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February 28, 2018, 10:55 AM

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple says it will let developers making apps for Watch Series 3 track ski and snowboard activities through APIs in watchOS 4.2  —  Apple has announced that skiers and snowboarders can use Apple Watch Series 3 to track their activities starting today.  —  Apple Watch apps snoww, Slopes …
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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.
Hugh Langley / Wareable:
Leaked images and sources detail Fitbit's next smartwatch, set for spring launch, that will appeal to female market, have 50M water resistance, no GPS, more  —  Exclusive: A better design than the Ionic, but lacks GPS  —  On its latest investors call, Fitbit teased a brand new smartwatch …
Ali Winston / The Verge:
Sources: Palantir has been secretly testing predictive policing technology in New Orleans since 2012 that identifies individuals at risk of committing crime  —  Palantir deployed a predictive policing system in New Orleans that even city council members don't know about  —  Illustrations by Garret Beard and Alex Castro
Chris Stokel-Walker / Bloomberg:
Study: top 3% of most-viewed YouTube channels receive ~85% of all views, attract 1.4M+ views/month, but could bring only ~$17K/year each in advertising revenue  —  You can have a million views a month and still not be able to make rent  —  Do your children dream of YouTube stardom?
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.
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 …
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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Self-driving car startup Aurora raises $90M Series A, with participation from Greylock Partners and Index Ventures  —  Self-driving car startup Aurora has raised $90 million in a Series A round, with participation from both Greylock Partners and Index Ventures.
Kim Hart / Axios:
Poll of 3,574 US adults shows 55% are in favor of the government regulating big tech companies, up from only 40% in November last year  —  A majority of Americans are now concerned that the government won't do enough to regulate how U.S technology companies operate, according to an Axios-SurveyMonkey poll.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …

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