Recode Daily: Concerned about cryptocurrency, Capitol Hill also starts to worry about video-manipulation tech

Plus, on the job with Russian fake-news trolls, Sony enters the ride-hailing race, and “Black Panther” breaks records and barriers

Spurred by the global investment craze over bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, bipartisan momentum is growing on Capitol Hill for stricter federal oversight on the emerging asset class. Study up on your crypto cocktail chatter with this in-case-you-missed-it deep dive, and this comprehensive reading list curated by investor Chris Dixon and his colleagues at Andreessen Horowitz. [David Morgan / Reuters]

U.S. lawmakers are also starting to sound the alarm on video-manipulation technology, which they fear could set off a new wave of fake news driven by doctored audio or video. Researchers at Stanford and the University of Washington, for example, are developing technology that allows people to alter footage of world leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and former U.S. President Barack Obama, making them appear to say and do things they’ve never actually done. [Ali Breland / The Hill]

Facebook executive Rob Goldman apologized to his coworkers for tweets over the weekend that attempted to explain more about how Russians used Facebook to spread misinformation — but were hijacked by Donald Trump to attack the media. “The tweets were my own personal view and not Facebook’s,” Goldman wrote to his colleagues. “I conveyed my view poorly.” [Nicholas Thompson / Wired]

Here’s how former Russian fake-news-factory trolls described their often-bizarre work lives at the Internet Research Agency, which last Friday was indicted over meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The 12-hour writing shifts at the Moscow-based cube farm involved creating thousands of fake social media accounts and generating and sharing culturally dissonant articles and tweets in English. [Neil MacFarquhar / The New York Times]

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony is entering the ride-hailing arena, developing a taxi-hailing system that uses artificial intelligence to predict demand. Five Tokyo-based taxi operators in Japan are partnering with Sony on the joint venture. Uber and China’s Didi Chuxing are also focusing on taxi-centered systems because of Japan’s in-principle ban on the use of privately owned vehicles in ride-hailing services. [Nikkei Asian Review]

Just a month after Facebook’s recent changes to its News Feed algorithm, publishers including The New York Times and BuzzFeed are already reporting declining traffic from Facebook of up to 14 percent. The declines are not a surprise — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself warned that news as a percentage of News Feed content would drop from 5 percent to 4 percent, implying that publishers can broadly expect a 20 percent drop. [Lucia Moses / Digiday]


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“Black Panther” had such a big four-day opening weekend that the latest Marvel movie is on track to make more money than “Justice League,” “Jurassic World” and “The Avengers.” Groundbreaking as a comic book movie with all black leads, “Black Panther” has been widely praised for its diverse casting, fashion and soundtrack, but it also excelled on another important level — black meme culture. Michelle Obama is into it so much that she tweeted about it; some people went to extremes to try to get a ticket.


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YouTube TV gaining new channels and expanding to new markets, also increasing price

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Looks like those rumored YouTube TV changes are true.

YouTube today confirmed that YouTube TV is gaining some new channels and expanding to new markets, but that it’s also getting a price hike. First, the new channels include TNT, Adult Swim, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, and others.

YouTube TV is also gaining new sports content like March Madness, nationally televised NBA games, NBA All-Star weekend, NBA Playoff games, MLB Postseason games, UEFA Champions League soccer, and PGA Championship golf. Coming soon will be NBA TV and MLB Network, too, with customers able to add NBA League Pass and MLB.TV for an extra fee if they’d like.

Also of note is that in the coming weeks, YouTube TV will expand to new markets like Lexington, Dayton, Honolulu, Richmond, Mobile, and Syracuse.

Finally, YouTube TV will see its monthly price increase to $ 40 per month on March 13. Customers who sign up before March 13 can keep the original $ 35 price.

Price increases are never exciting, but at least YouTube TV is gaining several new channels to help make the increased price worth it. Plus, we’ve gotten one month’s notice of the price increase, so there’s still plenty of time to sign up at the $ 35 rate.

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France’s telecom regulator thinks net neutrality should also apply to devices

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 The ARCEP just published a thorough 65-page report (embedded below) about the devices we use every day. The report says that devices give you a portion of the internet and prevent an open internet. “With net neutrality, we spend all our time cleaning pipes, but nobody is looking at faucets,” ARCEP president Sébastien Soriano told me. “Everybody assumes that the devices that… Read More
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