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February 12, 2018, 9:00 AM

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Chris Williams / The Register:
4,200+ websites, including USCourts.gov, UK's NHS services, other government sites were infected with cryptocurrency mining malware via hacked plugin  —  Biz scrambles to shut down crafty coin crafting operation  —  Thousands of websites around the world - from the UK's NHS and ICO …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is changing its iOS development strategy, moving away from an annual schedule crammed with major features and prioritizing reliability  —  The company is shaking up its development program to focus more on key features and push back others to the following year.
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Apple shipped about 8M watches in Q4 2017 according to Canalys, which is more than the entire Swiss watch industry sold last quarter  —  - A new estimate suggests that Apple sold more watches than the entire Swiss watch industry last quarter.  — Estimates suggest Apple sold about 8 million watches during the holiday quarter.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Technologist who predicted “fake news”, Aviv Ovadya, and other experts warn new AI-powered tools to manipulate perception could erode people's trust in reality  —  In mid-2016, Aviv Ovadya realized there was something fundamentally wrong with the internet — so wrong that he abandoned his work and sounded an alarm.
Bloomberg:
Instacart raises $200M in a round led by investment firms Coatue Management and Glade Brook Capital Partners, sources say at a $4.2B valuation  —  Amazon.com Inc. is very serious about grocery delivery, but Instacart Inc., the most popular alternative for supermarket orders in the U.S., isn't rolling over.
Brenda Goh / Reuters:
Alibaba signs multi-year deal to offer 1000+ episodes of Disney shows on its Youku video streaming platform  —  SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's entertainment arm has signed a licensing agreement with Walt Disney Co in a deal that will provide the Chinese group's Youku video …

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IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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