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February 8, 2019, 9:45 PM

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Washington Post:
Two sources say that after political and community opposition in New York City, Amazon executives have had internal discussions to explore alternatives for HQ2  —  Amazon.com is reconsidering its plan to bring 25,000 jobs to a new campus in New York City following a wave of opposition from local politicians …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Sprint sues AT&T over its “5G Evolution” branding, claims it is false and deceptive advertising that is damaging the reputation of actual 5G  —  After AT&T decided to start rolling out “5G Evolution” branding on phones and networks that use 4G LTE Advanced technology …
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
DoorDash says it stands behind its pay policy, which uses tips to help cover what it owes delivery drivers, similar to the policy Instacart reversed this week  —  Startups like to test boundaries.  At their best, they push technological ones.  At their worst, they breach legal or ethical limits.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Google warns about two iOS zero-day vulnerabilities that hackers have been actively exploiting; the vulnerabilities have been fixed in iOS 12.1.4  —  iOS users are advised to update to iOS 12.1.4; release which also fixes infamous FaceTime bug.  —  A Google top security engineer …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Roger Parloff / Yahoo! Finance:
Alex Stamos and 19 people who knew him professionally over the course of his career talk about his work at various startups, Yahoo, Facebook, and now, Stanford  —  Alex Stamos, whose highest degree is a BS in computer science and electrical engineering, delivered his first academic lecture.
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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google unveils Adiantum, a new form of encryption for data on lower-end smartphones and other devices with insufficient processing power  —  Google officially unveiled a new form of encryption today, designed to secure data stored on lower-end smartphones and other devices with insufficient processing power.
Reuters:
IAC's Vimeo generated $160M in revenue in 2018, up from $103.3M in 2017 as its subscribers grew to 952,000, up 9% YoY  —  (Reuters) - Online video platform Vimeo's revenue jumped 54 percent last year as its subscriber base surpassed 950,000, its parent group IAC said on Thursday.
Jeff Bezos:
Jeff Bezos publishes letters from National Enquirer owner AMI that he says show threats to publish his nude photos unless he stops probing AMI's reporting  —  Something unusual happened to me yesterday.  Actually, for me it wasn't just unusual—it was a first.  I was made an offer I couldn't refuse.

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Smartsheet:
Strategies for shutting down SaaS sprawl  —  Managing a chaos of apps steals focus away from IT leaders who are increasingly helping to drive business.  Read the report.
TWiT.tv:
All the 11s  —  Rene Ritchie has all three iPhone 11s and talks about the tri-lens camera, battery life, and how they stack up against each other.  Subscribe to the MacBreak Weekly podcast.
Zoho:
A better way of providing quality customer service with iOS 13  —  This year's Apple Special had the internet buzzing as it announced the release of iOS 13, the latest update for iPhones.
AWS Startups:
Shaping Your Startup Culture to Thrive  —  Our panel of experts at our AWS Loft in New York, including folks from Buzzfeed, Enigma, and Value Culture, discuss why culture is vital to any startup that wants to survive past its early days.
Google Fi:
Google Fi - a phone plan, by Google  —  We felt that most phone plans just weren't made with you in mind.  So that's why we built Google Fi with features that real people actually want.  Click to learn more.
TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Will Smith and Ang Lee are coming to Disrupt SF this October 2-4  —  We'll talk to Lee and Smith about what it was like working with these effects, and how else they could change the way movies get made.
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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