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February 13, 2017, 4:25 AM

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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.
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”.
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 …
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 …
Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
Valve's Steam Direct to replace Steam Greenlight, will charge developers a fixed fee to submit a game instead of relying on users to vet submissions  —  Valve wants to take itself out of the equation when it comes to the Steam PC gaming marketplace, and that means it is ending …
Jeffrey Matulef / Eurogamer.net:
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.
Lauren Smiley / Backchannel:
How an increasing number of Silicon Valley employees 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?  —  The morning after Trump's immigration ban, Jessica Alter was jogging by San Francisco's Crissy Field.
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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 …
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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