February 21, 2018, 3:00 PM

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Emanuel Maiberg / Motherboard:
Conspiracy video claiming Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg was a crisis actor became the top trending video on YouTube before its removal hours later  —  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.
Yoel Roth / Twitter:
Twitter updates API guidelines to limit simultaneous actions across accounts, such as “any form of automation” to post “substantially similar” content  —  Keeping Twitter safe and free from spam is a top priority for us.  One of the most common spam violations …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Intel begins rolling out updated patches for Spectre flaws in Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake processors, after first patches caused some systems to crash  —  All 6th, 7th, and 8th generation Core processors now have microcode available.  —  Intel reports that it has developed …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Nest adds Google Assistant support to its Cam IQ security camera and launches new $5/month tier for Nest Aware service with five days of video uploading  —  An update to the Nest Cam IQ will let you manage smart home devices with your voice  —  Smart home company Nest today announced …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Google unveils recommendations for Android enterprise customers: select Android 7+ devices from BlackBerry, Google, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Nokia; Samsung omitted  —  Google's Android Enterprise Recommended program includes a big chunk of the Android device field, but omits Samsung.
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
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton invests $50M in newly-formed Signal Foundation, a non-profit which will maintain Signal app, and joins as its executive chairman  —  IN THE FOUR or so years since it launched, end-to-end encrypted messaging app Signal has become the security community's gold standard …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon opens applications for second Alexa Accelerator program cohort, in partnership with TechStars, with option to work in London, the first non-US location  —  Amazon continues to tap into the developer community to expand the ubiquity of its Alexa voice-based assistant, and it's taking the strategy international.
Jonathan Keane /
Paris-based machine vision startup Prophesee, formerly known as Chronocam, raises $19M Series B led by unnamed investor with participation from Intel and others  —  Prophesee, the machine vision startup formerly known as Chronocam, has raised $19 million in initial funding for its Series B round led …
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 …

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