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January 17, 2018, 5:25 AM

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Zeynep Tufekci / Wired:
Free speech online has grown even as Facebook, Google, Twitter control more attention; most effective censorship now is meddling with trust, not muzzling speech  —  FOR MOST OF modern history, the easiest way to block the spread of an idea was to keep it from being mechanically disseminated.
Steven Johnson / New York Times:
An in-depth look at the potential of decentralized blockchain tech that aims to fix some of the internet's fundamental structural problems  —  Yes, it's driven by greed — but the mania for cryptocurrency could wind up building something much more important than wealth.
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
22 attorneys general file lawsuit to stop FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules; Mozilla, other net neutrality advocates also filed suits against FCC  —  The legal fight against the Federal Communications Commission's recent repeal of so-called net neutrality regulations began on Tuesday …
Brian Boucher / artnet News:
Google's Arts & Culture app becomes the number one free app on the iOS App Store after its face-matching feature that was added in December goes viral  —  The search behemoth's app was all the rage on social media this weekend.  —  Googling yourself took on a whole new meaning this weekend.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube says new creators will need 4K hours of watch time and 1K subs to join Partner Program for ad revenue; Google Preferred videos to be reviewed by humans  —  YouTube is making its creator revenue-sharing program more restrictive and will start manually reviewing all videos …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Kaspersky Lab says it's found an Android spying app, likely by Italian vendors, that relies on five exploits to gain root access and can steal WhatsApp messages  —  Skygofree is among the most powerful spy platforms ever created for Android.  —  Last year, researchers found …
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Ripple and its investors hold many billions of dollars worth of XRP cryptocurrency, which is not meaningfully tied to Ripple's core tool used by banks, xCurrent  —  - Ripple could bring in hundreds of millions of dollars a month by selling a tiny fraction of its XRP holdings.
Bloomberg:
China Labor Watch report finds some workers at Catcher iPhone plant worked around noxious chemicals when safety equipment was not present; Apple, Catcher deny  —  Rights group alleges 14 violations of Apple supplier standards  —  Apple says it investigated claims, found no standards breached

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