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What does it take to be a startup that raises huge sums quickly?

 Some founders toil for years to secure a meager seed round. Others seem to go from launch to a massive fundraise in no time. Why is that, and how does one get into that second group? There’s no single formula, of course. But data indicates it help

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Senate report on Russia's social media effort shows how racism drove results on both right and left

When publicist Rob Goldstone emailed Donald Trump Jr. during the lead up to the infamous Trump Tower meeting, he wrote that the information he had to share was just “part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump.” A new report prepared for th
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Senate report on Russia's social media effort shows how racism drove results on both right and left

When publicist Rob Goldstone emailed Donald Trump Jr. during the lead up to the infamous Trump Tower meeting, he wrote that the information he had to share was just “part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump.” A new report prepared for the Senate brings together knowledge about the social media efforts of that Russian government support for Donald Trump, and putting it all in one place drives home just how enormous, how comprehensive, and how all-in Russia was in their effort to push “our boy” over the line.  As the Washington Post reported on Sunday, the report includes analysis of posts provided by Facebook, Google, and Twitter. What those posts show is concerted messaging—running into millions of posts—that “clearly sought to benefit the Republican Party—and specifically Donald Trump.”  To maximize support for Trump, Russia prepared false stories and propaganda focused on guns and immigration. But that wasn’t the end of it. Russia also had a two-pronged attack focused on racism, one that sought to stir up anger on the right, while deflating efforts to organize African American voters by Democrats. That effort included not just ads on social media, but ads on local black radio stations intended to depress turnout and raise suspicions about Hillary Clinton. Some Russian ads even did double duty, being targeted at Republicans in a way that was intended to make Black Lives Matter seem much more militant and frightening, and being targeted at African American voters to make Democratic support seem weak. How racism was at the center of the effort was also the focus of reporting at the New York Times, including how Russians planted traps for users who were looking for material on historical figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcolm X or the Black Panther Party. These efforts were not a sideline of the Russian effort. They were the largest part of that effort.  “The most prolific I.R.A. efforts on Facebook and Instagram specifically targeted black American communities and appear to have been focused on developing black audiences and recruiting black Americans as assets.” Russia understood that they didn’t have to turn African American voters into “blacks for Trumps,” they just had to persuade them that Democrats were “only interested in them at election time,” a theme that the social media effort hit over and over.

Years ago, Republicans shut down talk of right-wing extremism. Now we're all at risk

The violence and death that accompanied last year’s Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville came as a shock to most law enforcement officials. Though they had been actively gathering intelligence on the alt-right during the 20 years prior, the federal go
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Years ago, Republicans shut down talk of right-wing extremism. Now we're all at risk

The violence and death that accompanied last year’s Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville came as a shock to most law enforcement officials. Though they had been actively gathering intelligence on the alt-right during the 20 years prior, the federal government has spent the last 17 years largely ignoring white supremacists, instead diverting all of its counterterrorism resources to the cause of fighting Islamic extremism. While the focus remained on preventing another 9/11, right-wing extremism flourished. And it should come as no surprise to anyone that this renaissance emerged around 2007, after a black first-term senator from Illinois announced his candidacy for president of the United States. In fact, in a recent episode of “The Daily,” a podcast of the New York Times, writer Janet Reitman says that Obama was the greatest recruitment tool for the far-Right, “not just for Neo-Nazis and white supremacist racists but for a whole network of far-right types.” She says this based on her conversations with Daryl Johnson, a former analyst at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in domestic terrorism—a man who had a small team at DHS dedicated to analyzing such threats during the Bush administration.  Hearing all the details, especially from Johnson’s own mouth, is truly frightening. In 2007, America’s entire national security apparatus was focused on combating violent Islamic extremism, with just a few resources looking at domestic terrorism. It wasn’t until Johnson was asked to monitor websites for extremist chatter related to Obama’s candidacy that he realized the extent of the proliferation of this movement. And as Obama got closer to the presidency, the momentum of the far-right movement grew and grew. 

