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Annalee Newitz / Ars Technica: Analysis of Wikipedia comments shows that under half of personal attacks in 2015 were made anonymously; 30% came from registered users with 100+ contributions  —  New study of Wikipedia comments reveals most attackers aren't anonymous.  —  We've all heard anecdotes about trolling on Wikipedia …

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Mark Hachman / PCWorld: With PC market in decline, Intel shifts its strategy to “data center first”, using newest manufacturing technologies for server chips like Xeon before PC CPUs  —  With Intel's forecasts projecting the PC could be the smallest moneymaker five years from now, the company has gone …

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors: Verizon launches unlimited plan at $80/mo. for one device or $45/mo. per device for four lines, with 10GB of 4G LTE tethering; throttling kicks-in at 22GB/line  —  Verizon today introduced its first unlimited data plan since 2011.  Verizon Unlimited, which includes unlimited talk, text …

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Lauren Smiley / Backchannel: How an increasing number of Silicon Valley employees, who were traditionally apathetic politically, are trying to organize political resistance against Trump  —  Silicon Valley employees are emerging as a potent group of anti-Trump activists.  Can they make a difference?

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Gabriel Snyder / Wired: Inside NYT's digital transformation: luring subscribers via Beta Group's vertical apps, a Facebook chatbot, live video, VR, and more on top of strong journalism  —  Arthur Gregg Sulzberger doesn't remember the first time he visited the family business.  He was young, he says, no older than 6 …

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George Avalos / Mercury News: Analysis: Bay Area tech sector's job growth in 2016 slowed to 3.5%, or 26.7K jobs, down from 6% growth, or 42.3K jobs, in 2015  —  Even with looming layoffs, tech still drives region's economy  —  SAN JOSE — Job growth in the tech industry used to zoom like a race car, but these days …

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New York Times: Sub-Saharan African nations like Cameroon, Gambia, and the Republic of Congo increasingly use internet blackouts to stem protests  —  DAKAR, Senegal — Julius Ikena's trade business is at a standstill because he cannot make electronic payments to his partners.

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Abner Li / 9to5Google: Instant Tethering, which lets Google devices seamlessly share cellular data connections, is now officially available to select Pixel and Nexus devices  —  First spotted in testing last month, Instant Tethering automatically and seamlessly shares a cellular data connection through Wi-Fi.

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David Shepardson / Reuters: FCC says wireless spectrum auction bidding has ended at $19.6B for 84 MHz, a significantly lower price than many analysts forecasted  —  The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Friday that bidding in the wireless spectrum auction has ended at $19.6 billion, significantly less than many analysts had initially forecast.

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Pew Research Center: Report documents the views of 1.3K tech experts, scholars, businesspeople, and government leaders on the future of algorithms and their impact on society  —  Algorithms are instructions for solving a problem or completing a task.  Recipes are algorithms, as are math equations.  Computer code is algorithmic.

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Tim Cook says augmented reality is ‘a big idea like the smartphone’  —  Like TV, AR is becoming an Apple passion project  —  It's no secret that Apple's culture of secrecy forbids even the most powerful at the company from spilling details about upcoming products.

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Allister Heath / Telegraph: Tim Cook says fake news is “killing people's minds”, calls for a PSA campaign, school education, and new tools from tech companies to battle it  —  Tim Cook, the boss of Apple, is calling for governments to launch a public information campaign to fight the scourge of fake news, which is “killing people's minds”.

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Dan Frommer / Recode: As Twitter gained just 2M monthly active users in the quarter of the US election, Facebook gained 72M  —  The U.S. election spectacle didn't drive an uptick in Twitter signups — growth actually slowed.  —  The spectacle of the U.S. presidential election — and Donald Trump mania …

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Nicole Perlroth / New York Times: Restricted spyware from government cyberarms dealer NSO Group found on the phones of advocates for Mexico's 2014 soda tax  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Last summer, Dr. Simón Barquera's phone started buzzing with a series of disturbing text messages from unknown numbers.  One said his daughter had been in a serious accident.

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Ali Breland / The Hill: Oracle appeals May 2016 ruling that Google's use of Java APIs in Android was fair use, continuing the companies' seven-year legal battle  —  Oracle filed an appeal brief on Friday night reviving its copyright and patent claim lawsuit against Google over a dispute regarding the company's Android mobile operating system.

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Julie Bort / Business Insider: Sources: Enterprise AR company Daqri, which has raised $132M, is laying off about 25% of its nearly 400-person workforce  —  Augmented reality helmet maker Daqri is cutting about 25% of its nearly 400-person-strong workforce worldwide, multiple people have told Business Insider.

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John Mannes / TechCrunch: Chorus.ai raises $16M Series led by Redpoint for its sales calls analysis software  —  Just about everyone can benefit from an extra ear listening in at the right time.  And while an ear dedicated to helping me remember the items my housemate asked me to pickup at the store last week has yet …

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Ian Cutress / AnandTech: Intel reveals 8th Generation Core microarchitecture will remain on the 14nm process node, making it the fourth generation 14nm chip  —  A quick news piece on information coming out of Intel's annual Investor Day in California.  As confirmed to Ashraf Eassa by Intel at the event …

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Jeffrey Matulef / Eurogamer.net: Gabe Newell says Valve is working on 3 “full” VR games and is inspired by Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto to design hardware at same time as software  —  “It feels like we've been stuck with mouse and keyboard for a reeeaaally long time.”  —  Valve is in the process of developing three VR games.

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Kif Leswing / Business Insider: Image of Magic Leap's prototype from January leaks, revealing a bulky backpack containing a visible circuit board with a large heat sink  —  Magic Leap, the $4.5 billion startup backed by Google building technology that “augments” human vision with digital imagery, is scrambling to finish …

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Todd Spangler / Variety: Prince's Warner Music catalog returning Sunday to subscription-streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Napster, and iHeartRadio  —  Songs of late music legend Prince will again be available on multiple streaming-music services on Sunday, in releases timed for the 59th Grammy Awards.

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Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat: Valve will launch Steam Direct for game submissions to Steam store for a fixed fee per title, close Greenlight program that relied on user votes  —  Valve wants to take itself out of the equation when it comes to the Steam PC gaming marketplace, and that means it is ending the Steam Greenlight program …

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Johana Bhuiyan / Recode: Ford says it will invest $1B into Argo AI over the next five years, for a majority stake in a startup that will work on autonomous driving tech for Ford's cars  —  The automaker will take a majority stake in Argo AI, in Detroit's largest investment yet in self-driving tech.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Quora to clamp down on anonymity starting March 20, will review all anonymous content before it's published, restrict actions like upvoting, comments, more  —  Quora, a crowdsourced Q&A site that's generally smarter than Yahoo Answers, is making a big change to how anonymity works on its service.

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Lauren Goode / The Verge: Amazon releases an OTA software update for Amazon Tap with support for hands-free mode, letting users activate Alexa without a button press  —  Alexa, without having to push a button  —  Guess they'll have to re-think the name “Tap.”  Amazon today rolled out an over-the-air software update …

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