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February 20, 2018, 4:10 PM

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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.
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.
RedLock Blog:
Hackers infiltrated Tesla's Kubernetes console, which lacked a password and contained credentials for its AWS environment, and began mining cryptocurrency  —  The Cryptojacking Epidemic  —  A few months ago, the RedLock Cloud Security Intelligence (CSI) team found hundreds …
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 …
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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Snapchat now lets users add GIF stickers to their posts via Giphy and rolls out tabs on Friends and Discover sections to help organize and follow Stories  —  Snapchat is bringing one of the best recent features of Instagram Stories to its own app, with the ability to add GIF stickers from Giphy to your posts.
Takahiko Wada / Reuters:
Sources: 16 Japan's cryptocurrency exchanges to form a self-regulating body to better safeguard investors after Coincheck's $530M digital money heist last month  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Sixteen Japanese cryptocurrency exchanges will fix plans as early as next week to create a self-regulating body …
More: CoinDesk

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