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February 20, 2019, 2:05 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Live blog of Samsung's Unpacked event in San Francisco, where new Galaxy S10 devices, a foldable phone, and more are likely to be announced  —  Will we finally see more of the folding phone, too?  —  Samsung is gearing up to hold a huge keynote where we're expecting quite a lot of phones.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to let developers port their iPad apps to Mac using a new SDK that will be released as early as June at WWDC  —  - This year, it will be easier to turn iPad apps into Mac apps  — App merger initiative comes as Apple plans its own Mac chips
Karen Weise / New York Times:
Microsoft says Russia-linked Fancy Bear targeted European research groups and think tanks that work on issues including election security and nuclear policy  —  SEATTLE — A group of hackers associated with Russian intelligence targeted civil society groups across Europe ahead of May elections there, Microsoft said on Tuesday.
Harvard Law Today:
Mark Zuckerberg talks to Harvard professor Jonathan Zittrain about encryption, “information fiduciaries”, and more, as part of Zuckerberg's 2019 challenge  —  Should Facebook be considered an “information fiduciary” when it comes to the privacy of its clients?
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Xiaomi debuts Mi 9 with three rear cameras, 6.39" AMOLED display, Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM, and 20W wireless charging, for ~$446 in China, shipping on Feb. 26  —  Xiaomi has officially launched the Mi 9 at an event in China after months of teasers.  The triple-camera flagship is powered …
eMarketer:
eMarketer predicts that US digital ad spending will surpass traditional in 2019, growing 19% YoY to $129.34B, of which mobile will account for ~$87B  —  Amazon's ad business to grow more than 50%, taking bite out of duopoly  —  This year will mark a major milestone in the world of advertising.
K.G Orphanides / WIRED UK:
Investigation: YouTube is monetizing sexualized videos of minors, many with comments from predators; Epic Games pauses all pre-roll ads following inquiry  —  Scores of YouTube videos with tens of millions of views are being inundated with comments by paedophiles, with adverts from major brands running alongside the disturbing content
Nick Bastone / Business Insider:
Google says the built-in microphone in Nest Secure devices, which it had never disclosed earlier in the tech specs, was “never intended to be a secret”  —  - In early February, Google announced that Assistant would work with its home security and alarm system, Nest Secure.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Keith Rabois is leaving Khosla Ventures and joining Peter Thiel's Founders Fund to become its ninth partner  —  Venture capitalist Keith Rabois is leaving Khosla Ventures in order to join Founders Fund as a partner, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: Rabois is responsible …
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Chris Morris / Fortune:
Industry sources: Google will reveal details about its Project Stream game streaming service during its keynote at the Game Developers Conference on March 19  —  Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo might want to brace themselves.  Googleis about to enter the lucrative video game sector with its Project Stream.
Chloe Bryan / Mashable:
A look at “Reply Guys”, a harmless but annoying Twitter phenomenon where one or two men reply to every tweet from a woman  —  On Twitter, a place where a lot of bad things happen, there's a mostly harmless but decidedly annoying phenomenon.  A lot of people, mostly women …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Analysis of data from social platforms: Democratic 2020 candidates are being targeted by a coordinated campaign of misinformation focused on sensitive issues  —  A coordinated barrage of social media attacks suggests the involvement of foreign state actors.
Wolfie Zhao / CoinDesk:
Binance launches Binance DEX, a decentralized trading platform built on its own blockchain network, for public testing  —  Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, has rolled out public testing for a decentralized trading platform built on its own blockchain network.
Wall Street Journal:
The DoD will investigate some of the complaints raised by Oracle in a lawsuit over the JEDI cloud computing contract, which is expected to be won by Amazon  —  A federal judge delayed a lawsuit over a massive Pentagon cloud-computing contract Amazon.com was favored to win while the government continues …
Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek:
CrowdStrike: Russian state-sponsored hackers take less than 20 minutes to start moving laterally in a targeted organization's network after an initial breach  —  It takes Russian state-sponsored hackers less than 20 minutes to start moving laterally within a targeted organization's network …

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