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December 26, 2017, 12:05 PM

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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.
Bloomberg:
Baidu is suing its former autonomous driving chief Wang Jing and his startup JingChi for alleged intellectual property theft  —  Search giant targets exec's startup JingChi in new lawsuit  —  Legal action has parallels with Waymo's suit against Uber  —  Baidu Inc. is suing …
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
As residential neighborhoods near highways struggle with the traffic sent by navigation apps like Waze, Leonia, NJ is closing 60 of its streets to outsiders  —  LEONIA, N.J. — It is bumper to bumper as far as the eye can see, the kind of soul-sucking traffic jam that afflicts highways the way bad food afflicts rest stops.
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.
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, which provides 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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Smartsheet:
Smartsheet Announces Appointment of Praerit Garg as CTO  —  Smartsheet (NYSE: SMAR), a leading cloud-based platform for work execution, today announced that Praerit Garg has joined the company as Chief Technology Officer.
Zoho:
Zoho Meeting Latest Updates: Registration Moderation for webinars, Screen Sharing for meetings, Dial-in numbers for India, and HD recordings.  —  Spending lots of money on webinar promotion can boost registrations and consequently increase attendee numbers.
Chromebook:
If you're over the old way of doing things  —  With Family Link on Chromebook, parents have a new, easy way to set digital ground rules and help children create healthy online habits.
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