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February 3, 2018, 6:20 PM

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Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Dozens of entrepreneurs, made newly wealthy by blockchain startups and cryptocurrencies, attempt to build a crypto utopia in the tax haven of Puerto Rico  —  SAN JUAN, P.R. — They call what they are building Puertopia.  But then someone told them, apparently in all seriousness, that it translates to “eternal boy playground” in Latin.
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 …
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?
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
YouTube CEO Wojcicki promises more transparency, better appeals process for demonetization, including more human reviews, and consequences for “egregious” cases  —  YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki took to the service's Creator Blog last night to issue some broad goals for the year forward.
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube says it will start labeling videos from state-funded broadcasters like PBS and RT, considers surfacing videos from credible sources alongside hoaxes  —  Google unit to provide more context around some videos  —  YouTube said it is planning changes to give users more context …
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 …
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.
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
Former employee of Ripcord, a paper record digitization service, says she was fired after reporting harassment, asserts CEO made lewd comments about her  —  - A former female employee of high-flying startup Ripcord said she was fired after reporting harassment and a toxic environment at the company.
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed:
Users in India shed light on the dynamics of family WhatsApp groups, which have become an integral extension of the families themselves  —  A still from Hum Aapke Hain Koun, a high-grossing 1994 Bollywood film that tells the story of large Indian joint families grappling with their values.

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