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October 16, 2017, 1:15 AM

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Matt Rosoff / CNBC:
Despite the backlash from politicians and the press, most Americans view big tech favorably  —  - Despite a growing chorus of anti-tech sentiment from the press and Washington, people still view tech companies favorably.  — That's because most people are choosing to use these products because they make their lives better.
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Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
Regina R. Clewlow / Planetizen:
Survey: ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft have most likely reduced mass transit use and added to traffic in major US cities  —  Useable data of the effects of ride-hailing service on travel behavior is sorely lacking, but a new study sheds light on critical questions about what companies …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Surreptitious cryptocurrency miners hide on PolitiFact and hundreds of other sites  —  Politifact is the latest and perhaps most high-profile website to have hosted code that secretly hijacks visitors' CPUs to mine cryptocurrency.  Driven by a boom in cryptocoin value and a lack of protections …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
The difficulty of the three steps required to hack power grids explains why actual disruptions are so rare  —  IN 2017, IT can sometimes seem like power grids are practically crawling with digital intruders.  Over just the last four months, news has emerged that Russian hackers penetrated …
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New York Times:
How North Korea's cyber warfare unit grew from a joke in 2009 into a major and active threat today, backed by 6,000+ hackers  —  When North Korean hackers tried to steal $1 billion from the New York Federal Reserve last year, only a spelling error stopped them.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promises to crack down on hate, violence, and harassment with “more aggressive” rules  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took to...Twitter today to promise a “more aggressive” stance in its rules and how it enforces them.  The tweet storm was based in a response …
Sophia Ciocca / Hacker Noon:
How Spotify's Discover Weekly makes recommendations: a mix of collaborative filtering, natural language processing, and analyzing raw audio tracks  —  The science behind personalized music recommendations  —  This Monday—just like every Monday— over 100 million Spotify users found a fresh new playlist waiting for them.

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