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March 5, 2019, 9:50 PM

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Brian Barrett / Wired:
How Corning is working to create truly bendable, ultra-thin glass, as Samsung and others announce folding phones with plastic polymer screens  —  Foldable phones like Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Huwaei's Mate X are coming, whether you're ready or not.  In fact, they're coming whether they're ready or not.
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
Report: hackers believed to be sponsored by the Chinese government targeted over two dozen universities in an apparent bid to access maritime military research  —  Chinese hackers singled out over two dozen universities in the US and around the world in an apparent bid to gain access …
Bloomberg:
Russia is pushing “Sovereign Internet”, a draft law designed to create a single command post from which data flows can be managed across Russian cyberspace  —  When anti-government protests erupted on Russia's side of the Caucasus Mountains in October, authorities did something …
Whitson Gordon / iFixit:
2018 MacBook Pros include a longer screen cable, a part prone to fail on earlier models, requiring screen replacements, an issue Apple never acknowledged  —  In 2018, a number of MacBook Pro users—with models from 2016 onwards—discovered a serious design flaw that causes the screen to fail …
Aliya Ram / Financial Times:
Report: 40% of 2,830 AI startups in Europe do not use AI programs in their products; ~8% of EU startups were AI companies in 2018, up from ~3% in 2015  —  Two-fifths of Europe's artificial intelligence start-ups do not use any AI programs in their products, according to a report that highlights the hype around the technology.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
A look at how Spotify plans to crack the podcast market: making it easier to find podcasts, investing in creation tools, exclusive original content, and more  —  Spotify has been on a media blitz to hype up its plans.  Most everyone involved in the deals, including Spotify CEO Daniel Ek …
Washington Post:
T-Mobile acknowledges that its executives' patronage of Trump's Washington hotel, spending ~$195K, increased sharply after announcement of merger with Sprint  —  T-Mobile's patronage of President Trump's Washington hotel increased sharply after the announcement of its merger with its Sprint last April …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple acquired the patent portfolio of failed smart home security startup Lighthouse AI, including those related to visual authentication, late last year  —  Apple has recently acquired a handful of patents from Lighthouse AI, a defunct home security camera company.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Internal doc: iPhones with batteries installed by third-party repair shops are now eligible for being repaired at Apple Stores and authorized service providers  —  iPhones with aftermarket batteries installed by third-party repair shops are now eligible for service at Genius Bars …
Megan Wollerton / CNET:
August View wireless video doorbell unveiled with 1440p recording, 24/7 live video streaming, and rechargeable battery, available for $230 from March 28  —  August just introduced a new device to its lineup — the $230 August View.  Available in the United States beginning March 28 …
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
The Financial Times has acquired a majority stake in Amsterdam-based tech blog and events company The Next Web  —  The Financial Times has bought a controlling stake in consumer publisher The Next Web, marking its first acquisition in continental Europe.  —  The FT didn't disclose the terms …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
SoundCloud now offers SoundCloud Go+ subscriptions to students for $5/mo., a discount of 50%; it's the last major streaming service to offer student pricing  —  SoundCloud wants to make its streaming music service more affordable to a key demographic: younger users who generally spend …
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Berlin-based insurance tech startup Wefox Group, which runs Wefox and One, raises $125M Series B to help it become an all-in-one insurance platform  —  Wefox Group, the Berlin-based ‘insurtech’ startup behind the consumer-facing insurance app and carrier One and the insurance platform Wefox, has raised $125 million in Series B funding.
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Matt Wales / Eurogamer.net:
Valve faces criticism for its hands-off approach to content moderation as upcoming game glorifying rape and sexual assault is listed on Steam  —  Valve's ‘anything goes’ content policy has come under fire once more as a game enabling players to “control the choices of a menacing serial killer rapist” is listed on Steam.
Josh Horwitz / Reuters:
Chinese e-commerce company JD.com launches Joybuy, a store offering simple consumer electronics, on Alphabet's Google Express shopping site  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce company JD.Com Inc has launched a store on Google Express, the online shopping site owned by the search engine of Alphabet Inc.
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Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
Proposed agreement from Amazon HQ2 winner Arlington County, Virginia says Amazon must only meet specific office space targets to get about $23M in incentives  —  In exchange for giving Amazon about $23 million in incentives, activists wanted Arlington County to require the retail giant …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
The servers running social robot Jibo, which had raised ~$76M in total and shipped to the public in 2017 for $899, are being shut down forever  —  RIP, Jibo  —  The servers running Jibo, a connected home robot, are about to be shut down, and the robot has started informing its owners with a bittersweet message.
Stefanie Eschenbacher / Reuters:
Amazon and Mexico's central bank are working on CoDi, a mobile payments system that lets consumers make payments using QR codes; testing begins this month  —  MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's central bank is in talks with Amazon.com Inc to launch a new government-backed mobile payment system …
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