating in Growth Markets with Bob van Dijk (Prosus and Naspers).
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The rumor mill spins numerous whispers often, and a turbocharged inline-six engine from Fiat Chrysler is one that's persisted for years now.The latest piece of evidence, however, isn't based on words -- we have a picture.In a patent application for an exhaust gas recirculation system for turbocharged gasoline-powered engines, FCA happened to use an image of an inline-six unit.The automaker's patent application was granted this past April, Mopar Insiders reported on Sunday, after discovering the application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.The application was first submitted back in 2017.It doesn't appear FCA just so happened to use an inline-six engine for an example, either.
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Länge levererade man tjänster till alla olika typer av e-handlare och utmanade därmed aktörer som Klarna.Det är många bolag som vill komma åt konsumenterna, inte minst genom att erbjuda krediter”, säger Peder Berge.Nu har Payer specialiserat sig på att leverera betalsystem för företag som säljer till andra företag – det vill säga B2B.”Vi började bygga ett helt nytt tekniskt system, vilket så klart var lite läskigt.Men det behövdes för att kunna hantera de komplexa behov som finns för handel mellan bolag”, säger Peder Berge, och kallar plattformen för en ”schweizisk armékniv” som anpassas efter kundens önskemål.Företag som handlar på nätet vill nästan uteslutande få en faktura i stället för att till exempel betala direkt med kort, vilket privatpersoner föredrar i större utsträckning.
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One of the most beloved American television series has changed a lot since premiering on November 9, 1969, but in fantastic news, one thing hasn't: its core mission of teaching children and instilling in them a love of learning.In a modern world of Paw Patrol and Calliou, TV series aimed at the toddler-and-preschool set can feel less educational and more like reasons for parents to light their hair on fire.And as some of the show's greatest hits demonstrate, long before educational advocates began popularizing the STEM acronym (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Sesame Street was already there with silly characters promoting serious lessons.In the year 2000, Sesame Street aired entire episodes focused on getting children comfortable with home PCs, and the Yip-Yips were there to help.As two of Sesame Street’s most memorable muppets (start yipping at someone between the ages of 25-50, they’ll hopefully know the reference immediately), that was only right.With a funky earworm sung by The Pointer Sisters, it was the kind of thing that a kid could easily remember long after the TV turned off, later singing to themselves even if they hadn’t put the song’s words and the concept of counting together quite yet.
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Infectious diseases such as Zika and Dengue remain a top contributor to death and disability across the globe, according to the World Health Organization.Diagnosing and treating these diseases, which often have similar symptoms, is especially difficult in developing countries, where access to health care and laboratories is often limited.Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are developing a lab-on-a-smartphone system that will enable healthcare professionals to detect disease at the point of care.Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the 4-year grant will enable the team to develop a handheld instrument that can detect and report the presence of pathogens in less than 30 minutes using a single drop of blood - all with a smartphone clip-on instrument that costs less than $10."This device can substantially reduce the time, cost, and inconvenience of doing a standard lab test, while still incorporating all the controls that make the test valid," said Principal Investigator Brian Cunningham, Director of the Holonyak Micro & Nanotechnology Lab and a Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering at Illinois."The information can then be shared immediately with an online health care provider who can make decisions about treatment."
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En betongbil började brinna på flera hundra meters djup i LKAB:s gruva i Kiruna, rapporterar P4 Norrbotten.Larmet om branden kom vid 19.05 på torsdagen.Det rörde sig om en fullt utvecklad brand.En anställd som befann sig bakom branden kunde inte lämna gruvan utan fick ta sig till en räddningskammare.Bolagets räddningstjänst tog sig till kammaren och personen var vid gott mod och mådde bra, enligt LKAB.Vid 21.15 meddelade LKAB att personen var uppe ur gruvan.
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I vår sfär med entreprenörer och startups får vi ofta höra hur många som levt enligt devisen ”fake it till you make it”.Ett känt exempel är hur Steve Jobs betedde sig vid lanseringen av den första versionen av Iphone.Applechefen ska ha löst det genom att kontinuerligt byta ut till nya telefoner under demonstrationen 2007.Men fallet riskerar att bli extra hårt om man inte lyckas.Ett omtalat exempel som är Theranos som nådde ett marknadsvärde på 9 miljarder dollar men sedan visade sig vara en bluff.Snart kommer boken om Elizabeth Holmes uppgång och fall på svenska, ”Ont blod - hemligheter och lögner i Silicon Valley”.
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Just ahead of the upcoming Black Friday sale, Amazon is celebrating Alexa's birthday with deals on its best-selling devices.You can find limited-time discounts on Alexa-enabled speakers, streaming devices, smart home bundles, and more.Amazon's top Alexa deals include the best-selling 3rd generation Echo Dot on sale for $29.99, the 4K Fire TV stick on sale for $39.99, and the all-new Echo Show 5 on sale for $59.99.You can also find deals on smart home bundles that pair the Echo Dot with compatible smart home devices so you can use your voice to control your lights and TV.These discounts are only valid for today to celebrate Amazon Alexa's 5th birthday.This is not only an excellent opportunity to find a sweet deal on an Amazon device, but it's also a chance to shop discounts before the madness of Amazon's Black Friday sale officially begins.
