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January 22, 2018, 2:55 PM

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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Samidh Chakrabarti / Facebook:
Facebook says social media has mixed effect on democracies: it gives many a voice but paves way for false news, foreign interference, echo chambers, harassment  —  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.
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.
Rupert Murdoch / News Corp:
Rupert Murdoch suggests Facebook pay carriage fees similar to the cable TV model to recognize trusted publishers  —  News Corp today issued the following statement from Executive Chairman, Rupert Murdoch:  —  “Facebook and Google have popularized scurrilous news sources through algorithms …
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Microsoft reveals new Windows 10 laptops for schools starting at $189 to challenge Chromebooks, announces chemistry-focused Minecraft: Education Edition update  —  When it comes to the lucrative education market, Microsoft doesn't want to be left behind — especially when that Google's Chromebooks are increasingly popular with schools.
Anna Irrera / Reuters:
Study of 372+ ICOs shows that ~$400M of the total $3.7B funds raised to date have been stolen, with phishing as the most widely used hacking technique  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 10 percent of funds raised through “initial coin offerings” are lost or stolen in hacker attacks …
Matthew Gault / Motherboard:
A look at VRChat, a free app for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive with over 1.5M installs on Steam, which lets users create and explore virtual worlds with other people  —  It was in the depths of the Mickey Mouse dungeon, the music of the Mouse's rap album coursing through my headphones, that I decided VRChat was brilliant.

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