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February 20, 2019, 10:00 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.
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
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.
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Xiaomi debuts Mi 9 with three rear cameras, 6.39-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM, and 20W wireless charging, for ~$446 in China, ships on Feb. 26th  —  Xiaomi has officially launched the Mi 9 at an event in China after months of teasers.  The triple-camera flagship is powered …
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 …
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.
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Strategy Analytics: in Q4 2018, shipments of smart speakers grew 95% from 22.6M units in Q3 to 38.5M units, with Amazon shipping 13.7M units and Google 11.5M  —  Smart speakers continue to sell like hotcakes.  That's according to Strategy Analytics, which today reported that in the fourth quarter of 2018 …
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.
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.”

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