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Daniel Funke / Poynter: Facebook's tool for fact-checking partners only lets them flag links, not videos or memes; Facebook says it's working on a way to add images to the tool  —  On social media, fake memes are everywhere.  And on Facebook, they're not being met with the full force of the tools available for other dubious content.

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Justina Vasquez / Bloomberg: Snap stock slid 6%+ after analyst warned of negative reaction to update and Kylie Jenner tweeted suggesting she uses Snapchat less post-update  —  Kylie Jenner tweets she hasn't been using the app lately  —  Users pile on with feedback that echoes Wall Street concerns

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Shivani Vora / New York Times: Airbnb launches Plus, a higher-end option to compete with hotels that is inspected, professionally photographed, and includes amenities, in 13 cities globally  —  The brand will offer higher-end accommodations that meet a 100-point quality checklist (kitchens with cookware, plush towels, comfortable mattresses).

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Zack Whittaker / ZDNet: Sens. Wyden and McCaskill say US CBP hasn't been verifying e-passports at borders for a decade due to lack of software to verify the digital signatures  —  E-passports contain a cryptographic hash of a passport holders' details, designed to make it almost impossible to forge a travel document or steal someone's identity.

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Kaleigh Rogers / Motherboard: SpaceX launches first test satellites for its proposed Starlink broadband project, which aims to link up many small satellites to provide reliable internet  —  The goal, to create a constellation of more than 12,000 satellites, is part of a project called Starlink.  —  Another day, another SpaceX launch.

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Wall Street Journal: Analysis finds algorithms designed by Facebook, Google, and others often struggle to detect doctored images and videos, a key tool for misinformation efforts  —  The tech company's filters can't adequately detect misinformation distributed through altered images

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Jason Del Rey / Recode: Sources: Amazon plans to open up to six new Amazon Go cashierless stores this year, with most in Seattle and one in Los Angeles' The Grove mall  —  New futuristic convenience stores could appear in Seattle and Los Angeles.  —  Amazon's much-heralded convenience store of the future, Amazon Go, may seem like a crazy experiment.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Product Hunt launches Sip, a Twitter Moments-style distilled tech news newsletter for iOS and Android, in beta  —  “We didn't want to create another app thirsty for attention” writes Product Hunt CEO Ryan Hoover.  So instead of a constant stream of fresh stories and alerts …

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Facebook officially opens its first in-house incubator, called LDN_LAB, located in its new London HQ, with three 12-week courses across 2018  —  Facebook has officially opened its first in-house incubator, which will be held in its London headquarters.  —  The company first announced LDN_LAB …

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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch: FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom order, which repeals 2015 Net Neutrality rules, officially takes effect today, signalling beginning of various legal challenges  —  The FCC's “Restoring Internet Freedom” order, which vastly curtails the agency's 2015 net neutrality rules …

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George Dvorsky / Gizmodo: Top AI experts and policy makers from 14 institutions write a 100-page report on the malicious use of AI outlining real digital, physical, and political dangers  —  A new report authored by over two-dozen experts on the implications of emerging technologies is sounding the alarm bells …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Anchor's redesigned app is a one stop shop for podcasting where users can record, edit, host, publish, and distribute podcasts with analytics  —  Broadcasting app Anchor, which helps anyone record and share audio, is relaunching its app today with a new focus on serving the larger podcaster community.

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Lighthouse launches 3D sensing, voice command-enabled, AI-powered smart home security camera for $299 and $10 per month for storage and AI services  —  This AI startup's first consumer product is a $299 security camera that goes on sale today  —  Lighthouse AI, an artificial intelligence startup founded …

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Mehedi Hassan / Thurrott.com: Intel partners with Microsoft, Dell, Lenovo, and HP to launch 5G-connected Windows 10 PCs next year  —  The launch of Always Connected PCs powered by Windows 10 and Qualcomm's Snapdragon ARM processors was a serious threat to Intel's chip business.  Not too long ago, the company launched …

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Jeff John Roberts / Fortune: How the US Marshals Service ends up selling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency, seized in criminal cases by various federal agencies  —  When Alexandre Cazes hanged himself in a Thai jail cell in July, the 25-year-old left behind the trappings of a big-league drug dealer …

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Drew Atkins / GeekWire: Profile of Microsoft President and CLO Brad Smith, who has a long reputation for taking initiative on complex business and legal issues facing the tech industry  —  As the tech industry's unofficial diplomat to Washington, D.C., Microsoft President Brad Smith found himself in a bit of a bind.

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg: Sources: Apple working on new AirPods with “Hey Siri” and new wireless chip, coming as soon as 2018, and another water resistant model, coming as soon as 2019  —  Company working on water resistance, more Siri integration  —  Apple CFO says wearables revenue rose almost 70% last year

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security: How Amazon's Createspace publishing arm was used to launder money using stolen credit cards, dubious ebooks, and by impersonating authors  —  Patrick Reames had no idea why Amazon.com sent him a 1099 form saying he'd made almost $24,000 selling books via Createspace, the company's on-demand publishing arm.

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Wall Street Journal: Experts say Islamic State has been fundraising using cryptocurrencies, often soliciting via Telegram, as US government plans investigations  —  Cryptocurrencies come under increased U.S. scrutiny as militants seek anonymous donations  —  When a group that says it provides financial assistance …

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Nate Raymond / Reuters: U.S. arrests operator of shuttered bitcoin investment platform  —  (Reuters) - The operator of a shuttered bitcoin-denominated exchange was arrested on Wednesday on federal charges that he lied to U.S. securities regulators to avoid taking responsibility for the theft by hackers of virtual currency now worth nearly $70 million.

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Matt Novak / Gizmodo: Twitter issues statement after a number of conservative Twitter users lost thousands of followers after bot purge, says its tools and rules are apolitical  —  Twitter suspended thousands of accounts overnight and conservatives on the platform aren't happy about it.

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Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE: AWS Serverless Application Repository, which automatically manages machine resources, is now generally available and can be accessed from the Lambda Console  —  Following a speedy beta testing phase, Amazon Web Services Inc. said today that its AWS Serverless Application Repository …

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Nitasha Tiku / Wired: Former employee sues Google, claiming he was wrongfully fired for criticizing Damore memo and posting “politically liberal” content on internal message boards  —  IN JANUARY, FIRED Google engineer James Damore filed a lawsuit alleging that Google discriminated against white men and political conservatives.

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Om Malik: Despite recent moves to strengthen social connections, Facebook's real agenda and core DNA is to extract user data and make more money by keeping users addicted  —  Facebook's (much deserved) media nightmare continued this week when it came under criticism for spamming members who signed up for two-factor authentication.

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James Vincent / The Verge: Elon Musk, an OpenAI co-founder, leaves OpenAI board to avoid conflict of interest with Tesla's AI efforts, will stay on as a donor and advisor  —  Musk will remain a donor to the nonprofit organization, which focuses on AI safety and ethics  —  Tech billionaire Elon Musk is leaving the board of OpenAI …

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