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Source: Sphero, maker of robotic toys, lays off 45 employees after disappointing holiday season; spokesperson says it's now focusing on its efforts in education (Brian Heater/TechCrunch)

Brian Heater / TechCrunch: Source: Sphero, maker of robotic toys, lays off 45 employees after disappointing holiday season; spokesperson says it’s now focusing on its efforts in education  —  Sphero was ready to conquer the world last year.  The company

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Facebook should explain how it will design surveys ranking trust in news sources, whether media can contest rank, whether user ideologies will be a factor, more (Alexis C. Madrigal/The Atlantic)

Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic: Facebook should explain how it will design surveys ranking trust in news sources, whether media can contest rank, whether user ideologies will be a factor, more  —  Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday that Facebook will

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On gaming chat service Discord, some users swap revenge porn and rape videos on dedicated servers (Joseph Cox/The Daily Beast)

Joseph Cox / The Daily Beast: On gaming chat service Discord, some users swap revenge porn and rape videos on dedicated servers  —  Discord is used by millions of gamers every day to chat, relax, and coordinate while playing their

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Amazon Go, a high-tech version of a 7-Eleven, will finally open on Monday – with no checkout lines and no cashiers (Jason Del Rey/Recode)

Jason Del Rey / Recode: Amazon Go, a high-tech version of a 7-Eleven, will finally open on Monday — with no checkout lines and no cashiers  —  Amazon Go allows customers to grab items and just walk out without stopping

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How the developers of the Lightning Network plan to make Bitcoin transactions faster and cheaper using private payment channels (Sandra Upson/Wired)

Sandra Upson / Wired: How the developers of the Lightning Network plan to make Bitcoin transactions faster and cheaper using private payment channels  —  IN 2014, JOSEPH Poon and Thaddeus Dryja were bitcoin-obsessed engineers hanging out at pizza-fueled meetups in

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WeChat says it now has 980M monthly active users, claims 170M daily active users for its Mini Program app platform, which now has 580,000 apps (Eva Yoo/TechNode)

Eva Yoo / TechNode: WeChat says it now has 980M monthly active users, claims 170M daily active users for its Mini Program app platform, which now has 580,000 apps  —  January 9th was WeChat mini program’s first birthday.  Throughout the

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Indian mobile operator Reliance Jio reports first quarterly profit of ~$79M in FY Q3, 15 months after starting commercial operations, had 160M+ users as of Dec. (The Economic Times)

The Economic Times: Indian mobile operator Reliance Jio reports first quarterly profit of ~$79M in FY Q3, 15 months after starting commercial operations, had 160M+ users as of Dec.  —  Within 15 months of starting commercial operations, Reliance Jio Infocomm

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The rise of cryptocurrency mining has created a global shortage of high-end graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD, driving up prices for retail gamers/buyers (Timothy B. Lee/Ars Technica)

Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica: The rise of cryptocurrency mining has created a global shortage of high-end graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD, driving up prices for retail gamers/buyers  —  “Cryptocurrency can’t crash soon enough,” one gamer fumes.  — 

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Schneider Electric researchers share more details about "Triton" malware, which exploited a firmware flaw in company's Triconex Tricon industrial safety systems (Lily Hay Newman/Wired)

Lily Hay Newman / Wired: Schneider Electric researchers share more details about “Triton” malware, which exploited a firmware flaw in company’s Triconex Tricon industrial safety systems  —  A RECENT DIGITAL attack on the control systems of an industrial plant has

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Slack launches in beta on Linux as a Snap, an application package that's available across a range of Linux distributions, including Ubuntu (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Slack launches in beta on Linux as a Snap, an application package that’s available across a range of Linux distributions, including Ubuntu  —  Slack’s ambition to become the default, go-to place for employees chat to each

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