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February 28, 2019, 12:55 PM

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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Amazon announces Project Zero, an invite-only program to let brands autonomously flag and remove counterfeit listings of their products from Amazon  —  Amazon wants to cut down on fake listings  —  Amazon announced a new initiative today called Project Zero, a new effort that the online retailer …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches Amazon Day, a new option that lets Prime members pick a day of the week for delivery  —  Amazon this morning launched a new delivery option for Prime members that will allow them to control when their orders arrive, Amazon Day.  The option lets shoppers pick a day of the week to take delivery of their recent orders.
New York Times:
Sources: Facebook is working on a crypto coin for sharing on WhatsApp and has held talks with exchanges; Telegram and Signal are working on similar coins  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Some of the world's biggest internet messaging companies are hoping to succeed where cryptocurrency start-ups have failed …
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
Equipment from Cellebrite, popular with law enforcement for hacking into iOS/Android devices, is selling for $100-$1,000 on eBay; new units usually cost $6,000  —  When eBay merchant Mr. Balaj was looking through a pile of hi-fi junk at an auction in the U.K., he came across an odd-looking device.
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
Microsoft unveils Azure Sentinel, a new cloud service that allows customers to view and respond to security alerts and threats across corporate networks  —  Ahead of next week's big RSA security conference, Microsoft plans to introduce a new cloud service Thursday that will help customers manage …
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
Motorola confirms it is working on a foldable smartphone; it will likely be a revival of the Razr brand that will launch this summer  —  By now, it's not much of a secret that Motorola is working on a folding phone of its own: A patent for such a device surfaced late last year …
Roland Li / San Francisco Chronicle:
In a letter to a CA agency, Apple confirms that 190 employees, including 124 engineers, will be laid off from its self-driving car division on April 16  —  Apple will lay off 190 employees in Santa Clara and Sunnyvale in its self-driving car division, the company said.
The Seattle Times:
Though Seattle repealed its “head tax”, Amazon says it won't use the 722K sq. ft. in Rainier Square tower it had leased, which would have housed up to 5K staff  —  The lease was one of the biggest in Seattle history — enough space to hold at least 3,500 employees and perhaps up to 5,000.
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Zūm, which enables parents to schedule rides for their kids from fully vetted drivers, raises $40M Series C led by BMW i Ventures  —  Ride-sharing isn't just for transporting teenagers and adults anymore.  Zūm, a ridesharing startup for kids, just raised a $40 million Series C round led …
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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud survey of enterprises and SMBs: Azure adoption grew from 45% to 52%, reaching 85% of AWS adoption, up from 70% last year  —  The RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud Report from Flexera highlights how enterprises are spending more on cloud computing …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
ClassDojo, a messaging app for teachers and parents to communicate, raises $35M Series C co-led by GSV and SignalFire, source says at a ~$400M valuation  —  Messaging apps have become the de facto way that many people today keep in regular contact with each other, and that trend has also found its way into the classroom.
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Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Figure, which uses blockchain tech to provide home equity loans, raises $65M; founded over a year ago by ex-SoFi CEO Mike Cagney, Figure has raised $120M total  —  Figure, a 13-month-old, San Francisco-based company that says it uses blockchain technology to provide home equity loans online …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Presto, which provides restaurants with food ordering hardware and an AI platform to help them make decisions about ordering stock and staffing, raises $30M  —  The “restaurant of the future” may elicit thoughts of a chrome diner with robot servers and an otherwise hefty amount of Tokyo futurist kitsch …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
FTC settles with Musical.ly, now TikTok, for $5.7M, over the app's violation of US child privacy laws; TikTok's app updates with a new UX for users under 13  —  A significant FTC ruling issued today will see video app TikTok fined $5.7 million for violating U.S. children's privacy laws …
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
Square reports Q4 adjusted revenue of $464M, up 64% YoY, 15M Cash App MAUs in Dec. 2018, up from 7M YoY, issues weak Q1 guidance  —  - Payment company Square reported fourth-quarter results that beat analysts' expectations for earnings and revenue on Wednesday.

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