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: New evidence Trump benefited from misinformation

WaPo: New report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate, shows the operation’s scale and sweep The data sets used by the researchers were provided by Facebook, Twitter and Google and covered several years up to mid-2017, when the social medi
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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: New evidence Trump benefited from misinformation

WaPo: New report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate, shows the operation’s scale and sweep The data sets used by the researchers were provided by Facebook, Twitter and Google and covered several years up to mid-2017, when the social media companies cracked down on the known Russian accounts. The report, which also analyzed data separately provided to House intelligence committee members, contains no information on more recent political moments, such as November’s midterm election. “What is clear is that all of the messaging clearly sought to benefit the Republican Party--and specifically Donald Trump,” the report says. “Trump is mentioned most in campaigns targeting conservatives and right-wing voters, where the messaging encouraged these groups to support his campaign. The main groups that could challenge Trump were then provided messaging that sought to confuse, distract and ultimately discourage members from voting.” xMessaging sought to benefit the GOP — and specifically Donald Trump,” the report says...”The main groups that could challenge Trump were then provided messaging that sought to confuse, distract and ultimately discourage members from voting.” https://t.co/AIq1ttxn7h— Soraya Chemaly (@schemaly) December 17, 2018

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Cartoon: Conspiracy theories

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Forget sanctions? France wants to participate in jetliner project with Russia & China

French firms are planning to take part in a Russian-Chinese project to build a wide-body long-haul passenger airplane, according to Bertrand de Lacombe, Director of International Cooperation at French Civil Aviation Authority. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Forget sanctions? France wants to participate in jetliner project with Russia & China

French firms are planning to take part in a Russian-Chinese project to build a wide-body long-haul passenger airplane, according to Bertrand de Lacombe, Director of International Cooperation at French Civil Aviation Authority. Read Full Article at RT.com

Tata Motors-owned JLR likely to cut jobs in 2019

However, the UK-based luxury carmaker refused to comment on reports in a section of the UK media over the weekend that the changes under its Charge and Accelerate transformation programmes could affect thousands of workers.
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Tata Motors-owned JLR likely to cut jobs in 2019

However, the UK-based luxury carmaker refused to comment on reports in a section of the UK media over the weekend that the changes under its Charge and Accelerate transformation programmes could affect thousands of workers.

ONGC to provide artificial limbs to 42 persons in Assam

The project will be completed in three phases in Sivasagar and Charaideo districts of ONGC#39;s operational areas. «Under the CSR project, 42 divyangs (differently abled) of Sivasagar and Charaideo districts who have lost their limbs will be fitted wit
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ONGC to provide artificial limbs to 42 persons in Assam

The project will be completed in three phases in Sivasagar and Charaideo districts of ONGC#39;s operational areas. «Under the CSR project, 42 divyangs (differently abled) of Sivasagar and Charaideo districts who have lost their limbs will be fitted with superior quality intelligent artificial limbs,» the company said in a release.

EDs of nationalised banks eligible to become MD of SBI: FinMin

Moving away from the tradition, deputy managing directors (DMDs) of SBI were appointed managing directors in several nationalised banks earlier this year. Now, the government has allowed vice versa, by making EDs eligible to become MDs of SBI.
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EDs of nationalised banks eligible to become MD of SBI: FinMin

Moving away from the tradition, deputy managing directors (DMDs) of SBI were appointed managing directors in several nationalised banks earlier this year. Now, the government has allowed vice versa, by making EDs eligible to become MDs of SBI.

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Kiwi blames ‘human error’ after delivery robot catches fire

Late last week, on lookers captured video and images of a Kiwi delivery robot moments after catching fire on the U.C. Berkeley campus. The startup has been piloting the robots on the University campus for around two years now (we profiled them back in May), l
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Kiwi blames ‘human error’ after delivery robot catches fire

Late last week, on lookers captured video and images of a Kiwi delivery robot moments after catching fire on the U.C. Berkeley campus. The startup has been piloting the robots on the University campus for around two years now (we profiled them back in May), largely without incident, but this is no doubt not how […]

AWS signs on to defend itself in Oracle’s JEDI RFP lawsuit against US government

Just when you didn’t think there could be any more drama over the Pentagon’s decade long, $10 billion JEDI contract RFP, the plot thickened again last week when Amazon Web Services (AWS) joined the US government as a defendant in Oracle’s la
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AWS signs on to defend itself in Oracle’s JEDI RFP lawsuit against US government

Just when you didn’t think there could be any more drama over the Pentagon’s decade long, $10 billion JEDI contract RFP, the plot thickened again last week when Amazon Web Services (AWS) joined the US government as a defendant in Oracle’s lawsuit over the Pentagon’s handling of the contract RFP process. Earlier this month, Oracle […]

