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January 2, 2018, 3:45 PM

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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 …
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
Report: after years of trying, Amazon and Salesforce have made “significant progress” in move away from Oracle tech by building their own and using open-source  —  Amazon and Salesforce have long searched for alternatives to Oracle's technology — and now, the pair have made …
Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Thiel's Founders Fund bought $15-$20M in bitcoin, now worth hundreds of millions, spread across multiple funds, one of which began investing in mid-'17  —  Founders Fund, the venture-capital firm co-founded by Peter Thiel, has bought large sums of bitcoin that are now worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
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  —  Outcry after American posts video in which he jokes with friends over apparent suicide victim they came across in forest  —  The celebrity YouTuber Logan Paul …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon says it shipped 5B+ items with Prime in 2017 and that more new members joined Prime worldwide in 2017 than any other year  —  Amazon still won't officially reveal how many consumers worldwide participate in its Amazon Prime membership program, but it did today offer a few new stats related to that program's adoption and growth.
Brad Sams / Thurrott.com:
Microsoft and Amazon miss integration deadline for Cortana and Alexa; Amazon says they expect to roll it out “soon”  —  Last year, in August, Microsoft and Amazon announced a partnership that would allow the two digital assistants to talk to each other.
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.
BBC:

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