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February 14, 2019, 5:15 PM

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J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Amazon says it has cancelled plans to build HQ2 in New York City, focusing instead on Northern Virginia and Nashville, following a backlash  —  Amazon on Thursday canceled its plans to build an expansive corporate campus in New York City after facing an unexpectedly fierce backlash …
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Hugh Son / CNBC:
JP Morgan has created the JPM Coin, a digital token that will be used to instantly settle transactions, with trials set to start in a few months  —  - Engineers at the lender have created the “JPM Coin,” a digital token that will be used to instantly settle transactions between clients of its wholesale payments business.
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Apple says it will resume selling banned iPhone 7 and 8 models in Germany using only chips from Qualcomm, after it had “no choice” but to stop using Intel chips  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc said Thursday that it will resume selling older iPhone models in its stores in Germany …
James Vincent / The Verge:
OpenAI says it won't release the dataset behind GPT-2, its new text generator algorithm that can write, translate, and summarize text, due to fears of misuse  —  OpenAI's researchers knew they were on to something when their language modeling program wrote a convincing essay on a topic they disagreed with.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Sources: Facebook keeps a “lookout” list of ex-employees and users who made threats against the company, and sometimes uses its products to track their location  —  - Facebook maintains a list of individuals that its security guards must “be on lookout” for that is comprised …
TechCrunch:
Alibaba's Ant Financial buys London-based payments company WorldFirst in a deal that sources say is valued at around $700M  —  Ant Financial, the financial services giant affiliated with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has made its first big move into Europe.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
DigitalOcean launches a managed database service, supporting only PostgreSQL with more coming soon  —  DigitalOcean started as an affordable but basic virtual private server offering with a pleasant user interface.  Over the last few years, the company started adding features like object and block storage …
Reuters:
Illicit software distributors are using iOS enterprise developer certificates to distribute hacked versions of popular apps like Spotify and Minecraft  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Software pirates have hijacked technology designed by Apple Inc to distribute hacked versions of Spotify …
Andrii Degeler / Tech.eu:
Paris-based freelance marketplace Malt raises $25M round led by Idinvest, will use the capital injection to expand to Germany and the Netherlands  —  Paris-based freelance platform Malt has landed $25 million in a funding round led by Idinvest, with participation from existing investors, ISAI and Serena, Maddyness reported.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Nvidia Q4: revenue of $2.21B, down 24% YoY, vs. $2.20B est., gaming revenue of $954M, vs. $1.21B est., and net income of $567M; stock up 7%+ after hours  —  - The company beat expectations on the top and bottom lines after providing updated guidance last month.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Pinpoint, which is building a data analytics platform for software engineering, raises $13.5M Series A led by Bessemer Venture Partners  —  For those without the technical know-how, software development — which more often than not involves a tangled web of commits, reviews, bug testing …
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