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January 22, 2018, 6:55 PM

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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix beats in Q4 with 8.3M new worldwide subs, vs 5M est., and almost 2M in US, vs 1.28M est.; revenue of $3.29B meets expectations; stock up 8%+ after hours  —  Netflix reeled in 8.3 million new streaming subscribers — including almost 2 million in the U.S. — handily beating Wall Street estimates for the fourth quarter of 2017.
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 …
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.
Melinda Newman / Billboard:
Apple launches Apple Music for Artists, a dashboard to provide musicians with insights into their fans' listening and purchasing habits, currently in beta  —  Today Apple launches Apple Music for Artists, a dashboard designed to provide acts with hundreds of data points giving deep analytical insight …
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.
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 …
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Sources: Coinbase crossed $1B in revenue in 2017, sends reminder to investors that it does not allow trading of its stock on secondary markets  —  Coinbase issues a statement that warns its own shareholders.  —  Coinbase, the bitcoin trading broker that has exploded in popularity …
Ben Lang / Road to VR:
Windows VR headset and motion controller bundles from Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo are discounted between 39% and 52% on Amazon  —  If you've been eyeing a Windows VR headset, you'll be interested to see the huge discounts currently available from Amazon US on every Windows VR headset except for the Samsung Odyssey.

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