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Maiya Keidan / Reuters: Number of crypto hedge funds doubled to 226 in the last 4 months and is up from 37 at the start of 2017; assets under management reached between $3.5B and $5B  —  Maiya Keidan, Jemima Kelly  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Hedge funds focused on trading cryptocurrencies have struggled to eke out returns …

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Kate Conger / Gizmodo: Former Meetup employees describe how competition from Facebook, the WeWork acquisition, and a mandatory arbitration agreement weakened the culture at Meetup  —  Meetup was supposed to be different.  —  While much of the tech industry struggled to create inclusive work environments …

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Mike Masnick / Techdirt: Report: ~15M indie content creators in US used Amazon Publishing, eBay, Etsy, Instagram, Shapeways, Tumblr, Twitch, WordPress, or YouTube to earn ~$6B in 2016  —  from the it's-not-tech-v.-hollywood dept  —  Visit EveryoneCreates.org to read stories of creation empowered by the internet, and share your own!

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Maria Bustillos / Columbia Journalism Review: The Internet Archive and others look at blockchain tech to create tamper-proof archives resistant to meddling from governments and billionaires with agendas  —  When an online news outlet goes out of business, its archives can disappear as well.  The new battle over journalism's digital legacy.

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Chris Dixon: How decentralized cryptonetworks, with better incentives for developers, can win against centralized platforms like Google in the next era of the internet  —  The first two eras of the internet  —  During the first era of the internet—from the 1980s through the early 2000s …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Facebook's focus on Groups, and the tools to build and promote them, can be easily exploited by bad actors like Russia, Mueller indictment shows  —  It's tribes all the way down  —  A year ago this past Friday, Mark Zuckerberg published a lengthy post titled “Building a Global Community.”

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Wirecutter: Hands-on with in-car Alexa-powered dongles: they require an iPhone or an Android phone to function and lack seamless integration with car stereos  —  Amazon's Alexa, the voice-controlled assistant that lives within the Echo speaker, has become a household name.

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Erin Griffith / Wired: How aspiring tech hub cities are trying to foster tech and startup ecosystems that are different from Silicon Valley's “move fast and break things” ethos  —  DO NOT LET their names fool you.  The silicon places—Silicon Slopes, Silicon Prairie, Silicon Beach, Silicon Peach …

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Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept: Sources detail Belgium's ongoing investigation into the hack of Belgacom, Belgium's largest telecommunications provider, which was carried out by the UK's GCHQ  —  For a moment, it seemed the hackers had slipped up and exposed their identities.  It was the summer of 2013 …

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Ralph Atkins / Financial Times: Swiss financial supervisor publishes guidelines meant to support the ICO market by clarifying when anti-money laundering and securities laws apply to them  —  Switzerland's financial supervisor has bucked the trend of global regulators cracking down on cryptocurrencies by announcing guidelines …

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Molly Sauter / The Atlantic: An in-depth look at Sidewalk Toronto, a trial effort by Waterfront Toronto and Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs to build a smart neighborhood with “ubiquitous sensing”  —  Quayside is a nondescript, 12-acre chunk of land on the southern edge of Toronto's downtown.

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft releases Photos Companion app for iOS and Android to make it easier to get photos from a phone to the Windows 10 photos app  —  Microsoft is releasing a new Photos Companion app for iOS and Android today, designed to make it much quicker to get photos from a phone to a PC.

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Dustin Volz / Reuters: Facebook says it will mail postcards to would-be buyers of election-related ads mentioning federal candidates, will have codes to verify identity and location  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will start using postcards sent by U.S. mail later this year to verify the identities …

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Wall Street Journal: Amazon is expanding its business-to-business marketplace, Amazon Business, into the medical supply industry, plotting to become major supplier to US hospitals  —  The market for medical supplies is one of a growing number of businesses the online retail giant has set in its sights …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Scammers are using Zelle, a p2p payments service, to defraud online buyers who trusted the service because it is backed by US banks  —  Scammers have taken to Zelle, the Venmo alternative backed by U.S. banks, to defraud consumers who believe the service includes the same protections they've come to expect from PayPal.

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed: President Trump uses tweets on Russian ad spending from Facebook ads VP Rob Goldman to call reporters covering election interference the “Fake News Media”  —  “The Fake News Media never fails,” Trump said after Facebook ads VP Rob Goldman tweeted that news outlets are not reporting …

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Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed: Twitter says it needs a scalable policy on authenticity of content after journalist suffers harassment due to viral screenshots of fake tweets from her account  —  In the wake of the Florida high school shooting Wednesday, Twitter users began spreading doctored tweets targeting Miami Herald reporter Alex Harris.

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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / ProPublica: After FEC clarification in December that big political ads on Facebook require disclaimers, review of 300+ ads finds fewer than 40 complied with new rules  —  The Federal Election Commission said in December that big political ads on the social network need disclaimers.

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Sarah McBride / Bloomberg: Behind Singularity University's pivot towards executive seminars and conferences after dealing with allegations of assault and fraud, as it raises $32M Series B  —  It's lost Google funding and dealt with allegations of assault and fraud.  —  The pitch was simple: Forget accredited graduate schools …

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Adam Samson / Financial Times: Salon tests alternative to advertising by offering visitors who use ad-blocking tools an option that allows the site to mine Monero using readers' computers  —  Do you use an ad blocker?  That's cool — just let us use your computer's processing power to mine cryptocurrencies.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: SEC filing: Telegram raised $850M for its TON Blockchain, development and maintenance of Telegram Messenger, more; Telegram is reportedly raising funds via ICO  —  It looks like Telegram's billion-dollar ICO has reached its first milestone after the chat app company raised an initial $850 million, according to a filing.

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Aaron Pressman / Fortune: Profile of John Legere, who has more than doubled T-Mobile's revenue since 2012 with brash messaging and relentless focus on customers and frontline employees  —  The crowd in the ballroom at the Westin New York at Times Square on this February afternoon is in a partying mood well before sundown.

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Jen Wieczner / Fortune: Hackers stole an estimated $50M+ over 3 years by buying Google Search ads, sending users to fake domains that looked like popular Bitcoin wallet Blockchain.info  —  For years, hackers have robbed Bitcoin investors, emptying their cryptocurrency wallets without fear of being caught thanks to the relative anonymity of the blockchain.

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Klint Finley / Wired: Google says 42% of sites notified made preemptive changes ahead of Chrome ad blocker launch; fewer than 1% of most popular sites violate suggested ad guidelines  —  YOU MIGHT SEE fewer ads on the web from now on.  But you probably won't.  —  On Thursday, Google Chrome …

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Facebook apologizes for 2FA-related SMS notifications spam and auto-posting replies on user Facebook profiles, says fix rolling out in coming days  —  The company also plans disable a feature that automatically posts SMS replies as status updates  —  Facebook this evening clarified …

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