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December 25, 2018, 11:45 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
As Snap's stock hovers near its all-time low, sources describe Spiegel's instinctual and imperious style that can stifle dissent and led to the redesign debacle  —  Snap, once seen as a viable competitor to Facebook, is struggling after the CEO ignored warnings about a redesign that proved unpopular
Alastair Marsh / Bloomberg:
Crypto efforts of banks like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Barclays are in limbo after bitcoin's months-long fall and weak demand from institutional clients  —  Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and many more built it.  But they didn't come.  —  Limbo—that's where to find Wall Street when it comes to cryptocurrencies.
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
A look at Joel Kaplan's growing sway at Facebook as he pushed against News Feed changes designed to reduce polarization, promoted The Daily Caller partnership  —  Joel Kaplan has emerged as the social-media site's protector against allegations of political bias
Alex Howard / E Pluribus Unum:
Congress passes the Open Government Data Act, which requires public information to be open to the public by default in a machine readable format  —  On December 21, 2018, the United States House of Representatives voted to enact H.R. 4174, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
HQ Trivia launches HQ Words, a Wheel of Fortune-style game that's been in closed beta for months, and reinstalls Rus Yusupov as CEO  —  HQ's expansion beyond trivia is emerging from beta, but the question is whether it's different and accessible enough to revive the startup's growth.

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Smartsheet:
Gartner research vice president Mike Gotta to present at Smartsheet ENGAGE  —  Gotta will discuss why collaborative work management is increasingly essential for business at Smartsheet's annual customer conference Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in Seattle.
TWiT.tv:
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Google Fi:
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Zoho:
Email marketing in 2019 — a digital marketer's perspective  —  Pundits have unanimously predicted that the popularity of email marketing will further soar in the coming years.  2019 has almost come to an end …
Ingram Micro:
Apply for the World's Largest Startup Competition  —  B2B ISVs are encouraged to apply for the Comet Competition ahead of the September 30 deadline, with top prize of $1M made possible by Ingram Micro.
Intel:
The field of opportunity for AI is immense—does your CPU have AI Inside?  —  Here are three questions every technology buyer should be asking of their AI tech supplier.

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