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February 26, 2020, 8:30 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
At Apple's shareholder meeting, Tim Cook says Apple will open its online store in India this year, with physical stores in 2021, and addresses COVID-19 concerns  —  - CEO hints wearables sales $40 billion; equal to Marriott, Visa  — Company plans to open retail stores in India next year
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Clearview AI, in a letter to customers, says an intruder accessed its client list and the number of searches clients conducted, but not their search histories  —  Clearview AI, which contracts with law enforcement after reportedly scraping 3 billion images from the web, now says someone got …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Q&A with Steven Levy on his new book, “Facebook: The Inside Story”, Instagram, interviewing Facebook executives, and the company's future after Mark Zuckerberg  —  A Q&A with the author of one of our mostly hotly anticipated books of 2020  —  People kept having the idea …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Declassified study: NSA system to analyze American domestic call and text logs cost $100M from 2015 to 2019 and yielded only one significant investigation  —  A disputed program that allowed the National Security Agency to gain access to logs of Americans' domestic calls and texts yielded …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Bug in Cypress and Broadcom Wi-Fi chips meant billions of devices, many now patched, were left open to eavesdropping; Apple, Amazon, and others were affected  —  Cypress and Broadcom chip bug bit iPhones, Macs, Android devices, Echoes, and more.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Billions of devices …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Google adds five new languages to Translate, including Uyghur, Turkmen, and Tatar, its first additions in four years, bringing its total to 108  —  Five new languages for a total of 108  —  Google Translate is adding support for five new languages today, bringing its total to 108 languages.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft says it will likely miss its guidance for its More Personal Computing segment, which includes Windows, due to COVID-19's impact on its supply chain  —  Microsoft shares fell 2% on Wednesday after the company said it doesn't expect to meet the quarterly revenue guidance …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Jury convicts ex-Microsoft engineer of 18 felonies after he stole $10M in digital currencies from the company and used it to make extravagant purchases  —  A former Microsoft worker was convicted of 18 federal felonies after he stole $10 million worth of digital currency from his ex-employer …
TechCrunch:
Particle, a back-end IoT startup that raised $40M Series C in October 2019, says it laid off 10% of its staff, or 14 people, just weeks after co-founder left  —  San Francisco-based startup Particle was one of the rising stars in the Internet of Things space, raising more than $81 million …
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed News:
An in-depth look at what India's internet blackout looks like in Kashmir: social control with select media allowed, businesses crippled, the vulnerable isolated  —  Like the snowcapped mountains and grassy meadows, men with guns are part of the landscape in Kashmir.
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Sources: Invite Media reduced its assets before Google's $80M acquisition in 2010 to avoid requiring FTC approval, the kind of deal the FTC is now re-examining  —  The 2010 acquisition of Invite Media could come up for new scrutiny  —  Something unusual was underway in early 2010 at Invite Media …
Samantha Cole / VICE:
Two programmer-musicians algorithmically generated every 8-note, 12-beat MIDI melody in one octave and openly licensed them to help others in copyright suits  —  Two programmer-musicians wrote every possible MIDI melody in existence to a hard drive, copyrighted the whole thing …
Salesforce:
Salesforce says Keith Block has stepped down as co-CEO but will still advise Marc Benioff; Gavin Patterson named President and CEO of Salesforce International  —  Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) today announced that Keith Block has stepped down as co-CEO of Salesforce and Marc Benioff is Chair and CEO of the company.
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