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February 4, 2018, 4:15 AM

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Alana Semuels / The Atlantic:
Amazon's warehouse expansion around San Bernardino, CA brought jobs but data shows Amazon's warehouse staff earn less than similar US workers employed elsewhere  —  SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.—This community was still reeling from the recession in 2012 when it got a piece of what seemed like good news.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Amazon could disrupt US healthcare by converting a standardized healthcare interface for its employees into a marketplace for individuals and other employers  —  It's pretty rare for the same company to feature in two consecutive Weekly Articles; yesterday's announcement …
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Dozens of people, rich from blockchain startups and cryptocurrency, try to build “Sol”, a Puerto Rican city where money is virtual and contracts are public  —  SAN JUAN, P.R. — They call what they are building Puertopia.  But then someone told them, apparently in all seriousness …
Brad Sams / Thurrott.com:
Microsoft to stop offering the lightweight Windows 10 S as a separate SKU, will offer “S Mode” in all Windows 10 versions instead  —  When Microsoft announced Windows 10 S, it was immediately clear that this SKU didn't fit well into Microsoft's lineup.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple launches repair program for small percentage of iPhone 7 devices affected by a bug that shows no available cell service even when cell coverage available  —  Apple today launched a repair program for iPhone 7 devices that are impacted by an ongoing bug that causes them to have no available service …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Zero-day vulnerability in the current version of Flash is being actively exploited in the wild; Adobe plans to patch it next week  —  Adobe plans to have a fix for the critical flaw next week.  —  An increasingly sophisticated hacking group is exploiting a zero-day vulnerability …
Brad Stone / Bloomberg:
How Amazon may prevent Alexa ads from activating Echo devices: acoustic fingerprint comparison and inaudible sound signals  —  Amazon.com Inc. is advertising its Alexa-powered speakers in the big game on Sunday.  It's an amusing 90 seconds that features celebrities like Gordon Ramsay …
Paul Lewis / The Guardian:
How YouTube's recommendation algorithm can promote divisive clips and conspiracy videos and may have spread disinformation during the 2016 election  —  An ex-YouTube insider reveals how its recommendation algorithm promotes divisive clips and conspiracy videos.  Did they harm Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency?
New York Times:
Alibaba and Tencent, who have tested online medical advice and drug tracking systems, are now experimenting with AI to fix China's broken healthcare system  —  BEIJING — Amazon and two other American titans are trying to shake up health care by experimenting with their own employees' coverage.
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