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January 2, 2017, 1:25 AM

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Anil Dash:
Ideas to fix Twitter: show you can ship new features, handle abuse transparently, revamp metrics, understand different user types, and embrace developers  —  Jack asked us for ideas on how to fix Twitter.  A coherent plan for fixing Twitter would make millions of people happier …
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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
FBI-DHS report fails to make a hard case that Russia tampered with US elections, likely because the agencies want to protect methods for detecting hacks  —  US issued JAR billed itself as an indictment that would prove Russian involvement.  —  Talk about disappointments.
Sam Thielman / The Guardian:
FBI-DHS joint report links two Russian intelligence hacking groups to hacks of Democratic Party organizations; experts say report is too little too late  —  Experts say report is too little too late and comes after several others from private sector detailing alleged exploits of groups Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Matthew Humphries / PC Magazine:
Researchers: ID codes printed on boarding passes, luggage tags for ~90% of flights let hackers access travelers' personal info, steal reservations, more  —  Booking a flight has become a simple process thanks to the Internet, and once you have flights secured you can relax, right?
Agence France-Presse:
French law requiring companies to give workers a “right to disconnect” from work-related messages after work hours goes into effect on January 1  —  From 1 January, workers have ‘right to disconnect’ as France seeks to establish agreements that afford work flexibility but avoid burnout
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Review of appeals court decisions from 2016 that benefited software patent holders and set the bar for software patents after Supreme Court's Alice decision  —  It's harder, but not impossible, for owners of software patents to win cases.  —  In 2014, the US Supreme Court dealt a major blow to software patents.
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg Technology:
Review of overlooked tech trends in 2016: faster broadband speeds, growth of digital currencies, the success of tech M&A, more  —  I'm on a flight home to Macon, Georgia, reading Hillbilly Elegy like much of the rest of Silicon Valley.  I'm trying to figure out how I misread the American electorate so fundamentally.
ProPublica:
Facebook buys detailed information from commercial data brokers about users' offline lives but does not disclose it since it is widely available  —  The site shows users how Facebook categorizes them.  It doesn't reveal the data it is buying about their offline lives.

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Smartsheet:
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