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April 16, 2018, 2:05 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook should let users share their social graph with any competing network and offer friend lists in a useful, interoperable format from its data export tool  —  It's time to free the social graph  —  Twitter, Vine, Voxer, MessageMe.  Facebook has repeatedly cut off competitors …
John Herrman / New York Times:
Christopher Balding / Bloomberg:
Chinese government is getting increasingly involved in its tech companies by installing Communist Party committees at some firms, investing state funds, more  —  The government wants control of a booming new industry.  —  As Bloomberg News reported this week, a key stumbling block …
Jeff Dunn / Ars Technica:
Google researchers showcase AI tech that can isolate individual voices within a noisy environment in videos with a single audio track by watching mouth movement  —  Google researchers try to replicate the “cocktail party effect” for computers.  —  Google researchers have developed …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Swiss staffing and workforce development company Adecco acquires NY-based coding school General Assembly for $412.5M; General Assembly had raised ~$120M  —  Coding school General Assembly has agreed to be acquired for $412.5 million in cash by Swiss staffing and workforce development company Adecco.
Benjamin Herold / Education Week:
Study finds ~3,337 free apps in Google Play's Designed for Families program that may violate COPPA, a federal law aimed to protect children from online tracking  —  Thousands of free apps available in the Google Play store are potentially violating a major federal data-privacy law intended …
Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the history and challenges of devising standout names for computer viruses and vulnerabilities, thousands of which are now discovered each year  —  Techies turn to puns, historical references in desperate efforts to devise standout monikers; the problem with Badlock
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Zaius raises $30M Series B led by Insight Venture Partners for its B2C CRM platform that helps marketers unify and analyze customer interaction data  —  Zaius, a customer data company working with consumer brands like Tea Forte and Burt's Bees Baby, has raised $30 million in Series B funding.

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