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October 14, 2018, 3:15 PM

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Megan Molteni / Wired:
Researchers: 60% of Americans of European descent can be identified via public DNA databases, regardless of whether they've submitted their own DNA data or not  —  IN 2013, A young computational biologist named Yaniv Erlich shocked the research world by showing it was possible to unmask …
Alison Griswold / Quartz:
How Uber's team of economists tests new features and incentives, writes highly-cited academic papers, and provides talking points for public policy initiatives  —  It's hard to explain just how much economists love Uber.  —  Economists love Uber like a mother loves her child.
Anand Giridharadas / New York Times:
If Silicon Valley is sincere about “changing the world”, it should return Saudi billions until alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi has been suitably investigated  —  Technology companies can no longer turn a blind eye to the human rights abuses of one of their largest investors.
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Consultants advise law enforcement officers not to look at iPhone screens because it may trigger Face ID too many times and iPhones may revert to passcodes  —  After five failed attempts with the ‘wrong’ face, Apple's Face ID system will fall back to asking a passcode; a tricky situation for investigators.
Michael Joseph Gross / The Atlantic:
Inside DARPA's neurotechnology research program for healing and enhancement of the human body and mind through neural implants and brain-machine interfaces  —  I. Who Could Object?  —  “Tonight I would like to share with you an idea that I am extremely passionate about,” the young man said.
Rossalyn Warren / WIRED UK:
Egyptian law enforcement is using the country's new law against “fake news” to imprison women who share their sexual harassment experiences on social platforms  —  Social media accelerated Egypt's revolution.  Now those same services have become a tool of control for a repressive regime

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