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February 2, 2019, 6:30 PM

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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Source: Spotify in advanced talks to acquire popular podcast producer Gimlet for $200M+; Gimlet would be Spotify's first purchase of an original content maker  —  Spotify wants to break out of the music streaming business.  Gimlet, the company behind shows like Crimetown and Reply All, can help.
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Court filing: QuadrigaCX founder's widow says the crypto exchange can't access most of coins worth $137M in cold wallets to which only the founder had the keys  —  Troubled Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX owes its customers $190 million and cannot access most of the funds, according to a court filing obtained by CoinDesk.
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Snopes pulls out of Facebook partnership, says Facebook's closed, manual fact-checking entry system is too labor intensive and fails to benefit the whole web  —  Snopes is no longer debunking misinformation in partnership with Facebook.  In a statement published Friday …
Sara Ashley O'Brien / CNN:
As NYC's driver minimum wage law goes into effect, Uber increases its prices and Lyft sues NYC's Taxi and Limousine Commission and says prices will increase  —  New York (CNN Business)Uber and Lyft customers will have to pay more for their rides as a result of the first-of-its-kind driver minimum wage law in New York City.
Jennings Brown / Gizmodo:
A look inside Blind's anonymous chat forum used by Google employees shows transphobic and racist comments and messages critical of Google's diversity efforts  —  In early January, Google systems reliability engineer Liz Fong-Jones announced she was leaving the company after 11 years …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
In day one of arguments, the FCC faced tough questions from a three-judge panel on its definition of broadband and potential issues for public safety agencies  —  The Federal Communications Commission faced sharp questioning from a trio of appellate court judges Friday as the agency sought …
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
Google's internal 2018 employee satisfaction survey: 74% of staffers “positive” that the top exec team can effectively lead in the future, down from 92% in 2017  —  GOOGLE IS A data-obsessed company, but the recent cascade of employee activism can be hard to quantify.
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
Housing advocates say automated tools from companies like CoreLogic, used by landlords to screen tenants, fail to capture the complexity of criminal records  —  But advocates say algorithms can't capture the complexity of criminal records  —  Mikhail Arroyo had made it out of the coma …
Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo:
Rekognition's only known law enforcement client does not use “confidence threshold”, undermining Amazon's defense against research showing the software's bias  —  Faced with two independent studies that found its facial recognition software returns inaccurate or biased results …

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