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December 26, 2017, 3:20 AM

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Washington Post:
Sources: years after FBI began tracking Russian disinformation efforts and US intelligence agencies drew up counter operations, the US still equivocates  —  The first email arrived in the inbox of CounterPunch, a left-leaning American news and opinion website, at 3:26 a.m. — the middle of the day in Moscow.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
SingularityNET raises $36M in 60 seconds in an ICO to build out its decentralized blockchain-based marketplace for AI algorithms  —  SingularityNET — an ambitions project to create a decentralized marketplace for AI — has raised a lot of money in its token sale.
Steven Sinofsky / Learning by Shipping:
History shows the best time for startups to out-innovate incumbents in tech is when incumbents have achieved extreme product-market-fit and seem unassailable  —  One of the most interesting challenges in building an enterprise startup is navigating around, through, under, or over the big tech companies.
Sarah Zheng / South China Morning Post:
Man jailed for 5½ years, fined US$76,000 for selling VPN in southern China  —  Prison sentence comes amid Beijing's crackdown on internet censorship  —  A man in southern China was sentenced to 5½ years in prison for selling a virtual private network to bypass internet censorship …
Tweets: @greatfirechina
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Passport, provider of backend management software for public transport systems, raises $43M Series C from Bain Capital Ventures  —  Passport, company that's managing much of the technical aspects of how people pay to use public transportation resources in cities like London, Miami and Los Angeles, has just raised $43 million.

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