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February 23, 2018, 8:20 AM

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Jake Smith / ZDNet:
Google launches business messaging for RCS, letting firms send rich messages to Sprint users in US; 40+ carriers and OEMs support Google's RCS implementation  —  Google's RCS platform will allow businesses to send interactive messages to customers.  —  Google has begun signing up businesses …
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Letters from Intel, Alphabet, and Apple to Congress say Intel didn't disclose Spectre and Meltdown flaws to US cyber security officials before news leaked  —  (Reuters) - Intel Corp did not inform U.S. cyber security officials of the so-called Meltdown and Spectre chip security flaws until …
Shivani Vora / New York Times:
Airbnb debuts Plus, a high-end option competing with hotels, in 13 cities globally; lodgings include amenities and are inspected and professionally photographed  —  The brand will offer higher-end accommodations that meet a 100-point quality checklist (kitchens with cookware, plush towels, comfortable mattresses).
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Google, YouTube, and Facebook don't find misinformation and hoaxes quickly enough after tragedies, may need breaking news teams to scan for misleading content  —  In the first hours after last October's mass shooting in Las Vegas, my colleague Ryan Broderick noticed something peculiar …
Wall Street Journal:
Shirin Rajaee / CBS Sacramento:
Apple says a refurbishing center in Sacramento County has made 1,600 accidental 911 calls since Oct. 2017, is investigating; public safety is not in danger  —  ELK GROVE (CBS13) - Emergency dispatchers in Elk Grove and Sacramento County are seeing an influx of false alarm 911 calls flooding their emergency communication centers.
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.
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.

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