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February 21, 2020, 11:00 AM

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Christopher Dring / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony and Facebook say they will not attend Game Developers Conference this year due to coronavirus concerns; Facebook to make Oculus announcements online  —  Oculus announcements will now take place online  —  PlayStation and Facebook Gaming/Oculus will not be attending …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Facebook will pay users up to $5 for voice recordings via its Viewpoints app to improve its speech recognition tech; recordings won't be tied to user profiles  —  But it won't pay much  —  Facebook will offer to pay some users for voice recordings that will be used to help improve …
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Twitter confirms it is testing bright labels beneath lies and misinfo posted by politicians and public figures, and points-based “community badges” for users  —  A leaked demo features bright red and orange badges for tweets that have been deemed “harmfully misleading.”
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces Defender ATP for Linux, will offer the antivirus software for Android and iOS later this year as part of its enterprise security platform  —  New Defender mobile apps will be available later this year  —  Microsoft is planning to bring its Defender antivirus software to Android and iOS later this year.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to amend their merger agreement to give Deutsche Telekom a higher ownership stake in the new combined company  —  - Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to amend their merger deal agreement to give Deutsche Telekom a higher ownership stake in the new combined company.
Nico Grant / Bloomberg:
Sources: around 300 workers at Oracle offices around the world walked out on Thursday to protest Larry Ellison's fundraiser for Trump on Wednesday  —  - Chairman's fundraiser for Trump re-election sparked anger  — Activism more muted than at tech companies like Google
Nick Statt / The Verge:
New Mexico AG sues Google, alleging the company tracks data of students who use free Chromebooks provided to schools through its G Suite for Education platform  —  ‘Tracking student data without parental consent is not only illegal, it is dangerous’  —  Google is facing a new lawsuit filed …
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:
MIT researchers say they used AI to discover new potent antibiotics that treat drug-resistant diseases  —  Machine learning uncovers potent new drug able to kill 35 powerful bacteria  —  Artificial intelligence has been used to discover new antibiotics effective against untreatable diseases …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Volocopter, which aims to develop an autonomous air taxi service, extends its Series C by another €37M, taking the round total to €87M  —  Volocopter, a German company that's developing autonomous electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for commercial air taxi services …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Researcher says Cameo exposed user data including email addresses, hashed and salted passwords, phone numbers, and messages via a misconfiguration in its app  —  Cameo, the increasingly popular app for paying celebrities to record short personal videos, exposed a wealth of user data including …

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