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January 28, 2018, 12:10 PM

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New York Times:
How Devumi uses its 3.5M+ automated Twitter accounts, sometimes based on stolen social identities, to sell followers and retweets to 200K+ customers  —  Everyone wants to be popular online.  —  Some even pay for it.  —  Inside social media's black market.
Jan Wolfe / Reuters:
New Copyright Royalty Board ruling requires streaming services to give 15.1%, up from 10.5%, of revenue to songwriters and music publishers over next five years  —  (Reuters) - U.S. copyright authorities on Saturday decided to increase over the next five years the royalty payments music streaming companies …
Ryne Hager / Android Police:
Google's AI-powered Clips camera is now available in the US Google Store for $249, with first deliveries expected in March  —  Three months ago Google announced the Google Clips, a tiny clip-on camera powered by some impressive machine learning technology.  The idea behind it was that rather …
Josh Lovejoy / Google Design:
James Vincent / The Verge:
AI advances are now making automated analysis of live surveillance video possible, presaging useful applications while raising serious questions about privacy  —  What happens when digital eyes get the brains to match?  —  We usually think of surveillance cameras as digital eyes …
Robert Draper / National Geographic:
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
YouTube served ads containing Coinhive's cryptocurrency-mining and CPU-draining JavaScript, likely via Google's DoubleClick; Google says ads now blocked  —  Ad campaign lets attackers profit while unwitting users watch videos.  —  YouTube was recently caught displaying ads …
Yuji Nakamura / Bloomberg:
Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck says it will repay all 260K users who lost money in Friday's theft of ~$400M in NEM coins  —  Users will receive 88.549 yen for each coin that was stolen  —  Japanese exchange will compensate clients using internal funds
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
Economists worry that the tax incentive competition solicited by Amazon for HQ2 will divert taxpayer funds from education, infrastructure, and other priorities  —  When New Jersey announced a $7 billion package of tax incentives to try to lure Amazon's second headquarters to Newark …
Paris Martineau / The Outline:
Inside the cryptocurrency pump and dump chat groups, where high-ranking members may get the pump signal 0.5 to 3 secs early, before dumping to the general pool  —  Inside the group chats where people pump and dump cryptocurrency  —  How self-proclaimed “pump and dump groups” scam thousands of wannabe altcoin investors.
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