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January 14, 2018, 11:50 PM

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Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Inside the community of early cryptocurrency investors, now multimillionaires, and how they manage newfound riches and the explosion of interest in the industry  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Recently the founder of something called Ripple briefly became richer than Mark Zuckerberg.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Some Facebook ex-staffers think Twitter-inspired 2013 shift to display more news was a failed experiment, as time spent on FB has declined the past two years  —  Getty Images / John Paczkowski, BuzzFeed News  —  When news broke on Thursday evening of Facebook's dramatic overhaul of its News Feed …
Ben Bajarin / Tech.pinions:
The stature of Apple's ecosystem at CES fades as Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant emerge as platforms of choice for third-party hardware makers  —  I want to make an observation, which I feel is an important one.  However, I don't want it to be taken the wrong way.  For the record, Apple is not doomed.
Horace Dediu / Asymco:
Analysis: iOS users will be spending about $100M/day in 2018 on apps in the App Store, which has been growing at about $5B/year since mid-2011  —  In its latest update on the App Store Apple reported that iOS developers earned $26.5 billion in 2017.  A year ago the figure was $20 billion.
Nikkei:
Source: SoftBank is planning an $18B IPO of its Japanese mobile telecom unit, filing this spring with start of trading this autumn in Tokyo and possibly London  —  Japanese group looking at offerings in Tokyo and London this year  —  TOKYO — SoftBank Group aims to list its mobile phone unit SoftBank Corp …
Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:
Phones can accurately pinpoint user's location via Wi-Fi hotspots, but carriers are slow to adopt the tech for 911 calls due to lack of pressure from regulators  —  Accurate location data is on smartphones, so why don't more wireless carriers use it to locate emergency callers?
E. Tammy Kim / New Yorker:
How Scripto, the collaborative writing app for TV production that Stephen Colbert helped build, has become a hit with news-comedy shows  —  Two months ago, a group of reporters and comedy writers crowded into a conference room in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, to begin work on a new HBO show hosted …
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Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Microsoft's Andrew Shuman says firm is playing the long game with Cortana after Amazon and Google overshadowed Cortana smart home and SDK announcements at CES  —  LAS VEGAS — Lost in the shuffle of Amazon and Google's digital assistant showdown this week at CES is another tech giant's virtual brain: Microsoft's Cortana.

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