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February 15, 2018, 5:35 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
Monica Chin / Mashable:
Latest Windows 10 Insider build has “Ultimate Performance” power mode, which Microsoft says builds on “High Performance” mode by removing more micro-latencies  —  Microsoft is adding a new enhanced power mode to Windows 10 Pro for users who need to squeeze every ounce of performance out of their computer.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple says fix is coming for iOS and macOS bug that blocks access to apps like Messages, Messenger, WhatsApp if user gets message with specific Indian character  —  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.
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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google releases Gmail Go, a scaled-down version that takes up less storage space, on Android, following YouTube Go, Assistant Go, and others  —  Google has added a notable addition to its line of “Go” edition apps - the lightweight apps designed primarily for emerging markets - with the launch of Gmail Go.
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 …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Coinbase says it will issue refunds after an issue with its payment processor led to some users being repeatedly charged for purchases  —  A growing number of Coinbase customers are complaining that the cryptocurrency exchange withdrew unauthorized money out of their accounts.
Taylor Lorenz / The Daily Beast:
Popular meme pages are skirting Facebook's spam detection by overlaying static videos with watermark-like white arrows and triangles, reaching millions of users  —  Viral meme pages have developed a new trick to reach millions of users and generate big money from publishers and brand pages.

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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
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:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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