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February 22, 2018, 4:15 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple working on new AirPods with “Hey Siri” and new wireless chip, coming as soon as 2018, and another water resistant model, coming as soon as 2019  —  Company working on water resistance, more Siri integration  —  Apple CFO says wearables revenue rose almost 70% last year
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom order, which repeals 2015 Net Neutrality rules, enters Federal Register today, signalling beginning of various legal challenges  —  The FCC's “Restoring Internet Freedom” order, which vastly curtails the agency's 2015 net neutrality rules …
George Dvorsky / Gizmodo:
Top AI experts and policy makers from 14 institutions publish 100-page report on the malicious uses of AI, outlining digital, physical, and political dangers  —  A new report authored by over two-dozen experts on the implications of emerging technologies is sounding the alarm bells …
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Sources: Amazon plans to open up to six new Amazon Go cashierless stores this year, with most in Seattle and one in Los Angeles' The Grove mall  —  New futuristic convenience stores could appear in Seattle and Los Angeles.  —  Amazon's much-heralded convenience store of the future, Amazon Go, may seem like a crazy experiment.
Shivani Vora / New York Times:
Airbnb launches Plus, a higher-end option to compete with hotels that is inspected, professionally photographed, and includes amenities, in 13 cities globally  —  The brand will offer higher-end accommodations that meet a 100-point quality checklist (kitchens with cookware, plush towels, comfortable mattresses).
Justina Vasquez / Bloomberg:
Snap stock slid 6%+ after analyst warned of negative reaction to update and Kylie Jenner tweeted suggesting she uses Snapchat less post-update  —  Kylie Jenner tweets she hasn't been using the app lately  —  Users pile on with feedback that echoes Wall Street concerns
Kaleigh Rogers / Motherboard:
SpaceX launches first test satellites for its proposed Starlink broadband project, which aims to link up many small satellites to provide reliable internet  —  The goal, to create a constellation of more than 12,000 satellites, is part of a project called Starlink.  —  Another day, another SpaceX launch.
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis finds algorithms designed by Facebook, Google, and others often struggle to detect doctored images and videos, a key tool for misinformation efforts  —  The tech company's filters can't adequately detect misinformation distributed through altered images
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Mehedi Hassan / Thurrott.com:
Intel partners with Microsoft, Dell, Lenovo, and HP to launch 5G-connected Windows 10 PCs next year  —  The launch of Always Connected PCs powered by Windows 10 and Qualcomm's Snapdragon ARM processors was a serious threat to Intel's chip business.  Not too long ago, the company launched …
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Twitter issues statement saying its tools and rules are apolitical, after a number of conservative Twitter users lost thousands of followers during bot purge  —  Twitter suspended thousands of accounts overnight and conservatives on the platform aren't happy about it.

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