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February 11, 2019, 4:40 PM

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Will Knight / MIT Technology Review:
Trump to sign American AI Initiative executive order that will prioritize federal funding for AI, create resources for AI researchers, establish standards, more  —  Artificial intelligence may have been invented in the United States, but other nations, including China, Canada, and France …
South China Morning Post:
IDC: Apple's Q4 smartphone shipments in China fell 19.9% YoY and Xiaomi fell 34.9% but Huawei shipments grew 23.3%  —  Huawei racks up 23 per cent gain in shipments in fourth quarter against 9.7 per cent slump in industry shipments.
Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg:
Current and former contractors employed by Apex Systems to work at an Apple “black site” talk about living in fear of terminations, inadequate facilities, more  —  Apple's new campus in Cupertino, California, is a symbol of how the company views itself as an employer …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn debuts LinkedIn Live, a new live video broadcast service, as an invite-only beta in the US  —  LinkedIn — the social network for the working world with close to 600 million users globally — says that video is the fastest-growing format on its platform alongside original written work, shared news and other content.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google announces the general availability of an API for Google Docs task automation  —  Google today announced the general availability of a new API for Google Docs that will allow developers to automate many of the tasks that users typically do manually in the company's online office suite.
Reuters:
Autonomous vehicle startup Nuro says it has raised $940M from SoftBank's Vision Fund, valuing the company at $2.7B  —  (Reuters) - Autonomous technology startup Nuro said on Monday it raised $940 million from SoftBank Group Corp, which valued the Silicon Valley-based company at $2.7 billion.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple says it has partnered with the US Department of Veterans and will soon let veterans access their digital health records through iPhone's Health app  —  Apple has announced that it will soon support accessing digital health records for veterans through the Health app on iPhone.
Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
Reddit raises $300M Series D at $3B valuation, with Tencent, Sequoia, a16z, Fidelity among investors, says it has 330M MAUs, half between the ages of 18 and 24  —  - CEO Steve Huffman says the company will use the investment to improve Reddit's website and work to take digital ad market share away from Facebook and Google.
Bill Bostock / Business Insider:
Apple and Google's mobile app stores host Absher, an app from Saudi Ministry of the Interior to help men in the country track and dictate where women can travel  —  - Apple and Google have been criticized by rights groups for hosting Absher, an app which allows men in Saudi Arabia to track and control where women travel.
Reuters:
Goldman Sachs, Point72, others invest $44M in business credit startup Nav, which offers easy credit report viewing and a marketplace for financial products  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nav, a startup that gives small businesses free access to their credit reports, said on Monday …
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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Uber releases Ludwig, an open source AI toolbox built on top of TensorFlow that allows users to train and test AI models without having to write code  —  Want to dive earnestly into artificial intelligence (AI) development, but find the programming piece of it intimidating?  Not to worry — Uber has your back.

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Smartsheet:
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Zoho:
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Intel:
The Future of Gaming is About More Than Just Processors  —  When it comes to making the PC the best place to play, you have to give developers the tools they need, provide real world performance and anticipate what's next.

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