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February 15, 2018, 2:05 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Peter Thiel is moving to LA and has considered leaving Facebook board, amid shift away from tech industry, which he sees as intolerant of conservatism  —  Billionaire investor frustrated with what he sees as intolerance of conservatism in tech industry; has discussed resigning from Facebook board
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
British officials say Russia was “almost certainly responsible” for 2017 NotPetya attack that targeted Ukraine and some large businesses  —  Ukraine bore the brunt of the June attack, in which the ‘Petya’ worm spread among corporate computer networks
Tom Warren / The Verge:
iOS and macOS bug blocks access to apps like Messages, Messenger, WhatsApp if user receives message with specific Indian character; bug fixed in iOS 11.3 beta  —  Here we go again  —  Apple had a shockingly bad week of software problems just before the end of 2017, and it looks like 2018 isn't starting so well either.
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed:
How Facebook prioritizing friends' content with many comments led to a post reappearing atop people's News Feed over and over, increasing “engagement” even more  —  Last Saturday — 12 days ago now — I shared a cringeworthy video on Facebook: a 6-minute clip …
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
Samsung Notebook 9 Pen review: solid performance, capable S Pen, comfortable keyboard, fair price at $1,399+, but limited ports, mediocre battery, drab design  —  My backpack is a disaster.  I've always been sort of a packrat and working at Engadget doesn't help.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
TechInsights: HomePod costs $216 to build, giving it a 38% margin compared to 66% for Google Home and 56% for Amazon Echo  —  Smart speaker's $349 price suggests Apple is making 38% margin  —  HomePod also generates revenue from music subscriptions  —  Apple Inc.'s HomePod …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Chrome's default ad blocker goes live, removing ads on sites that repeatedly display pop-ups, autoplay video with sound, and other invasive ads  —  Chrome's built-in ad blocker will go live tomorrow.  It's the first time Google will automatically block some ads in Chrome …

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