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January 22, 2018, 11:30 AM

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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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Uber Eats acquires New York-based Ando, the food delivery startup from David Chang that makes its own food  —  As food delivery hopefuls like Deliveroo and Amazon get more involved in the making of food themselves, Uber's food delivery branch Uber Eats has made an acquisition that could see the company …
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.
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
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: YouTube Live has ~300,000 subs, and Hulu's Live TV service has ~450,000; both services trail DirecTV Now and Dish Sling, which have millions of subs  —  - Hulu and YouTube both launched live TV services last year, in an effort to take on cable channels.
Alice Gregory / Wired:
Profile of Yondr, maker of the lockable smartphone pouches used at concerts, shows, courtrooms, churches, and more to restrict smartphone use  —  LATE LAST FALL, in the gleaming white lobby of Madison Square Garden, uniformed attendants were posted at security stations to make thousands of smartphones stupid.
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.
Doug Bock Clark / Wired:
Profile of Megan Squire, the activist and CS professor who created a database for tracking far-right extremists to feed info to organizations such as the SPLC  —  THE EMAIL ARRIVED just as Megan Squire was starting to cook Thanksgiving dinner.  She was flitting between the kitchen …

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