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December 18, 2018, 11:30 AM

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Ina Fried / Axios:
NAACP returns a donation from Facebook and calls for a boycott of it after Senate report detailed how Facebook was used to manipulate black voters  —  The NAACP has returned a donation from Facebook and called for a daylong boycott of the social network Tuesday following revelations …
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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.
Ry Crist / CNET:
Alexa Guard first impressions: hears sounds and alarms well, but can't contact emergency services, isn't supported by previous-gen Echo and Echo Dot speakers  —  “Alexa, I'm leaving.”  —  “OK — I'll be on guard.”  —  That's the gist of Alexa Guard, a new feature from Amazon that lets …
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.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Toronto-based Ada, which helps companies develop their own AI-powered customer service chatbots, raises $14M Series A led by FirstMark Capital  —  Ada, a Canada-based startup that is setting out to help companies develop their own automated customer service tools, has raised CAD$19 million …
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Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Seismic, which helps companies create and manage their sales and marketing collateral, raises $100M Series E at a $1B valuation  —  Seismic has been helping companies create and manage their sales and marketing collateral since 2010.  Today the company announced a $100 million Series E investment on a $1 billion valuation.

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