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January 13, 2019, 3:40 AM

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David Pierce / Wall Street Journal:
How MicroLED display technology, demoed by Samsung at CES, may let customers assemble their own TVs to the exact size and shape they want, like LEGO bricks  —  MicroLED is better looking, more efficient and more versatile than any previous display tech.  Now all Samsung, Sony …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Research shows self-reported heavy Facebook users make impaired decisions, like drug addicts, on a classic test of maximizing rewards  —  Researchers at Michigan State University are exploring the idea that there's more to “social media addiction” than casual joking about being too online might suggest.
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Lindsey O'Donnell / Threatpost:
Dozens of government websites rendered insecure or inaccessible due to 80+ expired TLS certificates that haven't been renewed due to the US government shutdown  —  As the U.S. federal shutdown continues, dozens of U.S. government websites have been rendered either insecure or inaccessible due …
Emma Best / Gizmodo:
An overview of internal WikiLeaks data the US government collected from 2009 through at least 2017, including chats with identifying details on some sources  —  Late last year, the U.S. government accidentally revealed that a sealed complaint had been filed against Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.
Sarah Sluis / AdExchanger:
Piano, a SaaS platform for digital publishers including 1,300 media brands, raises $22M Series B to help publishers bring in non-ad revenue  —  Piano, whose tech and services gives digital publishers a way to supplement their ad revenue, raised $22 million in Series B funding Thursday to expand …
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Rita Katz / Wired:
How ISIS is changing how it uses tech to recruit and coordinate, by moving to free public chat apps and services like RocketChat, Yahoo Together, Viber, Discord  —  HEADS UP, TECH companies: If your product appeals to the masses, it likely also holds allure for terrorist groups like ISIS.
Emilie Filou / Quartz:
Madagascar's data processing and call centers for international clients flourished after it built out cable internet in 2009 with speeds exceeding those of UK  —  In a large, open-space office, employees are busy processing promotional coupons for a well-known supermarket chain …

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