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Recommended Reading: January 17, 2017

eMarketer's scan of the key developments of the day, plus data to make sense of it all

January 17, 2017

Mixed Feelings for Nintendo's Switch

Nintendo will release its next game console, the Nintendo Switch, on March 3 in the UK. The £279.99 ($299.99) unit is part cartridge-based console, part touchscreen tablet. Initial reaction from gamers has focused more on the relatively high prices for Switch accessories like joysticks than on its potential as a game platform.

WhatsApp Security Called into Question

Messaging app WhatsApp isn't as secure as advertised, according to The Guardian. A security backdoor has been discovered that could allow those with the knowhow to read ostensibly encrypted messages.

BuzzFeed Beefs Up Brit Team

BuzzFeed is adding two seasoned journalists to its UK news team, according to PressGazette. Emily Dugan will become senior national reporter later this month after nine years at The Independent. Alex Spence, most recently of Politico but also previously of The Times, will join BuzzFeed as senior political correspondent in early February.

Facebook Fights Fake News in Germany

In a continued push to combat fake news, Facebook is expanding its efforts to Germany, making it easier for users there to report fake news. According to Forbes, this is a timely move for the social media giant because a proposed law in Germany would levy a €500,000 ($523,320) fine for each single piece of misinformation published and not removed by the network within 24 hours.

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