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February 21, 2018, 7:00 PM

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Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
YouTube, Facebook remove some of the conspiracy videos claiming Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg was an actor but, in many cases, only after promoting them  —  - YouTube promoted a video featuring a conspiracy theory claiming that one of the survivors of the school shooting last week in Parkland, Florida, is a paid actor.
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 …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton invests $50M in newly-formed Signal Foundation, a non-profit that 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Qualcomm unveils new Snapdragon 845 standalone AR/VR reference headset with eye and body tracking, faster graphics, and higher battery efficiency  —  Qualcomm has revealed its Snapdragon 845 Xtended Reality (XR) platform for both mobile virtual reality and augmented reality mobile headsets.
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 …
Bloomberg:
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
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Inside competition between multiple firms, such as Google, GM, and Uber, over mapping for self-driving vehicles, with many keen to stop Google from dominating  —  Self-driving cars need painfully detailed data on every inch of street.  Can automakers solve the problem without the reigning superpower of maps?
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.
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
How Foundem.com's case against Google exposes the flawed argument of a self-correcting internet economy and shows why antitrust laws are key for tech growth  —  Critics say the search giant is squelching competition before it begins.  Should the government step in?

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