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January 22, 2018, 12:10 PM

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Samidh Chakrabarti / Facebook:
Hard Questions: What Effect Does Social Media Have on Democracy?  —  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.  As recently as 2011, when social media played …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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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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.

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