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December 18, 2018, 5:50 AM

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Bloomberg:
Senate report: Instagram dwarfs all social networks in Russia's IRA posts and engagements, yet Facebook execs have not been upfront about this  —  - Document prepared for Senate Intelligence evaluates posts  — Instagram tops Facebook in IRA posts and unique engagements
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Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Sources: Google's plan for a censored search engine for China “effectively ended” after infighting, with a data analysis operation key to Dragonfly shuttering  —  Google has been forced to shut down a data analysis system it was using to develop a censored search engine for China …
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Coinbase is rolling out Coinbase Convert, which enables crypto-to-crypto trading for its retail customers via its website and mobile apps, in the coming days  —  Coinbase users can begin trading cryptocurrencies directly with other cryptocurrencies, the exchange startup said Monday.
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Former far right extremists recall how they were radicalized by YouTube as teenagers because of its algorithm that keeps surfacing extremist content  —  Former extremists say they were sucked in by propaganda as teenagers, thanks to an algorithm's dark side.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter fixes flaw in support form that leaked users' phone number country codes and other info, after noticing excessive queries from Chinese and Saudi IPs  —  Twitter accidentally exposed the ability to pull an account's phone number country code and whether the account had been locked by Twitter.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Indian ride hailing service Ola invests $100M in scooter rental startup Vogo, which operates in Bangalore and Hyderabad  —  We're familiar with Uber cozying up to scooter startups — it has bought one and invested in another — but over in India, the U.S. firm's key rival is hatching …
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
Babylon Health has claimed its AI bot is as good at diagnosing as human doctors, but sources say the AI's development was rushed and effectiveness exaggerated  —  ate one Friday evening in December 2017, a group of worried Babylon Health doctors sat down for a meeting with Ali Parsa …
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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
UK-based Graphcore, which makes machine learning chips, raises $200M from investors including Atomico, Sofina, BMW, and Microsoft, valuing the company at $1.5B  —  The UK-based chipmaker Graphcore has raised $200m in a new funding round from investors including Microsoft and BMW, valuing the company at $1.5bn.
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