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December 28, 2018, 10:00 PM

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Mark Zuckerberg:
Mark Zuckerberg posts a year-end overview on the issues that Facebook encountered in 2018 and its efforts to deal with them  —  For 2018, my personal challenge has been to focus on addressing some of the most important issues facing our community — whether that's preventing election interference …
Peter Rubin / Wired:
Netflix debuts its first choose-your-own-storyline movie, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, developed over 18 months using Twine, a game writing tool  —  BY NEARLY ANY measure, Netflix has had a ridiculous year.  When all is said and done, the company will have spent upwards of $10 billion …
Max Fisher / New York Times:
Over 1,400 pages of leaked Facebook content rules for moderators reveal gaps, biases, and errors as Facebook tries to distill complex issues into yes/no rules  —  Under fire for stirring up distrust and violence, the social network has vowed to police its users.  But leaked documents raise serious questions about its approach.
Manish Singh / VentureBeat:
Netflix no longer allows new or returning users to pay for subscription via its iOS app, requires them to sign up and pay via its website  —  Netflix is further distancing itself from Apple's iTunes tax bracket.  Earlier this year, the streaming giant enabled iOS users in more than two dozen markets …
Kellen / Droid Life:
Essential says it won't restock Essential Phone anymore, will still sell accessories and provide software updates and is focusing on its “next mobile product”  —  It wasn't the successful, industry-changing run we had all hoped for from the startup founded by Android creator Andy Rubin …
Associated Press:
CenturyLink has been experiencing disruptions across the US since early Thursday, impacting internet and 911 call services  —  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Many CenturyLink customers across the U.S. were without internet Thursday amid a lengthy outage that stretched from New York to California.
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Q&A with Snap CEO Evan Spiegel on Snapchat's future, fighting with Facebook, Spectacles, and why he limits his kids' screen time  —  It only takes about 30 seconds of waiting in line at Nando's before somebody recognises Evan Spiegel.  “You're not from Snapchat, are you?” a young man asks.
Reuters:
Source: Apple will begin assembling its top-end iPhones in India through the local unit of Foxconn as early as 2019  —  - Apple Inc will begin assembling its top-end iPhones in India through the local unit of Foxconn as early as 2019, the first time the Taiwanese contract manufacturer …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Instagram briefly replaces vertical feed with horizontal scrolling for many users, says it was meant to be a small test that “went broader than we anticipated”  —  The new layout was caused by a bug, according to the company  —  Instagram has quietly started testing a horizontal feed …

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Clearbanc co-founder and president Michele Romanow is coming to Disrupt SF  —  Raising venture capital isn't easy; for some, it's impossible.  Clearbanc offers startups a fundraising alternative …
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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