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February 26, 2020, 6:05 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
At Apple's shareholder meeting, Tim Cook says it 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
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 …
Betsy Swan / The Daily Beast:
Clearview AI, provider of facial recognition search to police, says an intruder accessed its entire list of customers and how many searches they have conducted  —  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 …
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 …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Bug in Cypress and Broadcom Wi-Fi chips meant billions of devices, many now patched, left comms 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 …
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.
Amal S / Reuters:
Google says it will spend $10B on offices and data centers in the US this year, focusing on 11 states including MA and NY, down from $13B in 2019  —  (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google said on Wednesday it would invest more than $10 billion in offices and data centers across the United States this year.
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 …
Alfred Ng / CNET:
A look at US schools' growing use of mobile phone tracking tech from companies like Inpixon, using scanners to pick up Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cell signals  —  Teachers often lament that phones can be a distraction in classrooms.  Some governments have even banned phones outright in schools.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
PayPal's looking into unauthorized transactions that appear to stem from its Google Pay integration; researcher says it may involve a bug reported but not fixed  —  All signs point to an attack exploiting PayPal's Google Pay integration. … Hackers have found a bug in PayPal's Google Pay integration …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Salesforce acquires Vlocity, a provider of cloud and mobile software built atop Salesforce, for $1.33B, and beats with Q4 revenue of $4.85B, up 35% YoY  —  - Keith Block became co-CEO alongside Marc Benioff less than two years ago.  — Salesforce announced the $1.33 billion acquisition of Vlocity in addition to the departure.
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