December 26, 2017, 2:00 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.
Amazon: in record-breaking holiday Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa remote were #1 and #2 top sellers with “tens of millions of Alexa-enabled devices” sold  —  Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote were the #1 and #2 top-selling products across all categories on Amazon
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.
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 …
Vietnam unveils new, 10K-strong cyber warfare unit to counter “wrong” views online, a month after blogger was sentenced to 7yrs for propaganda against the state  —  HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam has unveiled a new, 10,000-strong military cyber warfare unit to counter “wrong” …
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.

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