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January 2, 2018, 11:50 AM

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BBC:
Germany starts enforcing law under which social networks will be fined up to €50M if they fail to remove hate speech, fake news, and illegal material  —  Germany is set to start enforcing a law that demands social media sites move quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and illegal material.
ProPublica:
Study shows Facebook's hate speech rules are unevenly enforced, with the company agreeing its censors made mistakes on 22 of 49 posts submitted for explanation  —  We asked Facebook about its handling of 49 posts that might be deemed offensive.  The company acknowledged that its content reviewers had made the wrong call on 22 of them.
Emily Chang / Vanity Fair:
An excerpt from Emily Chang's upcoming book Brotopia, on Silicon Valley's drug-fueled sex parties attended by powerful investors and well-known entrepreneurs  —  Some of the most powerful men in Silicon Valley are regulars at exclusive, drug-fueled, sex-laced parties—gatherings they describe …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Smart lock maker Otto, which unveiled its first product in August 2017, suspends operations  —  Otto showed the world its digital lock in August.  Four months later, the company has suspended operations.  Hardware is hard.  It's a cliche for a reason.  —  The company made the decision …
Fred Wilson / AVC:
Three interrelated macro themes dominated this year in tech: the breakout of crypto, beginning of the end of white male dominance, and the backlash against tech  —  As has become my practice, I celebrate the end of a year and the start of a new one here at AVC with back to back posts focusing …
Justin McCurry / The Guardian:
YouTube star Logan Paul sparked outrage by posting a now-removed video of an alleged suicide victim in a Japanese forest  —  American YouTuber joked with friends on film after coming across the apparent suicide victim  —  The celebrity YouTuber Logan Paul has sparked outrage after posting …
Freedom to Tinker:
How third-party scripts on websites exploit a flaw in browsers' built-in password managers to identify and track users  —  In this second installment of the No Boundaries series, we show how a long-known vulnerability in browsers' built-in password managers is abused by third-party scripts for tracking on more than a thousand sites.
Newley Purnell / Wall Street Journal:
Alibaba's UC Browser, with 430M+ users worldwide, leads in emerging markets with low-end smartphones, with 51% of India's mobile browser market vs Chrome's 30%  —  Alibaba's UC Browser is dominating in emerging markets with lower-end smartphones  —  JAKARTA, Indonesia …
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Groups skeptical of climate change are gaming Google's largely automated ad systems to promote misleading claims that reject established climate science  —  Groups that reject established climate science can use the search engine's advertising business to their advantage …
Nicolas Parasie / Wall Street Journal:
A look at Emirati billionaire Mohamed Alabbar's $1B ecommerce venture Noon, a competitor to Amazon's Souq in the Middle East, founded in 2016  —  Real-estate tycoon Mohamed Alabbar launched Noon to compete with the U.S. tech giant for a foothold in the region's online shopping boom
Ben Kentish / The Independent:
Iran blocks access to Instagram and Telegram apps amid anti-government protests  —  Authorities respond after demonstrations leave at least two dead  —  Live: New Year's Eve celebrations kick off around the world  —  Coutinho move from Liverpool to Barca accidentally confirmed by Nike
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