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February 28, 2018, 8:10 AM

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon acquires Ring, maker of video doorbells and other smart home devices; reports put the price tag at $1B+  —  Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire Ring, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based maker of video cameras, doorbells and other smart home technologies, GeekWire has learned.
John Shinal / CNBC:
Facebook VP Andrew Bosworth shares chart that shows the Trump campaign paid slightly higher CPM prices compared to Clinton in 2016 election, disputing reports  —  - Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth shared a tweet showing that President Trump paid more than Hillary Clinton did to reach users on the platform.
Marek Majkowski / Cloudflare Blog:
Cloudflare says it's spotted massive DDoS amplification attacks that abuse Memcached servers and the UDP protocol, has mitigated attacks of up to 260Gbps  —  Over last couple of days we've seen a big increase in an obscure amplification attack vector - using the memcached protocol, coming from UDP port 11211.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Asus announces 6.2" Zenfone 5 and $499+ flagship 5Z with iPhone X-like design and notch, Snapdragon 636 and 845 respectively; 5 available in April, 5Z in June  —  'Some people will say it's copying Apple, but we cannot get away from what users want'  —  Ahead of today's Zenfone 5 launch …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Venmo reaches FTC settlement over bad security and transaction practices, with FTC Chairwoman Maureen K. Ohlhausen noting “consumers suffered real harm”  —  ‘Consumers suffered real harm,’ says commissioner  —  The Federal Trade Commission has announced a settlement with Venmo …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Duo Security reports SAML vulnerability affecting single sign-on systems, allows attackers with authenticated access to log in as other users without a password  —  A validation bug in how some single sign-on products implemented an open authentication standard could have allowed an attacker …
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Square reports Q4 revenue of $283M, up 47% YoY, versus estimates of $266.3M, and 2017 subscription and services-based revenue of $253M, up 95% from 2016  —  Square posted a largely successful fourth quarter that showed continuing growth with its Cash App — with users spending around $90 million …
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Entertainment Software Rating Board says “in the near future” all physical, boxed games that contain in-game purchases will include a label notifying purchasers  —  The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) today announced that all physical, boxed games that contain …
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
Ford chooses Miami to test autonomous ride-hail and delivery businesses, including pilot with Postmates and Domino's, and is setting up fleet-management center  —  The company is testing its cars in a delivery service, mapping out the streets for a driverless ride-hail service and setting up a fleet-management center.
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
T-Mobile and Sprint announce the 30 and six cities respectively they plan to build out 5G for, including Dallas and LA, which will be available next year  —  The race to the next generation data network — 5G — is heating up.  —  T-Mobile and Sprint — the nation's third …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Google Clips review: nice design and simple set up, but no sound recording, poor image quality, pricey, and redundant alongside a decent smartphone camera  —  Can you trust Google's algorithms with your most precious moments?  —  Picture this: you're hanging out with your kids or pets …
Tova Cohen / Reuters:
US-Israeli firm CyberX, which develops security products for IoT and industrial systems, raises $18M Series B led by Norwest Venture Partners  —  TEL AVIV (Reuters) - CyberX, a provider of technology to secure the Internet of Things and industrial control systems, said on Tuesday it raised $18 million …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
WatchKit is a buggy, “baby” UI framework that does not unlock the true potential of third-party apps on the Apple Watch and needs to be discontinued or replaced  —  In the original 2007 iPhone introduction, Steve Jobs famously derided other smartphones at the time for running “baby” software and the “baby” internet.
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