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February 4, 2020, 7:40 AM

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Nick Statt / The Verge:
Alphabet breaks out revenue numbers for YouTube ads for the first time, says they generated $4.7B in Q4 revenue and $15.15B in fiscal 2019, up from $11.16B YoY  —  We've never before known how much money YouTube generates  —  YouTube generated nearly $5 billion in ad revenue in the last three months …
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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it has suspended “a large network of fake accounts” and many others for abusing an API feature that let them match phone numbers to usernames  —  Twitter announced today that over the holidays it identified and shut down “a large network of fake accounts,” …
HuffPost:
Sources: Shadow, a company affiliated with Democratic digital nonprofit ACRONYM, built Iowa caucus app used by workers that caused delays in reporting results  —  Shadow, a Democratic digital firm, created the app that was supposed to deliver quicker caucus results.
Robert Armstrong / Financial Times:
Mastercard CEO details why the company pulled out of Libra, says he had concerns about how Libra went from an “altruistic idea” to Calibra, a proprietary wallet  —  - Money laundering questons on Facebook's digital currency  — Banga does not understand how Libra makes money
About Facebook:
Dropbox CEO and co-founder Drew Houston joins Facebook's board of directors, effective immediately  —  Facebook today announced that Drew Houston, co-founder and CEO of Dropbox, has been appointed to the company's board of directors, effective immediately.  —  Mark Zuckerberg …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
A performance artist loaded 99 smartphones into a wagon and opened Google Maps on all of them, creating an artificial traffic jam that turned green streets red  —  Google Maps is a hugely useful tool that's used by millions of people around the globe, mostly thanks to its excellent navigation and traffic tools.
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Amid virus outbreak, authorities in China are using its vast surveillance network to identify potential carriers, ostracizing even those without the symptoms  —  The authorities hunt for people from Wuhan, the center of the outbreak, encouraging citizens to inform on others.
Maria Deutscher / SiliconANGLE:
HPE acquires zero-trust authentication startup Scytale, which was founded by the creators of open source projects SPIFFE and SPIRE and had raised $8M to date  —  Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. today said that it has acquired Scytale Inc., a startup that develops so-called zero-trust security software …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Teams was down for nearly three hours on Monday morning after Microsoft forgot to renew a security certificate  —  Microsoft Teams is currently down worldwide after Microsoft forgot to renew a critical security certificate.  Users of Microsoft's Slack competitor were met …

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