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December 13, 2017, 11:30 AM

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Google says it's opening an artificial intelligence research center in Beijing, its first in China  —  Google has officially announced that it is opening an AI center in Beijing, China.  —  The confirmation comes after months of speculation fueled by a major push to hire AI talent inside the country.
Josh Lipton / CNBC:
Apple awards $390M from its $1B Advanced Manufacturing Fund to Finisar, which makes laser chips used in iPhone X and AirPods for depth and proximity sensing  —  - Apple is investing $390 million into Finisar, which makes chips used by Apple products for depth and proximity sensing.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
T-Mobile has acquired Denver-based TV tech company Layer3 TV and says it will launch its own wireless TV service to compete with Comcast, others, in 2018  —  T-Mobile says it will launch its own TV service in 2018, expanding its competitive focus beyond the U.S. wireless giants to target major cable …
Kim Willsher / The Guardian:
French government moves to ban smartphone use in primary, junior, and middle schools, affecting children age 6-15, starting in September 2018  —  Pupils, teachers and parents seem less than convinced by measure prohibiting use in primary, junior and middle schools
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Early reviews from videographers and other creative professionals find iMac Pro has much improved performance, is decent value, and looks good in Space Grey  —  - Apple's iMac Pro goes on sale on Thursday starting at $5000.  — Early reviews, from professional photographers and programmers, are positive.
Jeff Benjamin / 9to5Mac:
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Google and Tamasek report: Southeast Asia's internet economy growth has exceeded expectations by 35%, now estimated to reach $50B in 2017 and $200B by 2025  —  Southeast Asia is now the world's third largest region for internet users — with more people online than the entire U.S. population …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
David Marcus, VP of messaging products at Facebook and a former president of PayPal, will be joining Coinbase's board  —  Coinbase, a popular site for buying cryptocurrencies, is soaring.  In the last week, Coinbase's app shot to No. 1 in the iTunes store, while a flood of interest …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter makes it easier to tweetstorm by adding a threads feature, letting you easily add linked tweets from the compose screen, rolling out in coming weeks  —  Time for some game theory  —  A few months after being spotted in tests, Twitter's tool for creating tweestorms is now an official part of the app.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Facebook says Russia's Internet Research Agency spent just $0.97 on 3 Brexit-related ads, seen by ~200 users, over 4 days in May 2016, ahead of June 2016 vote  —  LONDON — Facebook, confounding expectations, said on Wednesday that the company had found no evidence of a significant Russian effort …
Reuters:
South Korea says it may tax capital gains from cryptocurrency trading and ban minors from opening accounts on exchanges  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's government has called an emergency meeting to discuss the trading of cryptocurrencies, and measures on the market will be announced on Friday …
New York Times:
As net neutrality protests take center stage on Reddit, Kickstarter, and others, tech giants including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix keep a low profile  —  Protests to preserve net neutrality, or rules that ensure equal access to the internet, migrated online on Tuesday …

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