Cheddar Afternoon Business Report 10/10: Microsoft, Facebook, Southwest Airlines

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Microsoft is looking into whether Russian-backed groups bought ads on any of its platforms during the presidential election. Microsoft hasn't found any inappropriate activity as of yet, according to Reuters.

Facebook is using artificial intelligence to aid Puerto Rico recovery efforts. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in virtual reality that Facebook is building "population maps" for organizations like the Red Cross to see which areas are most in need. Zuckerberg is drawing criticism for using the devastation to advertise Facebook's VR system. 

Southwest Airlines' new 737 is painted in the colors of coco, a new Disney Pixar movie out in November. The animated film follows a young boy's travels throughout Mexico. Southwest started to fly international routes three years ago and now flies to numerous Mexican destinations.

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  • Hawaii searches for safe spots for people to see lava

    Hawaii searches for safe spots for people to see lava

    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:20 AM EDT2018-07-19 05:20:37 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 9:34 AM EDT2018-07-19 13:34:04 GMT
    (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File). FILE - This Sept. 8, 2014 file photo shows downtown Pahoa, Hawaii. The small, rural town of Pahoa is the gateway to the eruption pouring rivers of lava out of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. Historic wooden buildings lining it...(AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File). FILE - This Sept. 8, 2014 file photo shows downtown Pahoa, Hawaii. The small, rural town of Pahoa is the gateway to the eruption pouring rivers of lava out of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. Historic wooden buildings lining it...
    Authorities in Hawaii want to set up a site where the public can view lava erupting from Kilauea volcano.
    Authorities in Hawaii want to set up a site where the public can view lava erupting from Kilauea volcano.
  • Zuckerberg clarifies statements on treatment of fake news

    Zuckerberg clarifies statements on treatment of fake news

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 6:08 PM EDT2018-07-18 22:08:45 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 9:33 AM EDT2018-07-19 13:33:54 GMT
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that while he finds Holocaust denial "deeply offensive," he doesn't believe that such content should be banned from Facebook.
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that while he finds Holocaust denial "deeply offensive," he doesn't believe that such content should be banned from Facebook.
  • EU preparing to hit back if US puts tariffs on car imports

    EU preparing to hit back if US puts tariffs on car imports

    Thursday, July 19 2018 6:11 AM EDT2018-07-19 10:11:02 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 9:33 AM EDT2018-07-19 13:33:06 GMT
    The European Union's trade chief says that the bloc is already preparing a list of "rebalancing measures" in case U.S. President Donald Trump would impose tariffs on imported cars and auto parts.
    The European Union's trade chief says that the bloc is already preparing a list of "rebalancing measures" in case U.S. President Donald Trump would impose tariffs on imported cars and auto parts.
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