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October 30, 2017, 7:40 AM

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Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
How Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled's endorsements helped $30M ICO for Centra debit card, which had shady founders, made-up CEO, false Visa approval claims  —  Celebrity endorsements are helping start-ups raise big money in so-called initial coin offerings.  But it is not always clear what they are selling.
David Pierce / Wired:
A look back at Google Goggles, an early precursor to modern mobile AR-infused camera apps like Snapchat  —  GOOGLE'S FIRST PUBLIC foray into augmented reality began with an argument in a bar.  It was 2008, and David Petrou, a longtime Google engineer, was sitting in a Brooklyn watering hole explaining …
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Matt Ranen / NewCo Shift:
Augmented reality poses difficult legal and ethical questions about virtual graffiti, private and public property rights, and data verification  —  Let's not repeat the mistakes we made with social media  —  With recent product and SDK announcements by Apple and Facebook …
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Google will use location, not country code domains, by default for localizing search results; users can still change the country service in settings  —  google.whatever  —  You've long been able to get localized search results by visiting Google at different domains — like google.com for the US …
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Patreon's recent crackdown on adult content worries sex workers and creators of erotic art  —  NSFW Warning: This story may contain links to and descriptions or images of explicit sexual acts.  —  On October 17th, crowdfunding website Patreon amended the terms of its acceptable use policy as part of a wider program of reform.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Convargo, a French marketplace connecting shippers and truckers, raises $19M Series A  —  French startup Convargo is a marketplace for shippers and carriers so that you can find a truck and send goods across France more efficiently.  The startup just raised a $19 million Series A round led by Inventure Partners and Earlybird.
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Anya Schiffrin / Columbia Journalism Review:
How European regulators are weighing control of misinformation and free speech, hampered by a lack of consensus, research, public data from Facebook and Google  —  This month, a new law against hate speech will go into effect in Germany, fining Facebook, Twitter, YouTube …

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