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January 20, 2018, 10:25 AM

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Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook to survey users to measure trust in publications, data will affect News Feed rankings; news will make up 4% of News Feed posts, down from 5%  —  Tech giant will rely on user surveys of trustworthiness to try to preserve objectivity  —  Facebook Inc. FB .33% plans to start ranking news sources …
Twitter:
Twitter to email 670K+ US users who interacted with tweets from Russia's Internet Research Agency, found 50K+ Russia-linked bots tweeting election content  —  When we appeared before the United States Congress last fall, Twitter publicly committed to regularly updating both congressional committees …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple has hired a team of at least 18 people from a startup called Silicon Valley Data Science, including the co-founder CEO and CTO  —  Apple has made a quiet but interesting move in its longer-term strategy around courting more business from enterprises.  The company has hired the tech team …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Amazon brings voice control to its Alexa app for Android, with iOS coming soon  —  Amazon's slow push into mobile is getting a lot more real this morning with the addition of voice integration into its Android app for Alexa.  Up to now, the app has been little more than a way to manage settings …
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
OnePlus says up to 40K customers affected in credit card breach between Nov. 2017 and mid-Jan. 2018, offers one year of free credit monitoring to those affected  —  After learning that fraudulent charges were appearing on its customers' credit cards, smartphone maker OnePlus disabled support …
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Amazon raises monthly Prime subscription fee from $10.99 to $12.99 but keeps the $99 annual membership option unchanged  —  Amazon is increasing the monthly price option for Prime from $10.99 to $12.99 as it continues to expand the reach and benefits of the popular fast-shipping program.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
BAMTech Media hires former Apple and Samsung executive Kevin Swint to build and run Disney's upcoming Netflix competitor  —  Disney's BAMTech Media has hired former Apple and Samsung executive Kevin Swint as SVP and GM, Disney SVOD Service, to build, and ultimately run, the company's upcoming Netflix competitor, Variety has learned.
More: Engadget and The Verge
Danny Palmer / ZDNet:
Bitcoin's high transaction fees, delays, and limited anonymity spur cybercriminals towards altcoins like Monero  —  The popularity of bitcoin is creating problems for criminals dealing in ransomware — and some are already casting their gaze towards a less volatile cryptocurrency.
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Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Leaked Snap memo to staff threatens them with termination, financial liability, and even jail time if they leak confidential information about the company  —  Snap Inc. has a simple message to its employees: leak information and you could be sued or even jailed.
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
After initial rejection, Apple approves Wehe, an app that detects net neutrality violations by testing download speeds and video throttling in seven apps  —  Update: Apple backed off.  —  Update: After this article was published, Apple told Dave Choffnes that his iPhone app …
Jared Newman / Fast Company:
Baidu details DuerOS platform strategy and how it plans to compete to get its smart assistant into third party hardware as it looks to expand internationally  —  Unlike Amazon and Google, Baidu's DuerOS avoids competing with its hardware partners.  —  Baidu's Raven H smart speaker is meant to be noticed.
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