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A look at how fascist activists discover their ideology on the internet, with 39 of the 75 individuals studied crediting content they found on YouTube…

Robert Evans / bellingcat : A look at how fascist activists discover their ideology on the internet, with 39 of the 75 individuals studied crediting content they found on YouTube   —  The vast majority of domestic terror attacks in the U.S. are carried out by white supremacist organizations.

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Study analyzing 32 biggest bitcoin holders, known as "whales", suggests they may be stabilizing the market rather than destabilizing it and…

Chainalysis : Study analyzing 32 biggest bitcoin holders, known as “whales”, suggests they may be stabilizing the market rather than destabilizing it and driving volatility   —  New data shows that bitcoin's largest holders are a diverse group that may be stabilizing, rather than destabilizing, the market.

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A look at the growth of drone journalism and the federal and local regulatory hurdles that drone journalists face (Travis Fox/Columbia Journalism…

Travis Fox / Columbia Journalism Review : A look at the growth of drone journalism and the federal and local regulatory hurdles that drone journalists face   —  Josh Haner flies a drone on the Greenland Ice Sheet.  Photo: Gavin A. Sundwall, courtesty of The New York Times.  —  The images, taken by photographer Josh Haner …

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Sources: Google is in talks with Flipkart, Paytm, others as it aims to debut a shopping tab in India that directs users to ecommerce sites from…

The Economic Times : Sources: Google is in talks with Flipkart, Paytm, others as it aims to debut a shopping tab in India that directs users to ecommerce sites from product searches   —  BENGALURU: Search engine giant Google will soon launch its ‘Shopping’ tab in India, allowing users to search for products to buy …

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As India takes a firm stance on data localization and works on a data protection framework, two US senators write to encourage "light touch"…

Aditya Kalra / Reuters : As India takes a firm stance on data localization and works on a data protection framework, two US senators write to encourage “light touch” regulation   —  NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators have called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to soften India's stance on data localization …

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MongoDB agrees to acquire cloud database provider MLab for $68M to strengthen its Atlas database-as-a-service offering (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

Paul Sawers / VentureBeat : MongoDB agrees to acquire cloud database provider MLab for $68M to strengthen its Atlas database-as-a-service offering   —  MongoDB, the New York-based company behind the popular eponymous open source NoSQL database, has acquired San Francisco cloud database provider MLab (styled “mLab").

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London-based Clearmatics Technologies raises $12M+ Series A to build out its private blockchain networks tech for financial derivative contracts (Ian…

Ian Allison / CoinDesk : London-based Clearmatics Technologies raises $12M+ Series A to build out its private blockchain networks tech for financial derivative contracts   —  Blockchain finance firm Clearmatics Technologies has raised over $12 million in a Series A funding round led by venture capital firm Route 66 Ventures.

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Researchers: 60% of Americans of European descent can be identified via public DNA databases, regardless of whether they’ve submitted their own DNA…

Megan Molteni / Wired : Researchers: 60% of Americans of European descent can be identified via public DNA databases, regardless of whether they've submitted their own DNA data or not   —  IN 2013, A young computational biologist named Yaniv Erlich shocked the research world by showing it was possible to unmask …

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Echo Plus 2nd-gen review: best choice if you want an Alexa-enabled speaker with a smart home hub built-in, but expensive and hard to recommend for…

Molly Price / CNET : Echo Plus 2nd-gen review: best choice if you want an Alexa-enabled speaker with a smart home hub built-in, but expensive and hard to recommend for anything else   —  Smart speakers and voice assistants are everywhere these days.  We're practically drowning in all the devices announced by major manufacturers in recent months.

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23andMe’s ancestry tools are getting better for people of color

23andMe is beefing up its African, East Asian and Native American ancestry capabilities — something it has sorely lacked. Specifically, 23andMe has added to its database 12 new regions across Africa and East Asia. When I first tried 23andMe a few years ago, it told me I was 71 percent West African, which tells me next to nothing about which countries the bulk of my ancestry comes from. Well, that’s all changing — though, I already received the information from Ancestry — with 23andMe’s latest product update. “Key to this update is really the availability of more data from around the world, specifically in Africa and Asia,” 23andMe Senior Product Manager Robin Smith told TechCrunch. “It’s possible through certain initiatives, like the African Genetics Project and Global Genetics Project .” Before, 23andMe only provided three subgroups in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Now, there are eight additional subgroups in the area, as well as four additional populations in East Asia. Here are the 12 additional populations on 23andMe: Southern East African Congolese Coastal West African Ethiopian & Eritrean Senegambian & Guinean Nigerian Somali Sudanese Chinese Dai . Vietnamese  Filipino . Indonesian, Thai, Khmer & Myanma 23andMe first launched in 2007, but it’s taken a long time to collect the data needed to provide a more comprehensive genealogical view to certain populations. Roughly 75 percent of 23andMe’s customers are of European descent, 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki said at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017

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