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February 26, 2019, 10:35 PM

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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 …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Sources: US Cyber Command disrupted internet access for Russia's Internet Research Agency during the 2018 US midterms  —  The U.S. military blocked Internet access to an infamous Russian entity seeking to sow discord among Americans during the 2018 midterms, several U.S. officials said …
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 …
Gus Garcia-Roberts / USA Today:
Twitter has permanently suspended Jacob Wohl for creating and operating fake accounts, after he shared plans to make deceptive accounts before the 2020 election  —  Twitter announced that it is permanently suspending Jacob Wohl, a 21-year-old Internet hoaxer and supporter of President Donald Trump …
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.
Manish Singh / VentureBeat:
Spotify launches in India with support for Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu languages; after free trial, the monthly premium tier starts at 119 rupees or $1.67  —  A year after Spotify publicly expressed its intention to launch in India, the music streaming company has finally delivered.
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
HTC's blockchain-focused Exodus 1 phone adds ~20 decentralized blockchain apps, integrates with Opera for crypto micropayments, will be sold for $699 in March  —  Now you can buy the HTC blockchain phone with regular cash  —  HTC's blockchain phone is getting several new apps today …
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC settles with supplement maker in first case involving allegedly fake paid Amazon reviews to gain a five-star rating, will suspend most of $12.8M judgment  —  Commission also alleges weight-loss supplement claims were deceptive  —  The Federal Trade Commission today announced …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook policy doc shows it wants up to a 30% cut of Fan Subscriptions, vs Patreon's 5%, and to reserve right to offer free trials with no creator compensation  —  Facebook will drive a hard bargain with influencers and artists judging by the terms of service for the social network's Patreon …
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
Report: Microsoft and VMware are working on software to ease porting apps built on VMware's virtualization tech to Azure as part of a broader partnership  —  One of the biggest obstacles to the growth of cloud computing is inertia, as companies that spent tens of millions of dollars …
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 …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple has been testing a sleep tracking feature for Apple Watch for several months in California, and could add it to the Watch by 2020  —  - Company holding studies at headquarters to track sleep habits  — Function would compete with wearables from Fitbit and Withings
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.

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