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February 22, 2018, 11:55 AM

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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 …
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.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Anchor's redesigned app is a one stop shop for podcasting where users can record, edit, host, publish, and distribute podcasts with analytics  —  Broadcasting app Anchor, which helps anyone record and share audio, is relaunching its app today with a new focus on serving the larger podcaster community.
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.
Yoel Roth / Twitter:
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 …
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 …
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Founder of defunct exchange BitFunder arrested, charged with perjury over hack enabling theft of bitcoin worth ~$775K in 2013, ~$70M today; SEC files fraud suit  —  (Reuters) - The operator of a shuttered bitcoin-denominated exchange was arrested on Wednesday on federal charges that he lied …

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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.
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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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