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February 10, 2019, 6:15 PM

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David Pierce / Wall Street Journal:
Hands-on with AR navigation on Google Maps that the company is testing with Local Guides, a group of power users helping Google improve its Maps experience  —  The coming Google Maps augmented-reality navigation feature will look through your phone's camera to figure out where you are and show you where you are going.
Tim O'Reilly / Quartz:
Hoffman and Yeh's “Blitzscaling” offers practical advice for startups but presents a lot of revisionist history and ignores the perils of VC-fueled hypergrowth  —  The pursuit of monopoly has led Silicon Valley astray.  —  Look no further than the race between Lyft and Uber to dominate the online ride-hailing market.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Spotify's bet on Gimlet and Anchor gives it a foothold into podcasting to apply its listener-monetization skills without worrying about sending money to labels  —  Credit Spotify CEO Daniel Ek with honesty; in a blog post announcing a major move into the podcast space, Ek wrote:
Christina Farr / CNBC:
Fitbit launches Inspire, its first fitness tracker available exclusively through its corporate, wellness, health plan, and health systems partners  —  Fitbit has recently introduced a new activity and sleep tracker.  But unlike it's previous devices, this one is only available if your health plan or employer is signed up with Fitbit.
Albany Times Union:
IBM and SUNY Polytechnic Institute announce agreement to create AI Hardware Center, part of a larger commitment by IBM to invest $2B in NY state over 5 years  —  ESD would provide $300 million grant; IBM will spend $2 billion over five years  —  ALBANY — IBM and SUNY Polytechnic Institute …
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
VCs raised $55B in 2018, similar to what was raised in 1999, but most of the increased funding went into growth rounds, which are effectively private IPOs  —  I've heard a lot of people question whether there is too much money in venture capital chasing too few great deals.

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Smartsheet:
Smartsheet's CEO: Our Software Market Is Still in Its Early Stages  —  During a talk with TheStreet, Mark Mader argues his firm's work execution platform still has a lot of headroom to displace manual business processes.
Zoho:
SMS Campaigns, the fifth gear of marketing  —  It wasn't long ago when we associated SMS with casual and instant on-the-go messaging.  It is because of this characteristic, people never considered SMS as a serious marketing tool.
Google Cloud:
What does the future of cloud computing hold  —  and what does this mean for businesses?  We looked at the data, talked to luminaries, and listened to customers across the world.  Here's what they said.
Intel:
Here's why gamers should go with a processor that has high IPC and can hit the highest frequencies  —  Adding core count for core count's sake does not create a better gaming experience
Mattermost:
Open source ChatOps is here  —  Mattermost ChatOps brings you an end-to-end open source ChatOps suite that makes bringing your DevOps systems together simple, prescriptive, and open.

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