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February 14, 2018, 10:30 AM

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google details how Chrome's optional ad blocking, which goes live tomorrow, will work: which kinds of ads will trigger it, how Chrome will notify users, more  —  Chrome's built-in ad blocker will go live tomorrow.  It's the first time Google will automatically block some ads in Chrome …
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Uber says Q4 net revenue was $2.22B, up 61% YoY, total value of fares was $11B, UberEats is ~10% of its business, and it lost $4.5B on $7.5B sales in 2017  —  Uber Technologies Inc. had a painful 2017, but the business managed to grow.  —  Adjusted net revenue increased 61 percent in the fourth quarter from the same period in 2016.
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
Six US intelligence chiefs, including the heads of the CIA, FBI, and NSA, said that they would not advise citizens to use Huawei and ZTE products or services  —  - The directors of the CIA, FBI, NSA and several other intelligence agencies express their distrust of Apple-rival Huawei and fellow Chinese telecom company ZTE.
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon X24 LTE modem with support for 2 Gbps speeds, likely to be integrated into its next mobile chips that will power 2019's flagships  —  Even as the race toward real-world 5G picks up steam, LTE technology as it exists will remain crucial for most of us in the next few years.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bill Gates says by resisting legitimate oversight, tech giants are at risk of similar government intervention that once plagued Microsoft  —  In an interview with Axios, Bill Gates warned Apple and other tech giants that they risk the kind of nightmarish government intervention that once plagued his Microsoft if they act arrogantly.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
HTC's President of Smartphone and Connected Devices Business Chialin Chang has resigned; no replacement has been announced  —  The exec has quit due to ‘personal career plan.’  —  Not long after letting go of its Pixel team in exchange for some much needed cash from Google, HTC is now also losing its smartphone lead.
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Fitbit acquires cloud-based software startup Twine Health, which connects patients with health coaches and doctors and had raised ~$10M according to Crunchbase  —  Nearly all Twine Health employees will join Fitbit  —  Fitbit announced today that it has acquired a small …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Skydio, an autonomous drone startup, unveils R1, an AI-powered drone that can shoot 4K video and navigate entirely on its own, flies 16 minutes on single charge  —  This drone can be flown without expertise and doesn't even come with a controller  —  Skydio, an autonomous drone startup based …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Pinterest now lets you archive your boards, rearrange pins and sections, and sort boards, on Android, iOS, and web  —  Pinterest has announced a slew of new tools designed to help users organize their pins and boards.  —  First up, a new archiving option lets you file a board away for posterity without having to delete it.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google's Area 120 incubator announces Reply, a project that brings Google's Smart Reply feature to other chat apps, initially available only on Android  —  Smart Reply, the clever A.I.-powered technology that automatically creates responses to your inbound messages, first debuted …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple shareholders meeting recap: wearables business approaching Fortune 300 size, iPhone X has 99% customer satisfaction, Cook “not a fan” of special dividends  —  As scheduled, Apple's annual shareholders meeting took place at Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park today.

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