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February 19, 2019, 10:40 AM

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Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google publishes 30-page paper on how it combats disinformation across YouTube, Search, News, Ads: product improvements, experience with spam, context for users  —  Over the weekend, Google presented a white paper at the Munich Security Conference detailing how it fights disinformation across its largest services.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon X55, its second generation 5G modem, with a maximum download speed of 7 Gbps, up 40% from the 5 Gbps of the X50  —  The Snapdragon X55 adds support for more 5G technologies  —  Even before most phone makers have launched their first 5G handsets …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Coinbase buys Neutrino, which helps monitor, analyze, and track cryptocurrency flows, for an undisclosed sum  —  Coinbase, the world's most valuable crypto company, is gearing up to add more cryptocurrencies to its exchange thanks to its latest acquisition.
BBC:
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei says there is “no way the US can crush us” and that “our company will never undertake any spying activities”  —  The founder of Huawei has said there is “no way the US can crush” the company, in an exclusive interview with the BBC.
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
A deep dive on the widespread and ongoing DNS hijacking attacks, which the DHS issued an emergency directive about last month  —  The U.S. government — along with a number of leading security companies — recently warned about a series of highly complex and widespread attacks …
Twitter:
Twitter expands its policy for political ad transparency to the EU, India, and Australia, will show billing information, ad spend, impressions per tweet, more  —  We continue to be committed to enforcing stricter policies for political advertisers and providing clear, transparent disclosure for all ads on Twitter.
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Behind the scenes at Mithril Capital, Peter Thiel's other fund, primarily run by Ajay Royan, which sources describe as an investment firm in disarray  —  A dozen former employees, investors in the fund, and other people close to the matter describe an investment firm in disarray.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Code and imagery found in Instagram's Android app reveal Fundraiser stickers for Instagram Stories; Facebook says they are coming later this year  —  Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed that commerce is a huge part of the 2019 roadmap for Facebook's family of apps.
Rebecca Keegan / Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A with Amazon Studios Chief Jennifer Salke on her content acquisition strategy, potentially broadcasting a ceremony such as the Oscars one day, and more  —  The studio head opened up about her Sundance buying spree, blockbuster ambitions and the secret room where Amazon's 'Lord …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Days after Greenpeace dings Amazon's “dirty cloud” in report the company disputes, Amazon debuts initiative to make half of its shipments carbon neutral by 2030  —  Perhaps hoping to distract from Greenpeace's latest report on its “dirty cloud, Amazon this morning announced …

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