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December 18, 2017, 12:40 PM

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Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook is clamping down on “engagement bait”, posts that ask people for Likes or shares, by demoting them in the News Feed  —  Facebook has identified a new kind of spam: Engagement baiting.  —  Facebook is cracking down on a new type of clickbait: Posts that ask people to …
Thuy Ong / The Verge:
Twitter starts enforcing new policies on violence and hateful conduct both on platform and off it, but changes don't apply to military or government entities  —  Policies now extend to hateful imagery and to conduct both on platform and off  —  Twitter says it will now begin enforcing …
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Inside the investigation led by the FBI to identify key perpetrators behind the Mirai Botnet, which was created initially to DDoS Minecraft servers  —  THE MOST DRAMATIC cybersecurity story of 2016 came to a quiet conclusion Friday in an Anchorage courtroom, as three young American computer …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Reddit updates its Android and iOS apps with support for real-time comments, chat, mod tools, and more  —  Reddit today is giving its mobile apps a major upgrade - the first since their launch last year, when the company decided to take back control over the official Reddit experience on mobile …
More: The Verge and Engadget
Matthew Hughes / The Next Web:
Opera Software rebrands to Otello Corporation after selling its browser business to a group of Chinese investors in 2016  —  Reuters is reporting that Opera Software ASA — the Norwegian company best known for its web browser — is rebranding to Otello Corporation.
More: Reuters
Reuters:
France files complaint against Amazon seeking a fine of €10M for abusing its dominant position with some suppliers  —  PARIS (Reuters) - The French government has filed a complaint with the Paris Commerce Court against e-commerce company Amazon for abusing its dominant position with some suppliers …
Mike Murphy / Quartz:
The number of AmazonBasics products available on Amazon.com grew from about 250 products in June 2013 to over 1,500 products now, according to Internet Archive  —  Amazon launched a house brand, called AmazonBasics, in 2009.  It was originally a way for Amazon to sell low-cost …
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Casa Systems, maker of cable, wireless, and optical network gear and software, closed up 11% on Friday, after raising $78M in a downsized IPO  —  Andover, Massachusetts-based Casa Systems had a tough time pulling off its IPO this week.  —  The broadband solutions company wanted to debut Thursday …
Steven Russolillo / Wall Street Journal:
ICO fundraising topped $4B in 2017, up from $225M in 2016, according to Autonomous Research  —  Some regulators say ICOs should be regulated like securities  —  HONG KONG—Money raised from initial coin offerings has surged past $4 billion for the first time, even as regulators world-wide …
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