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January 23, 2018, 2:25 AM

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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.
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 …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Android 8.1 Speed Labels now show WiFi network speeds before connecting, helping decide between networks to join; admins can opt-out of having speed displayed  —  Oreo was a bit of a lackluster update on first launch, but the mobile operating system is getting some nice new tricks with 8.1's updates.
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 …
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 …
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Montana governor signs executive order barring data discrimination, the first such attempt by any state governor to uphold net neutrality since FCC repeal  —  Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order on Monday requiring internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality principles.
Ian Chaffee / USC News:
Report: In US, time spent online increased from 9.4 to 23.6 hours per week since 2000; 84% now use phone to access the internet compared to 23% in 2010  —  USC Annenberg's Center for the Digital Future reveals facts and figures on the net's surging impact in America
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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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