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February 19, 2018, 12:15 AM

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
President Trump used tweets on Russian ad spending from Facebook ads VP Rob Goldman to call reporters covering election interference the “Fake News Media”  —  President Trump approvingly passed along comments from Facebook ads VP Rob Goldman on Saturday, using Goldman's remarks …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook's focus on Groups, and the tools to build and promote them, can be easily exploited by bad actors like Russia, Mueller indictment shows  —  It's tribes all the way down  —  A year ago this past Friday, Mark Zuckerberg published a lengthy post titled “Building a Global Community.”
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
Facebook says it will mail postcards to would-be buyers of election-related ads mentioning federal candidates, will have codes to verify identity and location  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will start using postcards sent by U.S. mail later this year to verify the identities …
Mike Calia / CNBC:
Chris Dixon:
How decentralized cryptonetworks, with better incentives for developers, can win against centralized platforms like Google in the next era of the internet  —  The first two eras of the internet  —  During the first era of the internet—from the 1980s through the early 2000s …
Maiya Keidan / Reuters:
Number of crypto hedge funds doubled to 226 in the last 4 months and is up from 37 at the start of 2017; assets under management reached between $3.5B and $5B  —  Maiya Keidan, Jemima Kelly  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Hedge funds focused on trading cryptocurrencies have struggled to eke out returns …
Erin Griffith / Wired:
How aspiring tech hub cities are trying to foster tech and startup ecosystems that are different from Silicon Valley's “move fast and break things” ethos  —  DO NOT LET their names fool you.  The silicon places—Silicon Slopes, Silicon Prairie, Silicon Beach, Silicon Peach …
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Former Meetup employees describe how competition from Facebook, the WeWork acquisition, and a mandatory arbitration agreement weakened the culture at Meetup  —  Meetup was supposed to be different.  —  While much of the tech industry struggled to create inclusive work environments …
Ralph Atkins / Financial Times:
Swiss financial supervisor publishes guidelines meant to support the ICO market by clarifying when anti-money laundering and securities laws apply to them  —  Switzerland's financial supervisor has bucked the trend of global regulators cracking down on cryptocurrencies by announcing guidelines …
Maria Bustillos / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Internet Archive and others look at blockchain tech to create tamper-proof archives resistant to meddling from governments and billionaires with agendas  —  When an online news outlet goes out of business, its archives can disappear as well.  The new battle over journalism's digital legacy.
Tanya Dua / Business Insider:
Ad retargeting firm Criteo reported Q4 revenue of $674M, up 19% YoY, despite Apple's roll out of Intelligent Tracking Prevention, says it is ready for EU's GDPR  —  - French ad tech company Criteo took everyone by surprise when it crushed its 2017 fourth quarter earnings on Wednesday.

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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.
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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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