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February 26, 2019, 4:51 PM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers find that weaknesses in Supermicro hardware would let an attacker leave a persistent and hidden backdoor on IBM's cloud “bare-metal” servers  —  Other providers of bare-metal cloud computing might also be vulnerable to BMC hack.  —  More than five years …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Sources: US Cyber Command disrupted internet access for Russia's Internet Research Agency during the midterms, as the US becomes more assertive  —  The U.S. military blocked Internet access to an infamous Russian entity seeking to sow discord among Americans during the 2018 midterms …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
FTC announces a new task force to monitor competition in “technology-related sectors” and says that it will look into previous mergers  —  And they're going to look at previous mergers  —  The Federal Trade Commission will be launching a task force to monitor competition …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple has been testing a sleep tracking feature for the Watch for several months in California and could add it to a future version by 2020  —  - Company holding studies at headquarters to track sleep habits  — Function would compete with wearables from Fitbit and Withings
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
HTC Exodus 1 adds ~20 decentralized blockchain apps, integrates with Opera browser for crypto micropayments, and can be purchased for $699 from March  —  Now you can buy the HTC blockchain phone with regular cash  —  HTC's blockchain phone is getting several new apps today …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: Facebook has been telling news publishers that it will only renew about a third of the existing news shows that it has funded for Facebook Watch  —  Facebook is showing a greater willingness to ax news programming that's not working on Facebook Watch.
The Guardian:
UK far-right activist Tommy Robinson has been permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram for repeatedly breaking policies on hate speech  —  Far-right founder of English Defence League repeatedly breached hate speech rules  —  Tommy Robinson, the far-right founder of the English Defence League …
Hadas Gold / CNN:
DC appeals court rejects DOJ's bid to overturn the ruling that cleared the way for AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner; DOJ says it will not seek further review  —  London (CNN Business)An appeals court has rejected the Justice Department's bid to overturn a ruling that cleared the way for AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner.
Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
Suicide tips and other dark and dangerous content was found spliced in kids' cartoon videos on YouTube and YouTube Kids  —  Free Hess, a pediatrician and mother, had learned about the chilling videos over the summer when another mom spotted one on YouTube Kids.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft commits to letting others create app stores for HoloLens 2, impressing Epic Games' CEO, who pledges support, sees HoloLens 2 as a new era of openness  —  Microsoft has made significant commitments to being open for the third era of computing  —  Microsoft unveiled …
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Intel:
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