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February 4, 2018, 12:15 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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?
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.
Bloomberg:
JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and Citigroup halting credit card transactions with cryptocurrency exchanges; Bank of America debit card purchases not affected  —  A growing list of card issuers are declining crypto purchases  —  After recent price drops, JPMorgan doesn't want credit risk

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IBM:
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Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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