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January 22, 2018, 1:42 PM

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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.
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.
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.
Anastasia Lyrchikova / Reuters:
Two of Microsoft's official distributors in Russia have imposed restrictions on sales of Microsoft software to 200+ Russian firms, to comply with US sanctions  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two of Microsoft's official distributors in Russia have imposed restrictions on sales of Microsoft software …
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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
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Coinbase hires former Twitter executive Tina Bhatnagar as its VP of Operations and Technology  —  The digital currency exchange Coinbase has been on a rocket ship ride for the last year, signing up a flood of new retail and institutional clients eager to be part of the ongoing crypto craze.

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