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November 18, 2018, 10:20 PM

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Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: this June, Zuckerberg told ~50 execs that Facebook was at war and he'd act more decisively, leading to reorgs, key departures, tension with Sandberg  —  New approach causes turmoil, driving several key executives from the company and creating tensions with longtime Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg
Alex Stamos / Washington Post:
Ex-CSO Alex Stamos says no one at Facebook ever told him not to examine Russian interference, but company's comms strategy of minimization and denial was wrong  —  Yup, Sheryl Sandberg yelled at me.  —  It was the day after I briefed Facebook's Board of Directors on an unprecedented and troubling finding on our platform.
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Andrew Liptak / The Verge:
Tumblr says it is working to resolve an issue with iOS app after it disappeared from the App Store amid speculation it was removed due to inappropriate content  —  The company says that it's working to resolve ‘an issue’ with the app  —  Tumblr's iOS app is missing from Apple's App Store.
Aaron van Wirdum / Bitcoin Magazine:
Bitcoin Cash has forked, with Bitcoin Cash ABC as an apparent early winner, but Bitcoin Cash SV camp is still threatening 51% attacks, spam, and more  —  Bitcoin Cash, the “big block” project that forked away from the Bitcoin blockchain in August 2017, “hard forked” (split) into two different coins …
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Swedish scooter-sharing startup VOI Technology raises $50M Series A led by Balderton Capital with Spencer Rascoff, Justin Mateen, Jeff Wilkes among investors  —  VOI Technology, an e-scooter startup headquartered in Sweden but with pan-European ambitions, has raised $50 million in Series A funding, confirming our earlier scoop.
More: Tech.eu and VentureBeatThanks:@sohear
Carl Miller / WIRED UK:
Profile of British Army's 77th Brigade, staffed with experts in graphic design, social media, and data analytics to conduct online influence operations  —  They are soldiers, but the 77th Brigade edit videos, record podcasts and write viral posts.  Welcome to the age of information warfare
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Apex.AI raises $15.5M Series A from Canaan, Lightspeed, others for the enterprise version of the Robot Operating System, an open-source middleware for robotics  —  Apex.AI is emerging out of stealth today with quite the claim — an operating system for autonomous vehicles that will never fail.
More: Reuters
Anne Casselman / National Geographic:
AI is transforming wildlife research by automating some tasks typically done manually by researchers, like identifying individual animals from photos  —  From analyzing animal photos to combing through YouTube, new software is harnessing data never before accessible to scientists.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
San Francisco-based travel marketing platform Sojern raises $120M Series D led by TCV at a valuation of $300M+, says it's been profitable for last 13 quarters  —  Travel continues to be one of the biggest verticals online, projected to be worth over $1 trillion by 2022 …

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