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February 20, 2018, 12:10 PM

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Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
Sources: Facebook VP of ads Rob Goldman apologized internally for his tweetstorm about Russian interference, saying “I conveyed my view poorly”  —  ON FRIDAY MORNING, just before 10am on the West Coast, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller published his indictment …
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Fact-checking the tweetstorm by Facebook VP of ads Rob Goldman on the Mueller indictment and Facebook's role in election interference by Russia  —  Rob Goldman, Facebook vice president for ads, tweeted about Russia's disinformation effort.  President Trump then cited him.  We fact-checked Mr. Goldman.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Pay begins its global rollout, replacing Android Pay, with the home screen showing a personalized list of relevant stores accepting Google Pay  —  As we reported last month, Google is uniting all of its different payment tools under the Google Pay brand.
New York Times:
One hour after news broke about the Florida school shooting, hundreds of suspected Russian-linked Twitter bots released divisive posts on the gun control debate  —  SAN FRANCISCO — One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links …
Mishaal Rahman / xda-developers:
Nuance discontinues Swype keyboards for iOS and Android after buying Swype for $100M in 2011, says it will focus on AI for businesses instead  —  For the longest time, one of the advantages of Android over iOS was the ability to use third-party keyboard apps available on the Play Store.
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com:
Microsoft outlines limitations of Windows 10 on ARM compared to on x86: no initial support for 64-bit apps, Hyper-V, or certain app classes, and no x86 drivers  —  For over a year we've been treated to the fantasy that Windows 10 on ARM was the same as Windows 10 on x86.  But it's a bit more nuanced than that.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Stride, Atlassian's Slack competitor, opens its API to all developers  —  The arrival of Stride, Atlassian's Slack competitor, was probably the company's biggest launch of 2017.  While the company generally allows developers to easily integrate with its products, Stride's API remained …
Mark Wilson / Co.Design:
After opening Snap Store this month, Snap sells special Jordan shoes at LA concert via QR code that sent customers to Snapchat for purchase, shipped same night  —  The social media company is looking at e-commerce as its next big revenue channel, and it's starting with some brand-new Jordans.
Brent Wistrom / AustinInno:
Austin-based SparkCognition, which uses AI to improve cybersecurity systems, announces it's closed a $56.5M Series B, bringing total raised to $63.6M  —  Investors are bullish on SparkCognition's approach to using artificial intelligence to improve cybersecurity systems and predictive analytics …
Ari Rabinovitch / Reuters:
Israel's OrCam, maker of an eyeglass camera for the visually impaired that can read text aloud and recognize faces, announces $30.4M round at $1B valuation  —  JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's OrCam, which has developed a visual aid for the blind, has completed a funding round that values …
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