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March 1, 2018, 6:40 PM

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Colin Lecher / The Verge:
Twitter says it's seeking proposals from experts to assess its “health” and whether it's fostering positive debate or enabling “abuse, spam, and manipulation”  —  Twitter, like other major tech companies, has faced a year of punishing criticism, as it's been roiled by misinformation …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Uber debuts Uber Health, a B2B ride-hailing platform for healthcare that allows hospitals and clinics to assign rides for patients from a centralized dashboard  —  Uber's launching a new business line called Uber Health on Thursday that will provide a ride-hailing platform available specifically …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Dropbox says it's partnering with Google to bring G Suite integration to Dropbox by end of the year  —  It's been an eventful week for Dropbox coming off its announcement last Friday that it was finally going public, but that doesn't mean the business stops.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
GitHub hit with the largest ever DDoS attack of 1.35Tbps on Feb. 28; attacker abused publicly accessible memcached instances, taking the site down for 6+ mins  —  ON WEDNESDAY, AT about 12:15pm ET, 1.35 terabits per second of traffic hit the developer platform GitHub all at once.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook says it's ending test in six countries that moved Pages' posts from News Feed to secondary Explore Feed, is also ending Explore Feed bookmark globally  —  Facebook has ended a test that put publishers in one feed and friends in another.  —  Facebook has decided it's a bad idea …
Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Windows Central:
Microsoft launches Soundscape as a free iPhone app in US and UK that uses 3D audio to help the visually impaired locate points of interest  —  In recent years, Microsoft has worked on a number of projects to assist people with visual impairments.  Those have taken the form of everything …
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Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
IDC data for Q4 2017 wearable shipments: Apple top with 8M, up 57.5% YoY, ahead of Fitbit with 5.4M, down 17.3% YoY, and Xiaomi with 4.9M, down 4.5% YoY  —  As demand for wearable electronics continues to grow, Apple has taken a decisive lead away from rivals Fitbit and Xiaomi, IDC reports today.
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
DoorDash raises $535M Series D led by SoftBank, sources say at a post-money valuation of $1.4B, and says it will increase its headcount by 250 to ~800 this year  —  The challenge for the company will be to stay disciplined even as it sits on a huge stockpile of dollars.
Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Nintendo is focusing on making accessories and increasing Switch supply, rather than updating its hardware, a year after it first went on sale  —  Seventeen million sets will have been sold by March 31  —  OSAKA, Japan— Nintendo Co. NTDOY .33% is looking to peripherals to lift …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources detail what some describe as an unhappy work environment at Snap, where CEO Evan Spiegel retains tight control but has been empowering some executives  —  Employees won't get cash bonuses after missing internal goals  —  Spiegel said to be working to spread decision-making authority
Natalia Drozdiak / Wall Street Journal:
EU announces guidelines mandating that tech firms remove terror content within one hour of it being flagged by law enforcement or Europol  —  EU announces guidelines to tech giants for removing terror and other illegal content from their websites  —  BRUSSELS—The European Union on Thursday upped …
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Fired Google engineer who worked at the company for seven years files lawsuit against Google alleging “bro culture” led to repeated sexual harassment  —  Loretta Lee, a software engineer who worked at Google for seven years before being fired in February 2016 …
Khadeeja Safdar / Wall Street Journal:
Best Buy will be closing all of its 250 mobile phone stores in the US by end of May, says sales from the mobile stores account for ~1% of company revenue  —  The electronics retailer, which will close all 250 Mobile stores by the end of May, said operating the small stores cost more than big-box locations
Ted Johnson / Variety:
White House says President Trump will meet with executives from the video game industry next week to talk about gun violence  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will meet with executives from the video game industry next week to talk about gun violence, the White House announced on Thursday.
Alex Knapp / Forbes:
Astranis raises $13.5M Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz for a new geostationary satellite technology to provide broadband internet  —  Satellite startup Astranis announced Thursday that it has raised $13.5 million in a Series A round.  The round brings its total funding to $18 million.
Lily Katz / Bloomberg:
Amid reports that the SEC is expanding its crackdown on ICOs, Overstock says its tZero token sale is being probed, causing its shares to fall as much as 10%  —  Regulator requested documents related to firm's coin offering  —  Disclosure came as SEC sent wave of subpoenas related to ICOs

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