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February 12, 2020, 6:10 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
GSMA says it has canceled Mobile World Congress after the coronavirus made it “impossible” to hold the event  —  MWC 2020 is no more  —  The world's biggest phone show, Mobile World Congress, is no longer taking place this year.  After coronavirus threatened to throw MWC into chaos …
New York Times:
Andy Rubin's Essential Products, which raised $330M to build smartphones and was valued at $1B, says it is ceasing operations  —  The smartphone company founded by Mr. Rubin, a former Google executive, struggled to win over customers.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Essential Products …
Financial Times:
Facebook says it has banned a network of two dozen fake pages and accounts linked to two Southeast Asian telecoms for using disinformation against rivals  —  South-east Asian providers said to have used fake accounts to discredit rivals  —  Facebook has alleged that one of south-east Asia's …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Book excerpt from Steven Levy's Facebook: The Inside Story, with a look at Zuckerberg's lost handwritten journal, in which he noted plans for world domination  —  In the early days of Facebook, Zuck kept his plans for world domination in handwritten journals.  He destroyed them.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp says it now has 2B users worldwide, up from the 1.5B it announced two years ago  —  WhatsApp, the most popular messaging service, revealed today just how big it has become.  The Facebook-owned app said it has amassed two billion users, up from 1.5 billion it revealed two years ago.
John Detrixhe / Quartz:
Research: Apple Pay makes up about 5% of global card transactions and is on pace to double that share by 2025  —  Future of Finance  —  New technology is upending everything in finance.  —  Apple's mobile wallet is gobbling up a growing chunk of card payments around the world.
Data Protection Commission:
Ireland's Data Protection Commission: Facebook has postponed launching Dating on Valentine's Day in Europe after DPC resorted to an inspection to procure docs  —  Facebook Ireland first contacted the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) in relation to its intention to roll-out a new Dating feature in the EU on Monday 3 February.
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
UK proposes plans to put media regulator Ofcom in charge of regulating social media, with a focus on removing illegal content and minimizing “harmful” content  —  Ministers unveil plans to block harmful content, while guaranteeing free speech  —  Ofcom will be put in charge …
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
Consumer advocacy group DoNotPay launches Robo Revenge, an app that fights robocallers by giving them burner credit card info and then helping users sue them  —  DoNotPay, the family of consumer advocacy services meant to protect people from corporate exploitation, is launching a new app aimed …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Reuters launches a new Reuters Fact Check business unit and blog and partners with Facebook to review news headlines, deepfakes, and user generated content  —  Eye-witness photos and videos distributed by news wire Reuters already go through an exhaustive media verification process.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Google rolls out Emoji Kitchen, which mashes up two emojis into a sticker, for Gboard on Android  —  Compatible with WhatsApp, Messenger, Telegram, and more  —  There are already hundreds of emoji available to cover every emotion from yawning to being a straight-up drunk weirdo.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Habu, which offers analysis and management tools for marketing data, emerges from stealth with $15M Series A  —  Marketing startup Habu is emerging from stealth today and announcing that it has already raised $15 million in Series A funding.  —  The company comes out of super{set} …
The Verge:
A look at online coding program Lambda School, which lets students defer tuition payments until they have jobs, but that many say is costly and under-delivers  —  Students at Lambda School say the program hasn't delivered on its promise  —  Bethany Surber was sleeping on friends' couches …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Q&A with McAfee CTO Steve Grobman on unusual types of ransomware, the state of AI in orchestrating and defending against cyberattacks, and deepfake detection  —  Artificial intelligence is sweeping through almost every industry, layering a new level of intelligence on the software used …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Nominet survey of CISOs at large US and UK companies finds 88% are “moderately or tremendously stressed”, resulting in an average tenure of 26 months  —  Report: The vast majority of interviewed CISO executives (88%) report high levels of stress, a third report stress-caused …
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Cisco meets Q2 expectations with revenue of $12B, non-GAAP net income of $3.3B, flat YoY, stock down 4%+ after hours  —  - Cisco beat expectations on the top and bottom lines for last quarter.  — Cisco shares are up just 5% in the past year, way below the 22% for the S&P 500.
More: ZDNet, Cisco, and TheStreetTweets: @cnbctech
Hired:
State of Software Engineers 2019: global demand for AR/VR engineers up by 1,400%, gaming developers up 146%, security engineers up 49% but slower than in 2018  —  Overview  —  The worldwide process of digital transformation, while something of a buzzword, reflects a critical truth: every company is now a technology company.
More: Datanami
Zeke Faux / Bloomberg:
A look at how Tala and other microfinance tech startups have exploded in Kenya, offering sky-high interest rates that have left some borrowers with nothing  —  Patricia Lele waits for nightfall to go to work.  As the sun sets in Kitale, in western Kenya, she hikes up her 2-year-old daughter on her hip …

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