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February 23, 2018, 3:20 PM

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Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google Assistant will gain multilingual support for English, French, and German and will be available in 30+ languages including Hindi and Thai this year  —  As teased yesterday by Hiroshi Lockheimer's MWC 2018 post, Google is heading into the mobile trade show with a number of Assistant announcements.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google launches ARCore out of preview, says it works on 13 Android phone models, 100M devices, will expand Google Lens to iOS and more Android smartphones  —  Ahead of Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Google today launched ARCore 1.0, letting developers create AR experiences on Android.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
What to expect at MWC 2018: Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, new flagships from Sony and Nokia, iPhone X notch lookalikes, and further decline of headphone jack  —  Welcome to the Samsung show  —  The world's biggest mobile technology event is upon us.  This coming week's Mobile World Congress …
Shirin Rajaee / CBS Sacramento:
Police say an Apple refurbishing center in Sacramento County has made ~1,600 accidental 911 calls since Oct. 2017; Apple says it's investigating  —  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.
Kim Zetter / New York Times:
How “hacker-proof” voting machines that are not connected to the internet can still be vulnerable due to remote access software and internal cellular modems  —  In 2011, the election board in Pennsylvania's Venango County — a largely rural county in the northwest part of the state …
Munsif Vengattil / Reuters:
SEC filing: Snap CEO Evan Spiegel received $637.8M compensation in 2017, the third highest annual payout received by a CEO, with stock awards comprising $636.6M  —  (Reuters) - Snap Inc (SNAP.N) Chief Executive Evan Spiegel received $637.8 million as total compensation last year …
Edward Taylor / Reuters:
BMW to recall 11,700 cars, says it installed wrong engine management software in some cars; move comes after reports of Volkswagen-like emissions manipulation  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German carmaker BMW (BMWG.DE) said on Friday it would recall 11,700 cars to fix their engine management software …
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 …
Dan Strumpf / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese online dating app Momo buys its competitor Tantan for about $763M in a cash-and-stock deal  —  Rivals Momo Inc. and Tantan Ltd. are pairing up in a $763 million acquisition deal  —  Love is in the air in China's online dating industry.  —  Two of the country's biggest online dating apps …

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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:
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