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February 21, 2018, 1:50 PM

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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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Keane / Tech.eu:
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 …

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IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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