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March 5, 2018, 3:45 AM

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
KGI: Apple to release more affordable 13-inch MacBook Air in Q2, HomePod demand ‘mediocre’ so far  —  Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is today out with a pair of new investor notes on Apple.  The analyst offers new supply chain details on the new iPhones coming this year, AirPods demand, and more.
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Facebook says it doesn't know how many followed Russia's IRA accounts on Instagram; researcher finds that 27 of 170 deleted accounts had ~2.2M followers total  —  FOR MORE THAN a year, Jonathan Albright has served as something of a one-man General Accounting Office for the tech industry.
Drew Lindsay / The Chronicle of Philanthropy:
Anonymous Bitcoin philanthropist Pine discusses his donations of ~5000 BTC, now worth ~$57M; non-profits such as EFF and Watsi describe receiving the donations  —  One day in January, Linda Tannenbaum opened an email that would radically change her small, medical-research charity almost overnight.
Motherboard:
Researchers say IOTA, a cryptocurrency project with $5B+ market cap, has major security flaws; IOTA developers try to deflect claim with questionable responses  —  Leaked emails between IOTA developers and researchers have landed the cryptocurrency in hot water.
Frank Chaparro / Business Insider:
Coinbase plans to add 250 staff, and Circle says it wants to add ~200, while source says Kraken plans to add 800, each to roughly double their headcount in 2018  —  - A slew of crypto exchanges are looking to hire, with Coinbase, Kraken, and Circle preparing to double their head count in 2018.
Rani Molla / Recode:
Adobe Analytics: the time smartphone users spend on websites per visit has decreased by 10% since 2015; the amount of money spent per visit has increased by 27%  —  Faster mobile speeds could mean more money for online retailers.  —  Each time Americans visit retail websites on their phones, they're spending less time but more money.
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