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  • Colin Kroll, co-founder of HQ Trivia and Vine, dies of a suspected drug overdose; he was 34; police say they found Kroll dead at his New York City apartment late on Dec 15; the city’s medical examiner is yet to release an official cause of death - Link

  • North (formerly Thalmic Labs) acquires AR glasses assets from Intel; terms undisclosed; Intel developed the tech for its Vaunt smart glasses, a research project that was shut down earlier this year; North recently opened pre-orders for its Focals smart glasses; Intel is an investor in North - Link

  • Google announces an additional $1B building project as part of its expansion in New York City; the company will lease a 1.7M square-foot building in the West Village to serve as the focus of its Hudson Square Campus project; follows the $2.4B purchase of Chelsea Market and a deal to lease additional space at Pier 57; Google aims to double its New York workforce to more than 14k workers over then next decade - Link

  • India-based edtech firm Byju’s raises $540M from Tencent, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and others; the company has a ~$4B post-money valuation, according to TechCrunch sources; Byju’s offers online learning to children in grades 4 through 12; raised $775M to date - Link

  • Mudassir Sheikha, CEO of ride-hailing firm Careem, says the company will likely close a $500M funding round in Q1 2019; comes as the firm launches a food delivery service; initially available in Dubai and Saudi Arabia, Careem expects to invest as much as $150M to expand the service and add new categories - Link