AR glasses startup North picks up Intel’s Vaunt patents

Intel’s loss, it seems, is North’s game. As first noted by The Verge, the startup has picked up the “technology portfolio” behind Vaunt, the AR glasses shuttered by the chipmaker in April year after a couple of glowing previews. North (nee Thalamic La
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AR glasses startup North picks up Intel’s Vaunt patents

Intel’s loss, it seems, is North’s game. As first noted by The Verge, the startup has picked up the “technology portfolio” behind Vaunt, the AR glasses shuttered by the chipmaker in April year after a couple of glowing previews. North (nee Thalamic Labs) debuted its own take on the category around six months after Intel […]

ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/14/2018

Molecular Muscle: Crewmembers removed the Molecular Muscle samples from the Kubik-5 facility and inserted the samples into the MELFI-3 (Minus Eighty-Degree Laboratory Freezer for ISS). Telemetry data for Kubik-05 was downloaded and both the primary and back u
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ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/14/2018

Molecular Muscle: Crewmembers removed the Molecular Muscle samples from the Kubik-5 facility and inserted the samples into the MELFI-3 (Minus Eighty-Degree Laboratory Freezer for ISS). Telemetry data for Kubik-05 was downloaded and both the primary and back up units were deinstalled and stowed. The Molecular Muscle investigation examines the molecular causes of muscle abnormalities during …

K Health raises $25m for its AI-powered primary care platform

K Health, the startup providing consumers with an AI-powered primary care platform, has raised $25 million in series B funding. The round was led by 14W, Comcast Ventures and Mangrove Capital Partners, with participation from Lerer Hippeau, BoxGroup and Ma
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K Health raises $25m for its AI-powered primary care platform

K Health, the startup providing consumers with an AI-powered primary care platform, has raised $25 million in series B funding. The round was led by 14W, Comcast Ventures and Mangrove Capital Partners, with participation from Lerer Hippeau, BoxGroup and Max Ventures – all previous investors from the company’s seed or Series A rounds. Other previous investors include Primary Ventures […]

Careem launches delivery service as it nears closing a massive round

The ride-hailing giant Careem is now in the delivery business as the company seeks new verticals in its ever-increasing fight against other services in the Middle East including Uber. Starting with food delivery in Dhabi and Jeddah, the company sees the deliv
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Careem launches delivery service as it nears closing a massive round

The ride-hailing giant Careem is now in the delivery business as the company seeks new verticals in its ever-increasing fight against other services in the Middle East including Uber. Starting with food delivery in Dhabi and Jeddah, the company sees the delivery service expanding to pharmaceuticals according to a report by Reuters. Careem is investing […]

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The Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Lucas

Lucas Comes Out Of Nowhere!! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot […] The post The Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Luca
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The Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Lucas

Lucas Comes Out Of Nowhere!! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot […] The post The Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Lucas appeared first on Geek.com.

Colin Kroll, Co-Founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, Dies at 34

Colin Kroll, co-founder of short-form video hosting service Vine and mobile quiz game HQ Trivia, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday. As reported by The […] The post Colin Kroll, Co-Founder of Vine and HQ Tri
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Colin Kroll, Co-Founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, Dies at 34

Colin Kroll, co-founder of short-form video hosting service Vine and mobile quiz game HQ Trivia, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday. As reported by The […] The post Colin Kroll, Co-Founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, Dies at 34 appeared first on Geek.com.

A Look Back at Colossal’s Most Eye-Opening Articles in 2018

As 2018 draws to a close we decided to take a look back at the most popular artworks, photographs, and yes, hydraulic press pieces we’ve published over the last 12 months. Although 2018 was the year Banksy shredded a painting in front of a live audience
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A Look Back at Colossal’s Most Eye-Opening Articles in 2018

As 2018 draws to a close we decided to take a look back at the most popular artworks, photographs, and yes, hydraulic press pieces we’ve published over the last 12 months. Although 2018 was the year Banksy shredded a painting in front of a live audience, hundreds of other incredible feats of films, art, and design have also caught our attention, including Julie Gautier’s beautiful choreographed video inside the world’s deepest pool, the concentric earth-based mandalas of James Brunt, or our continued admiration of Reuben Wu’s drone-assisted landscape photography. More

Astronomy Campaign Sheds Light on Planet Formation

We may never know every secret of our universe. But a team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile hope to at least answer a few questions about planet […] The post Astronomy Campaign Sheds Light on Planet F
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Astronomy Campaign Sheds Light on Planet Formation

We may never know every secret of our universe. But a team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile hope to at least answer a few questions about planet […] The post Astronomy Campaign Sheds Light on Planet Formation appeared first on Geek.com.

