February 21, 2018, 12:40 PM

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Emanuel Maiberg / Motherboard:
Conspiracy video claiming Parkland shooting survivor and student David Hogg was a crisis actor became the number one trending video on YouTube before removal  —  A video described as ‘DAVID HOGG THE ACTOR....’ has made the top of the trending section, another example that YouTube has a conspiracy theory problem.
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber launches Express Pool, which gives cheaper fares to those willing to walk to shared rides, in SF, DC, LA, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego, Denver, Boston  —  Uber's first new product in three years  —  UberPool has long occupied a weird place in the ride-hailing company's lineup of services.
Sources: Apple is in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt, a key battery ingredient, directly from miners for the first time, amid fears of a shortage  —  iPhone maker one of the largest end users of the metal  —  Cobalt is a key ingredient in mobile phone batteries
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish says its Sling TV service had 2.21M subscribers in Q4 2017, a 47% YoY increase, the first time it's broken out the numbers  —  Sling TV, Dish Network's internet-delivered skinny bundle, stood at 2.21 million subscribers as of the end of last year — the first time the satellite operator …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
AT&T picks Atlanta, Dallas, and Waco as the first three cities to get mobile 5G service in 2018  —  AT&T is finally willing to say exactly where you'll see mobile 5G in 2018.  The carrier has confirmed that “parts” of Atlanta, Waco and its home turf of Dallas will adopt the standards-based service …
Kyle Wiggers / xda-developers:
Android P will prevent idle background apps from accessing the camera, according to code changes in the Android Open Source Project  —  Android P, the next major version of Android, could be weeks away from an official unveiling, and although its core user-facing features are still unknown to us …

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