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February 11, 2019, 11:20 PM

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Amazon Press Center:
Amazon announces it's acquiring mesh WiFi company eero to make it easier for customers to set up and connect their smart home devices  —  Amazon announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire eero, a company that offers products and services for high-performing, reliable, and simple home WiFi
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn debuts LinkedIn Live, a new live video broadcast service, as an invite-only beta in the US  —  LinkedIn — the social network for the working world with close to 600 million users globally — says that video is the fastest-growing format on its platform alongside original written work, shared news and other content.
Will Knight / MIT Technology Review:
Trump signs American AI Initiative executive order that will prioritize federal funding for AI, create resources for AI researchers, establish standards, more  —  Artificial intelligence may have been invented in the United States, but other nations, including China, Canada, and France …
Bill Bostock / Business Insider:
Apple and Google's mobile app stores host Absher, an app from the Saudi government to help men in the country track and dictate where women can travel  —  - Apple and Google have been criticized by rights groups for hosting Absher, an app which allows men in Saudi Arabia to track and control where women travel.
South China Morning Post:
IDC: Apple's Q4 smartphone shipments in China fell 19.9% YoY and Xiaomi's fell 34.9%, but Huawei's shipments grew 23.3%  —  Huawei racks up 23 per cent gain in shipments in fourth quarter against 9.7 per cent slump in industry shipments.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Longtime Apple employee and iPhone exec Frank Casanova named as Apple's first head of product marketing for AR  —  - Company is betting on augmented reality as major initiative  — Apple veteran Casanova helped market the iPhone via carriers  —  Apple Inc. assigned a longtime iPhone executive …
Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg:
Current and former contractors employed by Apex Systems who work at an Apple “black site” in Sunnyvale discuss fear of termination, inadequate facilities, more  —  Apple's new campus in Cupertino, California, is a symbol of how the company views itself as an employer …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple says it has partnered with the US Department of Veterans and will soon let veterans access their digital health records through iPhone's Health app  —  Apple has announced that it will soon support accessing digital health records for veterans through the Health app on iPhone.
Reuters:
Autonomous vehicle startup Nuro says it has raised $940M from SoftBank's Vision Fund, valuing the company at $2.7B  —  (Reuters) - Autonomous technology startup Nuro said on Monday it raised $940 million from SoftBank Group Corp, which valued the Silicon Valley-based company at $2.7 billion.
Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal:
Source: DoorDash is raising ~$500M at a valuation of over $6B  —  Food-delivery startup DoorDash is in the process of raising roughly $500 million at a valuation of more than $6 billion, according to a person familiar with the situation.
More: TechCrunchTweets: @ychernova
Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
Reddit raises $300M Series D at $3B valuation, with Tencent, Sequoia, a16z, Fidelity among investors, says it has 330M MAUs, half between the ages of 18 and 24  —  - CEO Steve Huffman says the company will use the investment to improve Reddit's website and work to take digital ad market share away from Facebook and Google.
Shoshana Wodinsky / The Verge:
YouTube creators say scammers are extorting channels using copyright strike threats; problems persist due to YouTube's focus on the accused, not the accuser  —  Scammers are threatening to shut down channels — unless the owner pays up  —  An anonymous blackmailer has caught at least …

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