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February 12, 2019, 4:25 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple's plan for a paid news service later this year runs into resistance from major publishers as Apple wants 50% of the revenue and not to share data  —  Apple plans to keep about 50% of subscription revenue from ‘Netflix for news’ service, likely won't share customer data with publishers
Max Willens / Digiday:
TechCrunch launches a $15/month membership tier, Extra Crunch, offering exclusive content and perks like access to a community of founders and vertical experts  —  TechCrunch has spent nearly 15 years covering the technology and startup worlds.  This week it will try to forge a new kind of relationship with those communities.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Amazon's acquisition of eero is met with concerns over data privacy and that the independent company was absorbed by a tech giant with its own ecosystem  —  Consternation, concern, and exhaustion  —  Amazon sure does love surprises.  The original Echo came as a bolt out of the blue …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Investigation: dozens of porn and gambling apps found using iOS Enterprise Certificates to get to users outside the App Store, likely violating Apple's terms  —  Facebook and Google were far from the only developers openly abusing Apple's Enterprise Certificate program meant for companies offering employee-only apps.
Will Knight / MIT Technology Review:
Trump signs 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 …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Reddit's latest user stats, showing 330M MAUs, gives an average revenue per user of approximately $0.30, far lower than the other major social networks  —  - With 330 million monthly active users and revenue of about $100 million, according to sources, the company is generating an estimated $0.30 per user.
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Research details an AI system that diagnosed common medical conditions in childhood with high accuracy after analyzing records of nearly 600K Chinese patients  —  Each year, millions of Americans walk out of a doctor's office with a misdiagnosis.  Physicians try to be systematic …
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Mode, a collaborative analytics platform focused on empowering data scientists, raises $23M Series C, says 600 orgs now use it, including Twitch, Lyft, Shopify  —  Mode, a five-year-old collaborative analytics platform based in San Francisco, has raised $23 million in Series C funding led by Valor Equity Partners.
Neil Cybart / Above Avalon:
As search interest in AirPods grew 500% YoY during the 2018 holiday season, they are becoming a cultural phenomenon with memes, videos, and tweets  —  Apple has a hit on its hands, or maybe we should say in its ears.  AirPods have become the second best-selling Apple product out of the gate of all time.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
IBM takes its Watson-branded AI services beyond its own cloud platform and now lets enterprises run them on their own data centers  —  IBM today announced that it is freeing its Watson-branded AI services like the Watson Assistant for building conversational interfaces and Watson OpenScale …

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