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January 15, 2018, 8:15 AM

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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.
More: 9to5Mac
Tom Simonite / Wired:
After mislabeling some black people as “gorillas” in 2015, Google Photos says it still blocks similar search terms due to limitations of computer vision tech  —  IN 2015, A black software developer embarrassed Google by tweeting that the company's Photos service had labeled photos of him with a black friend as “gorillas.”
Li Tao / South China Morning Post:
Profile of Transsion, Chinese vendor who is now among the top mobile phone brands in Africa and is making inroads in India with cheap feature and smart phones  —  India seen as one of the most important overseas smartphone markets for Chinese brands which face stiff competition at home
Frances Schwartzkopff / Bloomberg:
Danish police charge 1,004 youths with distributing sexually explicit material of two 15-year-olds following a tip-off from Facebook  —  Police have charged more than 1,000 young people in case  —  Crackdown comes as global #MeToo movement focuses on sex abuse
More: The Local

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