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February 17, 2019, 4:05 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
An account of the rise and untimely death of Vine and HQ Trivia cofounder Colin Kroll, based on interviews with and documents from friends, police, and others  —  Self-taught coder Colin Kroll shot to startup fame, allowing him to live life in a fast lane  —  Colin Kroll, a college dropout …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Records obtained via FOIA requests and interviews with local officials reveal the unusual lengths Google goes to keep its data center construction plans secret  —  Last May, officials in Midlothian, Tex., a city near Dallas, approved more than $10 million in tax breaks for a huge …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Elroy Air, a maker of delivery drones that can carry up to 500 lbs, raises $9.2M in seed funding from new and existing investors Catapult, Precursor, and others  —  The dozens of companies vying for a foothold in the $11.2 billion drone industry — and by extension the $400 million same …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Vicarious Surgical, which is building minimally invasive surgical tech that combines VR with miniature robots, has closed $10M round led by Gates Frontiers Fund  —  In an operating room in rural Idaho, doctors prep a patient for surgery.  They make a tiny, thumb-sized incision into the patient …
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Daniel Oberhaus / Motherboard:
A look at the debate surrounding the economics of popular open source software like OpenSSL, as an ever-increasing workload on maintainers risks causing burnout  —  A look at the complicated business of funding open source software development.  —  It was just before midnight on New Years Eve …

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