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December 24, 2018, 12:00 PM

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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
Wall Street Journal:
As Snap hits an all-time low, sources describe Evan Spiegel's instinctual and imperious management 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
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 …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Temi, a startup that plans to officially launch its telepresence robot in January, raises a $21M Series B led by Alibaba's ex-CTO, bringing total raised to $83M  —  Temi, a robotics startup headquartered in New York, is betting big on its eponymous Temi telepresence product — and it's taking new investors along for the ride.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Artificial general intelligence is far from being a reality because AI systems of today do not use intrinsic knowledge about the world to predict and plan  —  Forecasting musical taste.  Detecting metastatic tumors.  Generating synthetic scans of brain cancer.  Creating virtual environments from real-world videos.
Kyle Samani / Multicoin Capital:
A look at the state of crypto at the end of 2018 and a list of questions to consider as the ecosystem evolves in 2019 and beyond  —  As 2018 comes to a close, we've been thinking about some of the big questions that crypto still needs to answer.  —  Although there is some clarity …
Kate Kelly / New York Times:
Profile of Epic Systems, a privately held healthcare software company based in Wisconsin that claims to hold medical records for more than 50% of US patients  —  The engineers at Epic Systems work on a campus full of childish whimsy but also sit in on open-heart surgery.

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