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April 22, 2018, 3:55 PM

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Julia Alexander / Polygon:
Valve acquires Firewatch developer Campo Santo, which will be left intact as a team, weeks after CEO said Valve will return to “making and shipping games”  —  Dev team will continue to make its own games  —  Firewatch developer Campo Santo announced today that it's joining Valve.
Alan Boyle / GeekWire:
EarthNow comes out of stealth with backing from Bill Gates, Airbus, and SoftBank, plans to operate a satellite constellation providing real-time video of Earth  —  The latest spinout from Intellectual Ventures, EarthNow, says it's coming out of stealth mode with backing from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates …
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the many ways Google harvests user info via Gmail, apps on devices, its Analytics service, more; Google likely knows more about us than Facebook  —  Google gathers more personal data than Facebook does, by almost every measure—so why aren't we talking about it?
New York Times:
How hate speech and misinformation spread on Facebook in developing countries like Sri Lanka, where reputable sources are scarce, leading to real-world violence  —  MEDAMAHANUWARA, Sri Lanka — Past the end of a remote mountain road, down a rutted dirt track, in a concrete house …
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Photo-sharing and storage company SmugMug acquires Flickr from Oath, promises to revitalize and maintain Flickr as a standalone service  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Flickr has been snapped up by Silicon Valley photo-sharing and storage company SmugMug, USA TODAY has learned.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: DOJ has sent subpoenas to the top 4 US mobile carriers and GSMA association over alleged collusion to impede eSIM features for easier carrier switching  —  AT&T, Verizon at center of probe into whether major carriers are making it harder for subscribers to switch providers
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Profile of Campbell Brown, Facebook's head of news partnerships; sources say she controls a $90M budget that will pay partners to make original news programs  —  It was another terrible day for Facebook and the company had dispatched Campbell Brown, its head of news partnerships, to do some damage control.
Emilia Petrarca / The Cut:
Two computer-generated Instagram influencers had an orchestrated feud where one “hacked” the other's account and “revealed” she was not a real person  —  If you need any further proof that we're living in The Matrix, here it is.  —  On Tuesday, the Instagram account …
Michael Jordan:
A look at the current state of AI, what “AI” refers to, and how focusing on the “human-imitative” aspects of AI ignores opportunities in other research areas  —  Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the mantra of the current era.  The phrase is intoned by technologists …

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