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Plus: Russian agents used Facebook’s Messenger to muddy the waters, the first hard numbers on Silicon Valley diversity statistics, and Lego launches “Women of NASA.”

This sculpture, one of a pair found outside of the Federal Trade Commission Building, is entitled "Man Controlling Trade" and was completed for the FTC Building in 1942 by New York sculptor Michael Lantz.
This sculpture, one of a pair found outside of the Federal Trade Commission Building, is entitled "Man Controlling Trade" and was completed for the FTC Building in 1942 by New York sculptor Michael Lantz.
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U.S. President Donald Trump wants to nominate antitrust lawyer Joe Simons as the next chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. Simons has previously represented big tech companies including Microsoft. Trump's pick means that he's unlikley to back up previous promises to break up big companies, particularly in media and telecom. [Tony Romm / Recode]

Misinformation campaigns have been top of mind in Silicon Valley since last year’s U.S. presidential election. Just yesterday, a top Facebook exec admitted that Russian agents had used the company’s popular Messenger platform. But a new study of tech experts found that more than 50 percent don’t believe the “information environment” has a chance of improving. And the more hopeful experts put their hopes in … technology. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Blue Apron is laying off 6 percent of its staff — more than 300 employees. The meal-delivery startup has had a rough go as a public company since its June IPO. [Jason Del Rey / Recode]

The Los Angeles Police Department will be the largest U.S. police force to rely on drones. As part of a year-long pilot program, drone flights will be restricted to SWAT team members in dangerous situations, such as when a heavily armed suspect is on the loose, and for search-and-rescue missions. Each flight must be approved, documented and reviewed, and there's a ban on facial-recognition software. [Jon Fingas / Engadget]


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