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January 27, 2018, 1:45 AM

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Yuji Nakamura / Bloomberg:
Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck says that 500M NEM cryptocurrency tokens, worth ~$400M, have been “illicitly” transferred out of the exchange  —  Coincheck Inc., one of Japan's biggest digital exchanges, said that about $400 million of the NEM cryptocurrency was lost after it was sent …
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
Diversity advocates inside Google, including queer and transgender staff, say they are being targeted by a small group of coworkers with doxxing and harassment  —  FIRED GOOGLE ENGINEER James Damore says he was vilified and harassed for questioning what he calls the company's liberal political orthodoxy …
Evan Blass / VentureBeat:
Renders of upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ leak, both look similar to their S8 predecessors  —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  Having opted against what would have been an uncharacteristic debut at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas — in teaser capacity or otherwise …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
YouTube served ads containing Coinhive's cryptocurrency-mining, CPU-draining JavaScript, likely via Google's DoubleClick ad server; Google says ads now blocked  —  Ad campaign lets attackers profit while unwitting users watch videos.  —  YouTube was recently caught displaying ads …
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Sources: VCs with long Bitcoin experience like a16z, USV, are passing on Telegram's ICO; VCs newer to cryptocurrencies like KPCB, Sequoia, Benchmark, investing  —  The investors are not who you'd expect.  —  Some of the most prominent investors in cryptocurrency are passing …
Will Oremus / Slate:
Google is testing Bulletin, an app letting users report and publish local news stories about their communities, as a limited pilot in Nashville, TN, Oakland, CA  —  Google appears to be testing a new tool for people to report and publish local news stories, called Bulletin.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook will allow fans of game streamers to tip creators a minimum of $3 as part of its new gaming creator pilot program  —  Facebook Live is launching monetization for video gameplay streamers, allowing users to tip creators a minimum of $3 via the desktop site.
Jonathan Keane / Tech.eu:
Mail.ru acquires Russian e-sports firm ESforce, which had 116M users in 2017, for $100M  —  Russian tech giant Mail.ru has acquired e-sports company ESforce for $100 million.  —  The all-cash deal will see Mail.ru purchase 100% of the Moscow-based company and has been approved by company directors.

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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
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