“Knowing how to think empowers you far beyond those who know only what to think.”
- Neil deGrasse Tyson

Congress has taken $101 million in donations from the ISP industry since 1989— here’s how much your lawmaker got  The FCC is about to give massive internet service providers who have paid for this power to divide the internet. Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, and others spread their money far and wide to influence your government, here is where it all went. - The Verge

SEC warns on cryptos, ICOs  The SEC has issued a warning to investors on the dangers of putting their money into cryptocurrencies. The statement also suggests the agency will step in to address ICOs for registration violations even if there are no claims of fraud. - SEC

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017: ‘Feminism’  In 2017, lookups for feminism increased 70 percent over 2016 on Merriam-Webster.com and spiked several times after key events. The word of the year had nine runner-ups, Complicit, Recuse, Empathy, Dotard, Syzygy, Gyro, Federalism, Hurricane, Gaffe. - Associated Press

Optimism Among U.S. Small Businesses Jumps to Highest Since 1983  Optimism among small companies in the U.S. advanced last month to the highest level in more than 34 years as owners became more upbeat about future economic conditions and sales prospects, according to a National Federation of Independent Business survey released Tuesday. - Bloomberg

Amazon just opened its second AWS region in China  The company has launched its second Amazon Web Services region in the country by partnering with Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technolog. The newest Chinese AWS region is a sign that Amazon is bolstering its cloud computing muscle in the economically important country. - Fast Company

Verizon to pay $2.25 billion to NFL for five-year streaming deal  Verizon will pay around $2.25 billion for a five-year partnership with the National Football League that allows users to stream games on its Yahoo and go90 platforms as well as on mobile devices. - Reuters

A Disney Deal for Fox Is Coming Within Days  Walt Disney Co. may announce a deal as soon as this week to acquire a large piece of 21st Century Fox Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter, transferring legendary Hollywood properties to new owners. - Bloomberg
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 Jim Simons, The Numbers King by D.T. Max
Algorithms made him a Wall Street billionaire. His new research center helps scientists mine data for the common good.
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 The Grand Tor: How to Go Anonymous Online by Andy Greenberg 
Fifteen years have passed since a couple of MIT grads and a Navy-funded researcher first built The Onion Router, or Tor, a wild experiment in granting anonymity to anyone online. 
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