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February 20, 2019, 11:40 AM

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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
German insurance giant Allianz increases the size of its VC fund, Allianz X, from €430M when it launched in 2016, to €1B, making it one of the largest in Europe  —  Allianz X, the venture capital arm attached to German insurance giant Allianz, has increased the size of its fund to €1 billion …
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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 enquiry  —  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
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.

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