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December 17, 2018, 11:35 AM

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
In a major real-estate expansion in New York City, Google says it will invest $1B+ in a new 1.7M square foot campus in Hudson Square in Manhattan  —  Search giant joins Amazon, Apple in growing outside the West Coast; addition of 7,000 jobs a ‘conservative estimate’
Washington Post:
Report prepared for Senate analyzes Russian disinformation that supported Trump across millions of posts on YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, more  —  The report, a draft of which was obtained by The Washington Post, is the first to study the millions of posts provided by major technology firms to the Senate Intelligence Committee
TMZ:
Colin Kroll, a co-founder of Vine and the CEO and co-founder of HQ Trivia, has died at 34; police source says a drug overdose is suspected  —  Colin Kroll, the CEO and co-founder of HQ Trivia, has died of an apparent drug overdose ... TMZ has learned.  —  Law enforcement sources tell TMZ …
Siobhan Roberts / New York Times:
Profile of Stanford computer scientist Donald Knuth, author of The Art of Computer Programming, a Bible of its field with more than one million copies in print  —  Donald Knuth, master of algorithms, reflects on 50 years of his opus-in-progress, “The Art of Computer Programming.”
Hilary Potkewitz / Wall Street Journal:
How Calm has overtaken Headspace, which dominated the meditation app category, after winning the App Store's 2017 iPhone App of the Year award  —  A pair of apps preach relaxation to millions of customers—but still badly want to beat each other  —  The two smartphone apps taking meditation …
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
Test shows that Android phones like LG G7 ThinQ, OnePlus 6, and Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 8 can be unlocked via facial recognition using 3D-printed head models  —  Facial recognition is cropping up everywhere.  From shopping malls to the workplace, it's likely something is scanning your face every day.
Devjyot Ghoshal / Quartz:
Inside Grab's efforts to map roads in 100 cities across Southeast Asia by next year; Grab's mapping team has grown to 250, of which 100 are based in India  —  In 2017, many months before its merger with Uber made it Southeast Asia's biggest ride-hailing app, Grab realized it had a “rendezvous” problem.

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