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February 17, 2018, 1:50 PM

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Mike Calia / CNBC:
US indicts 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities, including Internet Research Agency, in Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections  —  The special counsel's office said Friday that a federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Twitter says Twitter for Mac app will no longer be available for download starting today, will end support for the app in 30 days  —  The company will no longer support the client after 30 days  —  Twitter's erratic support for its dedicated desktop Mac application is coming to an end …
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
National Labor Relations Board memo: statements in James Damore's memo were “so harmful, discriminatory, and disruptive” that Google had a right to fire him  —  Engineer claimed tech giant violated his labor law rights  —  U.S. lawyer said ‘discriminatory statements’ aren't protected
Jen Wieczner / Fortune:
Hackers stole an estimated $50M+ over 3 years by buying Google Search ads, sending users to fake domains that looked like popular Bitcoin wallet Blockchain.info  —  For years, hackers have robbed Bitcoin investors, emptying their cryptocurrency wallets without fear of being caught thanks to the relative anonymity of the blockchain.
Sarah McBride / Bloomberg:
Behind Singularity University's pivot towards executive seminars and conferences after dealing with allegations of assault and fraud, as it raises $32M Series B  —  It's lost Google funding and dealt with allegations of assault and fraud.  —  The pitch was simple: Forget accredited graduate schools …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
SEC filing: Telegram raised $850M for its TON Blockchain, development and maintenance of Telegram Messenger, more; Telegram is reportedly raising funds via ICO  —  It looks like Telegram's billion-dollar ICO has reached its first milestone after the chat app company raised an initial $850 million, according to a filing.
More: Forbes
Adam Samson / Financial Times:
Salon tests alternative to advertising by offering visitors who use ad-blocking tools an option that allows the site to mine Monero using readers' computers  —  Do you use an ad blocker?  That's cool — just let us use your computer's processing power to mine cryptocurrencies.
More: CNET
Aaron Pressman / Fortune:
Profile of John Legere, who has more than doubled T-Mobile's revenue since 2012 with brash messaging and relentless focus on customers and frontline employees  —  The crowd in the ballroom at the Westin New York at Times Square on this February afternoon is in a partying mood well before sundown.

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