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October 15, 2018, 8:10 AM

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Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Sources: Apple acquires music analytics startup Asaii, source says for less than $100M  —  Apple has acquired Asaii, a startup that built a music analytics engine for music labels and artist managers, sources confirm to Axios.  The deal, which appears to be verified by employee LinkedIn profiles …
Megan Molteni / Wired:
Researchers: 60% of Americans of European descent can be identified via public DNA databases, regardless of whether they've submitted their own DNA data or not  —  IN 2013, A young computational biologist named Yaniv Erlich shocked the research world by showing it was possible to unmask …
Robert Evans / bellingcat:
A look at how fascist activists discover their ideology on the internet, with 39 of the 75 individuals studied crediting content they found on YouTube  —  The vast majority of domestic terror attacks in the U.S. are carried out by white supremacist organizations.
Alex Blumberg / New York Magazine:
Interview with former Groupon CEO and founder Andrew Mason on how he built and scaled the company, passed on Yahoo and Google acquisition offers, and got fired  —  Andrew Mason started Groupon ten years ago.  He was a graduate student in his mid-20s, making money on the side by building websites.
Ian Hathaway:
Since 2015, first VC financings declined 25% to 40% annually for startups operating in sectors exposed to the core activities of Google, Facebook, and Amazon  —  UPDATE: A quick note of clarity, since many readers are misinterpreting (ie, not fully reading) the analysis done here.
Erica Klarreich / Quanta Magazine:
Urmila Mahadev, a UC Berkeley grad student, solves the fundamental problem of finding a protocol by which a classical computer can verify a quantum computation  —  Urmila Mahadev spent eight years in graduate school solving one of the most basic questions in quantum computation …
Aditya Kalra / Reuters:
As India takes a firm stance on data localization and works on a data protection framework, two US senators write to encourage “light touch” regulation  —  NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators have called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to soften India's stance on data localization …
More: PYMNTS.com and Engadget
Alison Griswold / Quartz:
How Uber's team of economists tests new features and incentives, writes highly-cited academic papers, and provides talking points for public policy initiatives  —  It's hard to explain just how much economists love Uber.  —  Economists love Uber like a mother loves her child.
Wall Street Journal:
Unicorns in China are growing faster than ever and have surpassed the US, but increased govt scrutiny and retrenchment of startups like Ofo worries some experts  —  Welcome to the land of ‘unicorns’ and super-cheap meals.  The rewards are rich, as are valuations.  And the risks are rising.

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Zoho:
Renascence of our design lore: the story of Zoho Finance Suite's new logos  —  Design decisions are hard, and they're even harder when a lot is at stake.  When it came to designing the new logos of Zoho Finance products …
Ingram Micro:
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Intel:
The field of opportunity for AI is immense—does your CPU have AI Inside?  —  Here are three questions every technology buyer should be asking of their AI tech supplier.

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