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December 25, 2017, 2:20 PM

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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.
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.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
In 2017, YouTube's business grew while its public image suffered after lacking protections against hate speech and disturbing kids' videos  —  Will YouTube's mounting scandals ever slow the business down?  —  2017 was a wild year for YouTube.  It continued to extend its dominance …
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.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Wireless security camera startup Blink says it has been acquired by Amazon and will continue to operate; Blink raised ~$1M in a 2014 crowdfunding campaign  —  Amazon has acquired Blink, the wireless security camera company that launched back in 2014 and then subsequently closed a million-dollar Kickstarter campaign.
Evelyn Cheng / CNBC:
Bitcoin plunged below $11K for a while, down 40%+ from record high of ~$19.8K at the start of the week, amid a crash in all major cryptocurrencies  —  - Bitcoin plunges more than 40 percent from its all-time high reached Sunday, according to Coinbase.  — Stocks that have soared dramatically …
Evelyn Cheng / CNBC:

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