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A look at the Change My View subreddit, where people can post opinions that commenters challenge and must reply within three hours of civil debate (Virginia Heffernan/Wired)

Inside the lives of social media stars' parents who are mastering new platforms, dealing with shady agents, and focused on the physical safety of their kids (Taylor Lorenz/The Atlantic)

Baidu details DuerOS platform strategy and how it plans to compete to get its smart assistant into third party hardware as it looks to expand internationally (Jared Newman/Fast Company)

Bitcoin's high transaction fees, delays, and limited anonymity spur cybercriminals towards altcoins like Monero (Danny Palmer/ZDNet)

BAMTech Media hires former Apple and Samsung executive Kevin Swint to build and run Disney's upcoming Netflix competitor (Janko Roettgers/Variety)

289 groups and individuals signed 23 SCOTUS amicus briefs supporting Microsoft's case to prevent US government seizure of emails stored on servers in Ireland (Brad Smith/Microsoft on the Issues)

Twitter to email 670K+ US users who interacted with tweets from Russia's Internet Research Agency, found 50K+ Russia-linked bots tweeting election content (Twitter)

President Trump signs the bill to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, extending warrantless surveillance program through 2023 (Martin Matishak/Politico)

Facebook to survey users to measure trust in publications, data will affect News Feed rankings; news will make up 4% of News Feed posts, down from 5% (Deepa Seetharaman/Wall Street Journal)

Sources: YouTube plans to create Intelligence Desk to seek out inappropriate content using Google data, user reports, social media trends, outside consultants (Alex Kantrowitz/BuzzFeed)

Apple has hired a team of at least 18 people from a startup called Silicon Valley Data Science, including the co-founder CEO and CTO (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

EU says social networks remove 70% of hate speech, up from 59% in May, review 81% of reported content within 24 hours; Instagram and Google+ join the initiative (Katie Collins/CNET)

Amazon brings voice control to its Alexa app for Android, with iOS coming soon (Brian Heater/TechCrunch)

After initial rejection, Apple approves Wehe, an app that detects net neutrality violations by testing download speeds and video throttling in seven apps (Jason Koebler/Motherboard)

Sources: Facebook's lead liaison with Beijing, Wang-Li Moser, resigned in December after a three-year tenure in a fresh setback to its China charm campaign (Paul Mozur/New York Times)

OnePlus says up to 40K customers affected in credit card breach between Nov. 2017 and mid-Jan. 2018, offers one year of free credit monitoring to those affected (Chris Velazco/Engadget)

16 banks and financial services companies publicly linked to Ripple say they haven't used its XRP token, but some say they use Ripple's systems to move money (Financial Times)

Leaked Snapchat memo to staff threatens them with termination, financial liability, and even jail time if they leak confidential information about the company (Alex Heath/Cheddar)

BoingBoing and EFF file a motion to dismiss Playboy's lawsuit for a 2016 post that linked to a collection of centerfold pictures on Imgur and YouTube (Boing Boing)

Amazon raises monthly Prime subscription fee from $10.99 to $12.99 but keeps the $99 annual membership option unchanged (Nat Levy/GeekWire)

Young Chinese tech entrepreneurs find Silicon Valley unimpressive on their latest annual trip, say moonshot ideas and long development times don't work in China (Li Yuan/Wall Street Journal)

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SEC details concerns over crypto investments, demands answers from fund managers on how mutual funds/ETFs will store, safeguard, and price cryptocurrency assets (Reuters)

San Francisco-based mobile banking startup Varo Money closes $45M Series B led by Warburg Pincus and TPG-led The Rise Fund (Katie Roof/TechCrunch)

Intel's D415 and D435 ready-to-use RealSense depth cameras, which can add 3D vision to any device or machine, now available for preorder for $149 and $145 (Mariella Moon/Engadget)

Chinese AI voice assistant developer Rokid raises Series B extension led by Temasek, a round which source says is $100M (Catherine Shu/TechCrunch)

Google and Tencent sign global patent cross-licensing deal covering a range of products and technologies, will team up on developing future technologies (Cate Cadell/Reuters)

