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January 22, 2018, 10:05 AM

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Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Amazon Go, a high-tech version of a 7-Eleven, will finally open on Monday — with no checkout lines and no cashiers  —  Amazon Go allows customers to grab items and just walk out without stopping to pay.  —  Amazon's store of the future has been five years in the making.  But the unveiling is just about here.
David Meyer / Fortune:
Facebook to spend €10M expanding its French AI center, doubling Paris-based team to 60, and will also open digital training centers in Spain, Poland, and Italy  —  Facebook will double the number of scientists working on artificial intelligence (AI) research at its Paris base to 60, the company has announced.
Samidh Chakrabarti / Facebook:
Facebook lets inside and outside contributors weigh in on effect of social media on democracy, discusses people's draw to info that strengthens their narratives  —  Around the world, social media is making it easier for people to have a voice in government — to discuss issues, organize around causes, and hold leaders accountable.
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
Instead of limiting time children spend on devices, some researchers argue for increasing it, provided children use the time for learning and creative play  —  New guidance on children and technology makes the distinction between passive exposure and active play and learning with screens
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
Facebook should explain how it will design surveys ranking trust in news sources, whether media can contest rank, whether user ideologies will be a factor, more  —  Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday that Facebook will begin surveying users about which news sources they trust, in an effort to rank publications on “trustworthiness.”
Dave Brooks / Amplify:
A look at Ticketmaster's $110M settlement of a lawsuit by Songkick, after Songkick was acquired by Warner Music Group, according to SEC filing  —  Songkick may have prevailed in its two-year legal battle against Ticketmaster, but it came at a significant cost.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
The rise of cryptocurrency mining has created a global shortage of high-end graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD, driving up prices for retail gamers/buyers  —  “Cryptocurrency can't crash soon enough,” one gamer fumes.  —  The market for high-end graphics cards used to work like the market for almost any other piece of computer gear.

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