Instagram is testing Direct, a standalone private messaging app that replaces the current inbox, in six countries; there is no timeline yet for a global launch (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Casey Newton / The Verge: Instagram is testing Direct, a standalone private messaging app that replaces the current inbox, in six countries; there is no

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Amazon introduces AWS EC2 bare metal instances in public preview, giving customers direct access to hardware (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Amazon introduces AWS EC2 bare metal instances in public preview, giving customers direct access to hardware  —  AWS, Amazon’s cloud computing

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Study: social media has become a direct threat to democracy in areas such as echo chambers, misinformation, manipulation, micro-targeting, hate speech (Pierre Omidyar/Washington Post)

Pierre Omidyar / Washington Post: Study: social media has become a direct threat to democracy in areas such as echo chambers, misinformation, manipulation, micro-targeting, hate

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