January 6, 2018, 3:45 PM

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Twitter says it does not block or remove controversial tweets of world leaders because it would hide important information people should see and debate  —  There's been a lot of discussion about political figures and world leaders on Twitter, and we want to share our stance.
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Experts: human damage to undersea fiber optic cables would be less severe than military warns; of ~428 cables, one is damaged every couple days, often by nature  —  IT MIGHT SEEM like nightmare scenario.  A terrorist organization or nefarious nation state decides to derail the global internet …
Max Yuryev / AppleInsider:
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Google says Assistant is available on 400M+ devices, while it sold more than one Home every second since Home Mini Oct. launch, which translates to 6M+ speakers  —  Google Assistant is now available on 400 million devices, including more than 6 million Home smart speakers sold since the Home Mini first became available last October.
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
New US Customs guidelines for border searches of devices still allow search of info stored locally, need “reasonable suspicion” to move info to external devices  —  The US Customs and Border Protection agency has updated its guidelines for electronic border searches …
Steven Millward / Tech in Asia:
Report: China's tech funding rose to record $58.8B in 2017, up from $56.1B in 2016; logistics and transportation sector raised the highest at $16.8B  —  China's startups and tech giants pulled in a record US$58.8 billion from investors in 2017, according to the Tech in Asia database.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Web developers and Google's own apps are increasingly diverging from open web ethos by optimizing for Google-developed standards that first ship in Chrome  —  Chrome-only sites are a problem  —  Chrome is now the most popular browser across all devices, thanks to Android's popularity …
The Verge:
Sources on how Snap's hub-and-spoke org structure, with Evan Spiegel at the center of all decision-making, has employees on edge amid major overhaul of Snapchat  —  This fall, employees on Snap's product team received a surprising message from CEO Evan Spiegel: stop what you're working on, they were told.

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