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February 20, 2019, 6:50 AM

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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.
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.
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 …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
YouTube updates community guidelines with a new system for rule-breaking channels, which now get a consequence-free, one-time warning for their first violation  —  Channels will now get a consequence-free, one-time warning for their first violation  —  YouTube is overhauling its community guidelines …
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
House Committee on Energy and Commerce asks in open letter whether Facebook users were misled about what personal data could be leaked by joining closed groups  —  House committee asked for a briefing  —  Lawmakers are looking to question Facebook about its privacy practices after allegations …
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 now work with its home security and alarm system Nest Secure.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
For YouTube, curbing misinformation on its platform may mean punishing some of its stars, a step it's not shown it can broadly take, despite recent policy shift  —  Last month, the YouTube star Shane Dawson uploaded his new project: a 104-minute documentary, “Conspiracy Theories With Shane Dawson.”
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
IFTTT's Linden Tibbets resigns as CEO, will stay as chief design officer; Chris Kibarian, ex-CEO of Monster.com owner Randstad Digital Ventures, named IFTTT CEO  —  After raising $24 million in funding led by Salesforce in April 2018, the startup IFTTT — which provides an API platform …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Sphero is crowdfunding RVR, a new robot that can connect to accessories like Raspberry Pi through its universal expansion port, starting at $199 on Kickstarter  —  The RVR is coming  —  Sphero, the Colorado-based connected toy company, has had a successful, conventional run making sphere-shaped, smartphone-controlled robots.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
GN Group, which makes connected hearing aids that work with iOS and Android, is acquiring videoconferencing device and software provider Altia Systems for $125M  —  Some interesting M&A is afoot in the world of hardware and software that's aiming to improve the quality of audio and video communications over digital networks.

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