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July 21, 2018, 1:20 PM

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Kirsten Grind / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook suspends data analytics firm Crimson Hexagon, which boasts repository of 1T social media posts, as it investigates the company's government contracts  —  Facebook says it was probing whether data-analytics firm Crimson Hexagon's government contracts comply with Facebook policies
Sean Hollister / CNET:
Google says it got duck.com after buying video compression startup On2 in 2010; will now redirect domain to a page with links to DuckDuckGo, Wikipedia, and more  —  Google owns Duck.com, which has been driving rival search engine DuckDuckGo up the wall for over six years.
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Sources: Alibaba and Tencent are in early-stage discussions about buying roughly 20% of WPP China, valuing the business between $2B and $2.5B  —  Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings, the two biggest names in China's technology industry, are in talks to buy a stake in the $2.5bn (£1.9bn) Chinese operations of WPP Group.
More: Reuters
Bloomberg:
Inside state-sponsored trolling efforts that combine virtual hate mobs, surveillance, and misinformation to silence critical voices and spread disinformation  —  Sitting cross-legged on a charpoy, an Indian day bed, Mahaveer Prasad Khileri taps on his laptop, his face lit by the screen …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter reveal open source Data Transfer Project to let users move the data they want between services while preserving privacy  —  An open-source collaboration for “the future of portability”  —  Today, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter joined …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Facebook executives struggle to describe a coherent strategy to deal with misinformation on the site; it's a hodgepodge of “exceptions to the exceptions”  —  Facebook was once the most nimble company of its generation.  The speed at which it adapted to every challenge was legendary.

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