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March 5, 2018, 7:45 AM

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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon is in talks with big banks including JPMorgan Chase about a checking-account-like product that would appeal to those without bank accounts  —  Online giant wants to develop product that would appeal to younger customers and those without bank accounts.
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.
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Research from 66 companies' university recruiting sessions shows an unwelcoming environment for women that intimidated or alienated female recruits  —  EACH AUTUMN, BUSINESSES flock to elite universities like Harvard and Stanford to recruit engineers for their first post-university jobs.
Wayne Ma / Wall Street Journal:
Marriott US staffer says he was fired after HR questioned him on Tibet-related tweet he liked via Marriott's account; China pressured Marriott over Tibet issue  —  The severity of the penalty—termination, not reprimand—highlights the unforgiving consequences for companies that offend China
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.
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.

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