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As some prominent creators leave in protest after Patreon bans anti-feminist for hate speech, a look at its approach to policing speech with human…

Nellie Bowles / New York Times : As some prominent creators leave in protest after Patreon bans anti-feminist for hate speech, a look at its approach to policing speech with human moderators   —  Sam Harris, the polemical atheist neuroscientist known for his popular podcast “Waking Up,” was making tens of thousands of dollars …

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Snapchat adds lenses specifically for dogs, after launching lenses for cats last month, available now (Julia Alexander/The Verge)

Julia Alexander / The Verge : Snapchat adds lenses specifically for dogs, after launching lenses for cats last month, available now   —  Now your dog can up his or her social clout, too  —  Snapchat first made users fall in love by creating lenses that could turn them into dogs.  Now, the company is going full circle, and adding lenses specifically for dogs.

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How efforts by independent investigators and NGOs to document human rights violations in war zones are hampered by proactive content removals by…

Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed News : How efforts by independent investigators and NGOs to document human rights violations in war zones are hampered by proactive content removals by social networks   —  Investigators depend on photos and videos posted online from war zones.  But takedowns by Facebook and YouTube are putting …

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A content analysis of mobile news alerts in 2018 shows their number and length rose since 2017; companion case study confirms shift from just breaking…

Pete Brown / Columbia Journalism Review : A content analysis of mobile news alerts in 2018 shows their number and length rose since 2017; companion case study confirms shift from just breaking news   —  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  —  In 2017, we did a deep dive into mobile push alerts, publishing a report in collaboration …

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Chinese startup Yuanfudao, which provides a homework help app, live courses, and a database of exam problems, raises $300M led by Tencent at a $3B+…

Rita Liao / TechCrunch : Chinese startup Yuanfudao, which provides a homework help app, live courses, and a database of exam problems, raises $300M led by Tencent at a $3B+ valuation   —  Academic exams are a big deal in China as they determine the kind of universities, high schools and elementary schools that students …

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Rakuten: Amazon’s share of US online sales can dip to ~20% around Thanksgiving only to soar to ~50% before Christmas, as users trust Amazon to deliver…

Karen Weise / New York Times : Rakuten: Amazon's share of US online sales can dip to ~20% around Thanksgiving only to soar to ~50% before Christmas, as users trust Amazon to deliver on time   —  SEATTLE — Olivia Zimmermann started her holiday shopping early this year, buying a Bluetooth speaker from Best Buy for her sister.

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Crypto efforts of banks like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Barclays are in limbo after bitcoin’s months-long fall and weak demand from institutional…

Alastair Marsh / Bloomberg : Crypto efforts of banks like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Barclays are in limbo after bitcoin's months-long fall and weak demand from institutional clients   —  Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and many more built it.  But they didn't come.  —  Limbo—that's where to find Wall Street when it comes to cryptocurrencies.

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Fourth Paradigm, a Chinese provider of AI-driven data analysis software founded by Huawei veterans, raises $150M at a ~$1.2B valuation (Mark…

Mark Bergen / Bloomberg : Fourth Paradigm, a Chinese provider of AI-driven data analysis software founded by Huawei veterans, raises $150M at a ~$1.2B valuation   —  - Fourth Paradigm snags $150 million at a $1.2 billion valuation  — The startup is joining ranks of Chinese firms making AI chips

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Artificial general intelligence is far from being a reality because AI systems of today do not use intrinsic knowledge about the world to predict and…

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat : Artificial general intelligence is far from being a reality because AI systems of today do not use intrinsic knowledge about the world to predict and plan   —  Forecasting musical taste.  Detecting metastatic tumors.  Generating synthetic scans of brain cancer.  Creating virtual environments from real-world videos.

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HQ Trivia launches HQ Words, a Wheel of Fortune-style game that’s been in closed beta for months, and reinstalls Rus Yusupov as CEO (Josh…

Josh Constine / TechCrunch : HQ Trivia launches HQ Words, a Wheel of Fortune-style game that's been in closed beta for months, and reinstalls Rus Yusupov as CEO   —  HQ's expansion beyond trivia is emerging from beta, but the question is whether it's different and accessible enough to revive the startup's growth.

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