Interview with Microsoft's Brad Smith and Harry Shum on company's new book, The Future Computed: Artificial Intelligence and its Role in Society (Ina Fried/Axios)

Western tech companies will increasingly need to compete with Chinese counterparts where employees work very long hours and enjoy few perks (Michael Moritz/Financial Times)

Twitch debuts Video Producer that lets creators pre-record, post-produce, rerun videos; brings in four of YouTube's popular gamers to create exclusive content (Valentina Palladino/Ars Technica)

Italy's antitrust agency opens probe into allegations that Apple and Samsung used software updates to slow phones and induce customers to buy newer models (Crispian Balmer/Reuters)

FCC keeps broadband speed definition, won't merge mobile with fixed broadband when measuring quality of connections, proposes $500M to expand rural broadband (Devin Coldewey/TechCrunch)

Apple redesigns App Store web interface to match design of iOS 11 App Store with larger images, focus on curation and reviews, and more (Chance Miller/9to5Mac)

YouTube's change to Partner Program rules, favoring highly viewed channels, causes backlash among its community, with many smaller channels feeling penalized (Taylor Lorenz/The Daily Beast)

As smartphones drop the 3.5mm jack, the headphones market is becoming a fragmented mess; USB-C headphones remain pricey as implementation varies across OEMs (Vlad Savov/The Verge)

Sources: Snap laid off about 24 people across 8 teams, mostly in the content unit that curates users' videos; some staff were asked to relocate to Los Angeles (Alex Heath/Cheddar)

IBM beats with Q4 revenue of $22.5B, up 3.6% YoY, the first YoY rise in 23 quarters, vs. $22.1B expected; $1.1B loss from one-time $5.5B tax overhaul charge (Ted Greenwald/Wall Street Journal)

Google software engineer Grzegorz Milka says in conference presentation that under 10% of active Gmail users have two-factor authentication enabled (Iain Thomson/The Register)

Uber's $8.8B deal with SoftBank closes; new board member Rajeev Misra says Uber should return focus to US, Europe, Latin America, Australia to become profitable (Leslie Hook/Financial Times)

Instagram updated with optional feature that displays when you were last active, visible by default to users who have talked with you via direct message (Chris Welch/The Verge)

Sources: Mozilla lays off dozens from its Taiwan office, which was working on Gecko and other open-source projects, as it refocuses priorities in Asia (Stephen Shankland/CNET)

WhatsApp officially launches its free Android app for businesses in the US, UK, Mexico, Italy, and Indonesia, rolling out globally in the coming weeks (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

US Senate votes 65 to 34 to reauthorize Section 702 FISA surveillance program through 2023; bill now goes to Trump to sign (Colin Lecher/The Verge)

Apple says it will fix a flaw that crashes Messages app on iOS upon receipt of a malicious link in an update next week (Juli Clover/MacRumors)

Education quiz app Kahoot says it's now used by 50%+ of US K-12 students every month, up from 30% in April 2016, and has 70M monthly users, up 75% YoY (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Researchers find hundreds of gigabytes of files online outlining Lebanon-linked effort to gain passwords and eavesdrop via bogus websites and malicious apps (Raphael Satter/Associated Press)

Spotify partners with eight firms, including Buzzfeed, to launch Spotlight, an initiative offering news and political programming, as it vies for radio revenue (Lucas Shaw/Bloomberg)

Security vendor WatchGuard Technologies has acquired Percipient Networks to add DNS protection capabilities to its SMB security platform (Charlie Osborne/ZDNet)

Ireland's Department of Finance says Apple will pay 13B in back taxes to an escrow account between April and September 2018, following EU court order (Justin McCarthy/RT)

Qualcomm says EU and South Korean regulators cleared its $39B acquisition of NXP Semiconductors after Qualcomm agreed to changes to assuage competition fears (Natalia Drozdiak/Wall Street Journal)

A behind the scenes look at Travis Kalanick's fall at Uber: from Susan Fowler's blog post and Waymo's lawsuit to the fight with Benchmark Capital's Bill Gurley (Bloomberg)

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