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February 12, 2019, 12:05 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
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Amazon's acquisition of eero is met with concerns over data privacy and that the independent company was absorbed by a tech giant with its own ecosystem  —  Consternation, concern, and exhaustion  —  Amazon sure does love surprises.  The original Echo came as a bolt out of the blue …
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 …
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.
Neil Cybart / Above Avalon:
As search interest in AirPods grew 500% YoY during the 2018 holiday season, they are becoming a cultural phenomenon with memes, videos, and tweets  —  Apple has a hit on its hands, or maybe we should say in its ears.  AirPods have become the second best-selling Apple product out of the gate of all time.
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 …
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Mode, a collaborative analytics platform focused on empowering data scientists, raises $23M Series C, says 600 orgs now use it, including Twitch, Lyft, Shopify  —  Mode, a five-year-old collaborative analytics platform based in San Francisco, has raised $23 million in Series C funding led by Valor Equity Partners.
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Research details an AI system that diagnosed common medical conditions in childhood with high accuracy after analyzing records of nearly 600K Chinese patients  —  Each year, millions of Americans walk out of a doctor's office with a misdiagnosis.  Physicians try to be systematic …
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 …

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