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January 19, 2021, 4:55 AM

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Los Angeles Times:
Amateur digital sleuths have joined massive crowdsourcing efforts on social media to track violent Capitol rioters, passing the evidence to authorities  —  The digital sleuths take to their computers in the moments when they can peel away from their real-world responsibilities — jobs …
Sohee Kim / Bloomberg:
Samsung Electronics heir Jay Y. Lee was sentenced to 30 months in prison over bribery charges; Lee still faces a second prosecution related to succession  —  - Lee sentenced to two and a half years in jail after court case  — Samsung succession scandal has rocked South Korea for years
Washington Post:
Tech giants are bracing for tougher regulation under Biden's administration, as Democrats' calls for regulation have become more urgent after Capitol attacks  —  The Democratic Party's calls for regulation have grown more urgent in the days since Biden won the presidency …
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
Social media algorithms amplify the reach of incendiary, misinformation-filled conspiracy theories, and users have no control over them  —  What you see in your feeds isn't up to you.  What's at stake is no longer just missing a birthday.  It's your sanity—and world peace.
Joan Donovan / HBR.org:
Reuters:
Sources: in a flurry of parting actions against China, Trump's admin has notified Huawei suppliers including Intel that it's revoking licenses to sell to Huawei  —  NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration notified Huawei suppliers, including chipmaker Intel …
Sebastian Sinclair / CoinDesk:
Maps.me, an offline mobile map for travelers, raises $50M in a funding round led by Alameda Research, aims to launch “yield earning” DeFi tools inside the app  —  The funding will go toward the launch of a multi-currency wallet on Maps.me, enabling decentralized finance (DeFi) features for 140 million users.
Varsha Bansal / Rest of World:
Inside India's digital crime unit leading the effort to catch groups on WhatsApp and Telegram that create and spread content promoting child sexual abuse  —  October 4 was a big day for police in the southern Indian state of Kerala.  After a months-long investigation, officials launched …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
proSapient, a research service helping customers gather insights from experts via interviews and surveys, raises $10M Series A led by Smedvig Capital  —  For several years there has been talk about how to leverage ‘experts’ online.  How do you ‘suck their brains’ for information in an efficient manner …

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