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Rockwell said it best when he sang "I always feel like somebody's watching me."The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration posted an eery image of its remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer being watched by a giant squid in an unspecified part of the ocean."[C]heck out this lurking deep-sea squid, seen creeping above remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer (D2) as the vehicle explores the face of a scarp feature during Windows to the Deep 2019," NOAA wrote in a Facebook post."Ever get the feeling you’re being watched?!"Despite the fact the giant squid has largely remained evasive to humans, this is not the first time NOAA has spotted a giant squid on one of its Okeanos missions.In June, NOAA spotted a huge squid in the Gulf of Mexico as part of rare footage that biologists have described as "the most amazing video you've ever seen."
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Rutgers engineers have embedded high performance electrical circuits inside 3D-printed plastics, which could lead to smaller and versatile drones and better-performing small satellites, biomedical implants and smart structures.They used pulses of high-energy light to fuse tiny silver wires, resulting in circuits that conduct 10 times more electricity than the state of the art, according to a study in the journal Additive Manufacturing.By increasing conductivity 10-fold, the engineers can reduce energy use, extend the life of devices and increase their performance."Our innovation shows considerable promise for developing an integrated unit - using 3D printing and intense pulses of light to fuse silver nanoparticles - for electronics," said senior author Rajiv Malhotra, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the School of Engineering at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.Embedding electrical interconnections inside 3D-printed structures made of polymers, or plastics, can create new paradigms for devices that are smaller and more energy-efficient.Such devices could include CubeSats (small satellites), drones, transmitters, light and motion sensors and Global Positioning Systems.
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Earlier this year, Adobe introduced a new app for Creative Cloud called Fresco.Pitched as a drawing and painting app, Fresco was first revealed as an iPad exclusive app back in June.It didn’t take long for Adobe to bring the app to other platforms, revealing at MAX 2019 today that it’s launching the app on Windows.Before Windows users get too excited, it’s definitely worth pointing out that support for Fresco will be rather limited across the Windows ecosystem to start.Though it eventually plans to bring Fresco to more Windows devices in the future, Fresco will only initially be available on the Surface Pro 4, 5, and 6; Surface Book 1 and 2; Surface Studio 1 and 2; Surface Go; and Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13-inch and 16-inch.Adobe says that more devices will come online as it works to implement functionality with other Windows hardware partners.
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Another big-name movie has been added to the Disney Plus library ahead of its grand launch on November 12: James Cameron's 2009 sci-fi epic Avatar.If you sign up on or before launch day, you'll be able to start streaming the tale of the Na'vi people and their home planet of Pandora straight away, and the film's inclusion might just be enough to tempt you into subscribing.Famous for its big budget, and cutting-edge special effects, and huge box office takings – it was the highest-grossing movie of all time for a decade – Avatar is also a very long flick, clocking in at 2 hours and 41 minutes.The movie is still waiting for a sequel, though principal filming has now finished on both Avatar 2 (due to be released in 2021) and Avatar 3 (due to be released in 2023).You heard it here first: @OfficialAvatar will be streaming on DisneyPlus when it launches in the US, Canada, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand starting November 12. pic.twitter.com/Xxq3BbZhRENovember 1, 2019That November 12 launch for Disney Plus only applies to the US, Canada, and the Netherlands.
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The 'massive unseen companion' is still a mysteryAstrophysicists may have discovered the smallest black hole yet – just 3.3 times the mass of our Sun – according to a new paper published in Science.The object, described as a “massive unseen companion,” is locked in a binary system with a giant star codenamed 2MASS J05215658+4359220.The results hinted that the star was paired up what could be a low-mass black hole.“What we’ve done here is come up with a new way to search for black holes, but we’ve also potentially identified one of the first of a new class of low-mass black holes that astronomers hadn’t previously known about,” said Todd Thompson, lead author of the study and an astronomy professor at Ohio State Uni in America.“The masses of things tell us about their formation and evolution, and they tell us about their nature.”
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I am convinced personal electric vehicles like e-bikes and e-scooters are the best way to get around a crowded metropolis like New York City.This $2,500 e-bike is a standout commuter vehicle, checking off a formidable list of features at a price that won’t break the bank – at least relative to other e-bikes with similar features, which can easily venture past four grand.Real-world range of 70 miles for an average rider?Nonetheless, Juiced provides some of the best specs per dollar in the country, so it’s no surprise it’s one of the most popular online e-bike retailers here.While most of the company’s other e-bikes, such as the moped-style Scorpion, feature trendy and cushy fat tires, the Juiced CCX is the company’s flagship ‘normal’ e-bike.There’s a 9-speed Shimano Cassette drivetrain, the metal Wellgo pedals have a nice amount of grip to them, and the Tektro hydraulic disc brakes need just a light squeeze to stop this 270lb rider on a dime.
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Over the past few months, we’ve seen an increase in Facebook ad accounts and entire Business Managers disabled without warning.Entrepreneur has covered disabled ads in the past, and those suggestions have elicited hit-or-miss success, but processes have emerged that consistently generate results in getting accounts restored.The first five tips below will help you avoid getting banned from Facebook's advertising tool, followed by five additional steps to getting accounts reactivated, sometimes in less than 24 hours.Ensure your ads comply with Facebook's advertising policies.Ensure landing pages are compliant.Besides following the advertising policies on your landing pages, include links to required legal declarations and disclaimers.
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