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December 16, 2019, 9:20 AM

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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Source: Uber is in advanced talks to sell Uber Eats India to local rival Zomato in a deal that values Uber Eats India at ~$400M  —  Uber is in final stages to close a deal to sell its food delivery platform UberEats' India business to local rival Zomato, as the American ride-hailing giant looks …
Corbin Davenport / Android Police:
Google halts Chrome 79 rollout on Android, which was ~50% complete, after the misconfigured update wipes user data from many apps using Android's native WebView  —  Chrome 79 started rolling out on desktop and mobile platforms a few days ago.  Unfortunately, a bug has cropped up that wipes data …
Tom Simonite / Wired:
Researchers: deep learning, which led to great advances in AI over the past decade, is nearing its limits and new approaches are needed for further progress  —  Leaders in artificial intelligence warn that progress is slowing, big challenges remain, and simply throwing more computers at a problem isn't sustainable.
Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:
Palantir wins a one year $111M contract to connect US Army's operations systems into a single dashboard; Palantir reportedly took over Project Maven  —  - Company beats Microsoft, Ernst & Young, Accenture, Deloitte  — Peter Thiel-backed company is also working on Project Maven
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
How social media and apps like FaceTune led to a widespread pursuit of a generic “Instagram Face” look, enabled by non-invasive cosmetic medical procedures  —  How social media, FaceTune, and plastic surgery created a single, cyborgian look.  —  This past summer …
Reuters:
Argo AI CEO says the company plans to charge per mile for using its autonomous tech in commercial vehicles; sources: Ford and VW each own around 40% of Argo AI  —  PITTSBURGH/DETROIT (Reuters) - Sky's the limit optimism about self-driving cars is giving way to tougher questions …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Bangalore-based Licious, which sells fresh meat and seafood online in seven cities in India, raises $30M Series E led by Singapore-based Vertex Growth Fund  —  Licious, a Bangalore-based startup that sells fresh meat and seafood online, has secured $30 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand its footprint in the nation.

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