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Christoph Steitz / Reuters: Report: BMW's i Ventures VC fund increased to $500M from $100M, to relocate from NY to Bay Area  —  BMW (BMWG.DE) is increasing the size of its venture capital fund, BMW i Ventures, to 500 million euros (425 million pounds) from 100 million, German business daily Handelsblatt said on Sunday …

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The Economic Times: Sources: India's Ola is seeking to raise at a $3B to $4B valuation, down from the $5B it was valued at in November 2015 round  —  NEW DELHI/BENGALURU: India's largest ride-hailing app Ola is preparing to bite the bullet and accept fresh funding at a lower valuation as it seeks to shore …

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Bloomberg: Work on Apple's $1B Irish data center delayed until after court hearing in March; locals fear Apple will back out as some contest environmental, economic impact  —  Objections to Irish data center approval to be heard by judge  —  Tiny village in west of country fears investment may be lost

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Sheera Frenkel / BuzzFeed: How the rise of the Internet, Facebook, and fake news has fueled anti-Muslim sentiment in Myanmar  —  YANGON, Myanmar — The internet brought Donald Trump to Myanmar.  Or, at least that's how Shar Ya Wai first remembers hearing about the Republican president-elect.  —  “One day, nobody knew him.

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Matthew Green / A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: Android Nougat's new file-based encryption is a move in the right direction, but Google's efforts to achieve lock screen security are still six years behind iOS  —  Over the past few years we've heard more about smartphone encryption than, quite frankly, most of us expected to hear in a lifetime.

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Janko Roettgers / Variety: VLC previews 360° video and photo support for its desktop apps, says the feature will come to mobile soon; dedicated VLC apps for VR headsets due in 2017  —  Popular open source video playback app VLC has added support for 360-degree video to its desktop versions, and is planning …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Black Friday online sales reach an estimated $3.34B, up 21.6% from last year; mobile sales rise 33% to $1.2B  —  Black Friday online shopping is continuing to grow, and this Friday was another record-breaking day.  According to a new report out this evening from Adobe …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: SEC filing shows Palantir raised a $20M funding round from a single entity on November 8, bringing total raised to over $2B  —  Palantir — that $20 billion secretive outfit that provides government, finance, healthcare and other organizations with analytics, security and other data management solutions …

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Google Research Blog: Google sees signs of interlingua in its neural network as its expands its AI system to translate between language pairs the system has not seen before  —  Posted by Mike Schuster (Google Brain Team), Melvin Johnson (Google Translate) and Nikhil Thorat (Google Brain Team)

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire: Amazon says it will limit non-Amazon Verified Purchase reviews to five per week; the limit does not affect Amazon Verified Purchase reviews  —  Amazon will start capping the number of product reviews any customer can submit in a given week, limiting each person to five/week except for products …

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Bloomberg: Sources: Amazon is in talks to acquire Dubai-based e-commerce website Souq.com for $1B; the website sells 1.5M products in UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia  —  No final decisions have been made, talks could still falter  —  Middle East e-commerce site initially planned to sell a stake

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Mathew Ingram / Fortune: WaPo's Russian propaganda story has dubious sources, little evidence to back up the data, too general claims that describe how Internet news spread in general  —  One of the themes that has emerged during the controversy over “fake news” and its role in the election of Donald Trump is the idea …

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Barb Darrow / Fortune: IT solutions provider Presidio files for an IPO, reportedly at $3B valuation  —  Business software purveyor AppDynamics may have postponed its plans to go public, but technology services firm Presidio is forging ahead with an IPO, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday.

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Neal E. Boudette / New York Times: In a first, NHTSA proposes voluntary guidelines for phone makers to design software that limits functionality while vehicle is in motion  —  Apple iPhones and other hand-held devices have long had an airplane mode that shuts off wireless communications to prevent interference …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Payments provider Stripe raises $150M Series D at a $9B valuation led by General Catalyst and CapitalG; brings the total amount raised by Stripe to about $440M  —  Stripe — the company that lets websites and apps incorporate payments services by way of an API and a few lines of code …

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Wired: Best 2016 Black Friday deals on TVs, audio, smart home and personal tech, cameras, drones, gaming, computers, mobiles  —  Black Friday isn't as much of a thing as it used to be.  Almost every item worth buying is available online the day after Thanksgiving, with even more discounts following on Cyber Monday.

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Craig Timberg / Washington Post: Experts: a Russian propaganda campaign to undermine Clinton helped spread fake news during election using botnets, networks of sites, paid human “trolls”, more  —  The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created …

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Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg: Trae Stephens, a principal at Peter Thiel's Founders Fund, has joined Trump's defence transition team; sources says he won't take an administration role  —  Trae Stephens will focus on defense plans for president elect  —  Peter Thiel worked with Stephens at his VC firm and Palantir

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Alex Heath / Business Insider: Twitter gives Anthony Noto an additional $12M a year in stock over a four year period, for his new job as COO, replacing Adam Bain  —  Twitter's Anthony Noto is getting a hefty stock package worth up to $12 million per year to take on a larger role as Chief Operating Officer of the struggling internet company.

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Google has been warning prominent journalists and professors that their accounts are under attack from “government-backed attackers”  —  A flurry of social media reports suggests a major hacking campaign has been uncovered.  —  Google is warning prominent journalists and professors …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: SV Angel raises $53M for its sixth seed investment fund, exceeding original $40M target  —  More money for more startup seed-stage investments: SV Angel, one of the more prominent early-stage investment firms in the Bay Area, has closed its latest (sixth) fund at $53 million, according to an SEC filing (via Dan Primack).

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Claire Ruckin / Reuters: Sources: GoDaddy is in exclusive talks to acquire European hosting company Host Europe Group, valued at $1.8B  —  U.S. website domain name provider GoDaddy is in exclusive talks to buy peer Host Europe Group (HEG) as it seeks to expand in higher-margin businesses beyond the initial set-up of websites, people close to the matter said.

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Amelia Tait / New Statesman: Reddit CEO Huffman's decision to delete and alter comments on Trump thread amounts to censorship and has eroded the site's credibility with users  —  Even those who don't frequent “the front page of the internet” should worry about the implications of this act.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Analysis shows Amazon deleted 500K+ reviews, 71% of which were “incentivized”, since changing its guidelines last month  —  Amazon is making good on its promise to ban “incentivized” reviews from its website, according to a new analysis of over 32,000 products and around 65 million reviews.

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Alex Heath / Business Insider: Profile of Vergence Labs, a small LA startup Snap Inc. acquired in 2014 for Spectacles-related tech  —  Hundreds of people lined up off Venice Beach boardwalk on a sunny November morning to buy Snapchat's Spectacles from a bright yellow vending machine.  —  It was the first day the $130 camera glasses …

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