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December 16, 2018, 2:45 PM

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TMZ.com:
Colin Kroll, the CEO, co-founder of HQ Trivia and co-founder of Vine, has died at 35; 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 …
Julie Verhage / Bloomberg:
Robinhood deletes tweets about launching checking and savings accounts, scrubs the page from its website, and now calls the offering a “cash management” program  —  After a backlash around the marketing of its newest product, Robinhood Financial LLC has rebranded the service …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Tencent's Blade security team finds SQLite vulnerability that affects thousands of apps, including Google Home and Chromium open-source browser engine  —  New ‘Magellan’ vulnerability will haunt the app ecosystem for years to come.  —  A security vulnerability in the massively popular …
Ian Hamilton / UploadVR:
A secured lender is selling off assets, including AR/VR patent portfolio, of Osterhout Design Group, the maker of R-9 and other smartglasses  —  Osterhout Design Group (ODG) may be dead before mass shipping its R-9 augmented reality glasses, with an asset sale planned for January focused on the AR company's patent portfolio.
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
PlanetScale, a database-as-a-service startup based on tech that helped scale YouTube, emerges from stealth, had raised $3M seed from tech luminaries last April  —  Database legends emerge with a new startup  —  When the former CTOs of YouTube, Facebook and Dropbox seed fund a database startup …
More: PlanetScaleThanks:@katsuery
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Latticework, which is working on a consumer focused $550 NAS device called Amber and a cloud backup platform, has raised a $13M seed round  —  It seems nary a week goes by without a breach that compromises millions of personal files.  On Monday, Google revealed that it will shut down its social network …
Brian Merchant / Gizmodo:
The recklessness of Uber and Tesla in their development of autonomous cars risks alienating a public already wary of self-driving vehicles  —  Autonomous vehicles were supposed to make driving safer, and they may yet—some of the more optimistic research indicates self-driving cars could save tens …
Tweets: @nigelcameron
Jeanine Poggi / Ad Age:
Hulu is launching a new private programmatic marketplace for advertisers to buy its on-demand and TV inventory; the marketplace won't replace upfront deals  —  Hulu is further automating advertising on the streaming platform with a new private programmatic marketplace.

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