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Efforts are underway to digitize the upcoming 2020 census. The Wall Street Journal reports for the first time, people will be encouraged to respond electronically rather than by mail. Workers in the field will have iPhones with custom software to help collect data. Satellite images are also being used to determine what areas have grown since the last census in 2010.
Juul is now a $10 billion business. Yahoo reports that after an initial venture capital investment, it took just seven months to reach that milestone. That's four times faster than Facebook. But fortunes could change as the e-cigarette company faces scrutiny from the FDA.
Instagram says it is taking on cyberbullying with artificial intelligence. Posts under question will now automatically be sent for review. The company is also expanding its offensive comments filter. Instagram's parent company Facebook recently launched similar features.