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February 25, 2019, 6:20 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Interviews with Facebook content moderation contractors in US show they make ~$28K/year, some develop PTSD, and a few are even radicalized by what they see  —  The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America  —  She spent the past three and a half weeks in training …
Justin Osofsky / Facebook:
Facebook says it's committed to enforcing its expectations of working conditions for contractor moderators, and the firms it partners with excel in their domain  —  We know there are a lot of questions, misunderstandings and accusations around Facebook's content review practices …
CNN:
Amid employee pushback, Satya Nadella defends Microsoft's $479M US Army contract for HoloLens, says Microsoft will not withhold tech from democratic governments  —  Barcelona (CNN Business)Satya Nadella has defended Microsoft's $479 million contract to supply augmented reality systems …
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Steve Dent / Engadget:
The SD Association unveils microSD Express format for mobile with data transfer speeds of up to 985 MB/s, lower power consumption, and backwards compatibility  —  The SD Association has unveiled microSD Express, a new format that will bring speeds of up to 985 Mb/s to the tiny memory cards used in smartphones and other devices.
Robert Hackett / Fortune:
Coinbase says that XRP, the third-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, will be added to the Coinbase Pro exchange beginning tomorrow; XRP price jumps ~10%  —  Coinbase plans to add XRP, one of the world's most controversial cryptocurrencies, to the list of virtual coins traded on its exchange, the company said Monday.
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook restores network of Russia-backed pages targeting US millennials, 10 days after suspending them, after forcing those behind them to disclose RT ties  —  New York (CNN Business)Facebook said Monday that it would allow a network of millennial-focused pages tied to the Russian state …
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority:
Google says it is bringing Assistant to Android Messages and it will utilize on-device AI so that no conversations will be sent to Google  —  The Google Assistant is everywhere.  To access it on your Android phone, you can either long-press your phone's home button, use the “Okay, Google” …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Sprint says it will launch its 5G network in May, starting in four US cities, and that the 5G network will be part of Google Fi and not use millimeter wave tech  —  Sprint plans to launch its 5G network this May, starting in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and Kansas City.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Sony unveils 6.5-inch Xperia 1 with a cinematic 21:9 4K HDR OLED display, Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM, triple 12MP cameras, and a 3,330mAH battery  —  The tall phones are coming  —  Sony has long struggled to get its phones noticed in the sea of top-tier Android devices, so at MWC 2019 …

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