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February 28, 2020, 9:30 AM

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Queenie Wong / CNET:
Facebook cancels its F8 developer conference amid growing concerns around COVID-19, says it is planning “locally hosted events” and livestreamed content instead  —  Facebook said Thursday it's cancelling its annual F8 developers conference, the social media giant's biggest event of the year …
Carli Velocci / Windows Central:
Microsoft says it will not attend Game Developers Conference due to coronavirus concerns and will make sessions and experiences available in a digital event  —  The move follows Sony, Facebook, and Unity.  —  What you need to know  — Microsoft Game Stack announced it's pulling out of GDC due to coronavirus concerns.
BuzzFeed News:
Docs show Best Buy and Walmart, alongside ICE, DOJ, and FBI, are among the 2,200+ companies and law enforcement agencies listed as clients of Clearview AI  —  The United States' main immigration enforcement agency, the Department of Justice, retailers including Best Buy and Macy's …
Wayne Ma / The Information:
Source: Apple is planning to release an iPad keyboard with a built-in trackpad, likely with the next version of the iPad Pro, later this year  —  Apple is planning to release an iPad keyboard accessory later this year that will include a built-in trackpad, the latest step in its effort …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Sources: FCC proposes fining AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon at least $200M in total for improperly disclosing some real-time location data of users  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is set to propose fining four major U.S. mobile phone companies …
Maggie Miller / The Hill:
Senate passes bill that bans the government from purchasing Huawei and ZTE equipment, funds small telecoms to replace equipment; bill heads to Trump for signing  —  The Senate unanimously approved legislation on Thursday that would ban the use of federal funds to purchase telecommunications equipment …
Maddie Stone / OneZero :
Researchers argue that fear of rising data center usage, accounting for 1% of global electricity demand, is overblown and will be offset by improved efficiency  —  Researchers argue that new technology and greater efficiency could offset energy demands  —  The climate impact of the data centers …
Varun Mishra / Counterpoint Research:
Counterpoint: iPhone XR was the best selling phone globally for 2019, followed by the iPhone 11, with the Samsung Galaxy A50 coming in third  —  According to Counterpoint Research's Market Pulse, iPhone 11 raced to become the second-best selling model globally for 2019 despite it being launched in September.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Researchers find an Android malware strain Cerberus that can extract and steal one-time passwords generated by Google's Authenticator mobile app  —  A new version of the “Cerberus” Android banking trojan will be able to steal one-time codes generated by the Google Authenticator app and bypass 2FA-protected accounts.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Facebook sues data analytics firm OneAudience, claiming it paid app developers to install its SDK in their apps so it could harvest data on Facebook users  —  Data analytics firm OneAudience allegedly paid app developers to include its SDK in their code so it could harvest data from Facebook users.
Let's Encrypt:
Let's Encrypt says it has issued 1B free TLS certificates on around 192M unique domains in the four years since its launch  —  We issued our billionth certificate on February 27, 2020.  We're going to use this big round number as an opportunity to reflect on what has changed for us, and for the Internet, leading up to this event.

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