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February 12, 2019, 4:20 AM

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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.
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Paris-based mobile-only car rental startup Virtuo raises €20M Series B from Iris Capital, Balderton Capital, and Raise Ventures, plans UK and EU expansion  —  Virtuo, the Paris-headquartered car rentals startup, has raised €20 million in Series B funding.
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.
New Yorker:
Inside Israeli private intelligence company Psy-Group, which provided clients influence campaigns on social media using avatars, before shuttering in Feb. 2018  —  Inside a plot to influence American elections, starting with one small-town race.  —  One evening in 2016 …
Becky Peterson / Business Insider:
Profile of Goldman Sachs partner Tammy Kiely, who helped Qualcomm navigate Broadcom's hostile takeover attempt and has worked on other big semiconductor deals  —  - Tammy Kiely, a partner at Goldman Sachs, made a name for herself in the esoteric but politically charged world of semiconductors.
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 …
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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