Cyprus set for record number of tourist arrivals

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - Cyprus is on course for its best tourism year in terms of arrivals after official figures showed that the number coming to the east Mediterranean island nation has surpassed 3.8 million for the first time. The Cyprus Tourism Organizatio
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Cyprus set for record number of tourist arrivals

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - Cyprus is on course for its best tourism year in terms of arrivals after official figures showed that the number coming to the east Mediterranean island nation has surpassed 3.8 million for the first time. The Cyprus Tourism Organization said Monday that arrivals in November were ...

MIT Researchers Can Shrink Objects to Nanoscale

MIT researchers invented a method of shrinking objects to the nanoscale. The team can generate structures one-thousandth the volume of the original using a variety of materials, including metals, quantum dots, and DNA. […] The post MIT Researchers Can S
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MIT Researchers Can Shrink Objects to Nanoscale

MIT researchers invented a method of shrinking objects to the nanoscale. The team can generate structures one-thousandth the volume of the original using a variety of materials, including metals, quantum dots, and DNA. […] The post MIT Researchers Can Shrink Objects to Nanoscale appeared first on Geek.com.

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Can Bourdais and Coyne beat IndyCar’s ‘Big Three’ in 2019?

Sebastien Bourdais was in relaxed mood in Mexico City in 2006. Three weeks earlier, he’d clinched his third straight Champ Car title with Newman Haas Racing at Surfers Paradise in Australia… and he’d managed to escape the track without being pelted by b
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Can Bourdais and Coyne beat IndyCar’s ‘Big Three’ in 2019?

Sebastien Bourdais was in relaxed mood in Mexico City in 2006. Three weeks earlier, he’d clinched his third straight Champ Car title with Newman Haas Racing at Surfers Paradise in Australia… and he’d managed to escape the track without being pelted by beer cans after bashing crowd favorite and race leader Will Power out of contention. Now, here at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Super Seb was ... Keep reading

DragonSpeed announces part-time 2019 IndyCar entry

The FIA World Endurance Championship squad has confirmed its expected deal for its own sportscar regular Ben Hanley to pilot the team's one-car entry. It has also signed Chevrolet as its engine supplier, having explored the opportunity to be powered by eithe
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DragonSpeed announces part-time 2019 IndyCar entry

The FIA World Endurance Championship squad has confirmed its expected deal for its own sportscar regular Ben Hanley to pilot the team's one-car entry. It has also signed Chevrolet as its engine supplier, having explored the opportunity to be powered by either manufacturer, although Honda is known to be operating close to full capacity.  DragonSpeed has spent the 2018 off-season putting in ... Keep reading

Skip Bayless says the Cowboys got ‘exposed’ in shutout loss against the Colts

Skip Bayless reacts to the Dallas Cowboys' Week 15 shutout loss to Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
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Skip Bayless says the Cowboys got ‘exposed’ in shutout loss against the Colts

Skip Bayless reacts to the Dallas Cowboys' Week 15 shutout loss to Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.

Audi had «absolutely no pace» in Formula E opener

Abt finished eighth in last weekend's 2018/19 season opener, one spot ahead of teammate Lucas di Grassi, 9.8s behind race winner Antonio Felix da Costa – although the gap was 27.7s before a late-race safety car bunched up the field. Di Grassi fought his wa
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Audi had «absolutely no pace» in Formula E opener

Abt finished eighth in last weekend's 2018/19 season opener, one spot ahead of teammate Lucas di Grassi, 9.8s behind race winner Antonio Felix da Costa – although the gap was 27.7s before a late-race safety car bunched up the field. Di Grassi fought his way up from 18th on the grid after having his best time in qualifying deleted for an energy level spike while his car was in re-gen, but Abt ... Keep reading

Mercedes didn't understand engine upgrade initially

The defining moment in the F1 title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel came following the summer break, when Mercedes responded to defeat at the Belgian Grand Prix. After Hamilton seized on lap one Ferrari infighting to triumph at the subseque
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Mercedes didn't understand engine upgrade initially

The defining moment in the F1 title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel came following the summer break, when Mercedes responded to defeat at the Belgian Grand Prix. After Hamilton seized on lap one Ferrari infighting to triumph at the subsequent Italian GP, Mercedes' performance in Singapore put its rival on the back foot and led to a decisive run of races that sealed the ... Keep reading

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