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GSMArena.com: Xiaomi says Mi Mix 2S with Snapdragon 845 is coming on March 27, hints at 273,741 AnTuTu score; rumored specs include 5.99" 18:9 FullHD+ display, 8GB RAM  —  The flow of leaks and rumors on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is coming to an end.  The company just announced on its Weibo profile the launch date for the new phablet.

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Karl Bode / Motherboard: Critics say FCC's new National Broadband Map, like its previous iteration, overstates available ISPs, lists inaccurate data about speeds, and lacks pricing info  —  At the core of the problem is, unsurprisingly, the influence of deep-pocketed telecom operators on lawmakers and regulators.

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Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider: KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple is working on a branded over-the-ear wireless headphone product that could debut in the fourth quarter of 2018 at the earliest  —  Capitalizing on early success with AirPods, Apple is readying a branded over-the-ear wireless headphone product that could launch …

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Tony Romm / Washington Post: At CPAC, the NRA presented FCC Chairman Ajit Pai with a “courage under fire award” and a rifle for his efforts to roll back net neutrality regulations  —  The Republicans who lead the country's top telecom agency arrived at an annual gathering of influential conservatives Friday hoping …

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Jacob Brogan / Slate: Indictment alleges Paul Manafort and Robert Gates exchanged incriminating evidence over email because Manafort wanted Gates to covert PDFs to editable Word docs  —  There are two types of people in this world: those who know how to convert PDFs into Word documents and those who are indicted money laundering.

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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post: US officials say Russian hackers breached several hundred computers during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony and made it look like a North Korean operation  —  Russian military spies hacked several hundred computers used by authorities at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, according to U.S. intelligence.

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Zaid Shoorbajee / Cyberscoop: SEC updates guidance for disclosures of cybersecurity risks and hacking incidents, warns against employees in the know selling shares before public disclosure  —  Securities and Exchange Commission Headquarters (Wikimedia Commons)  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission wants companies …

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Justin Duino / 9to5Google: Three-minute promotional video for Galaxy S9 leaks, showing off splitscreen multitasking, new DeX Pad, water resistance, Knox features, facial recognition, more  —  As if the Galaxy S9 hadn't been leaked enough before its official announcement at MWC, Samsung accidentally went and uploaded its launch video.

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Antonio García Martínez / Wired: How the Trump campaign increased its Facebook ad purchasing power with provocative content and mastered ad tools like Custom Audiences and Lookalike Audiences  —  Why Russia's Facebook ads were less important to Trump's victory than his own Facebook ads.  —  IT'S NOT EVERY day that a former …

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Stephen Nellis / Reuters: To comply with local laws, Apple will next week store keys to Chinese users' iCloud accounts in China, giving Chinese authorities easier access to user data  —  SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING (Reuters) - When Apple Inc begins hosting Chinese users' iCloud accounts in a new Chinese data center at the end …

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Christian de Looper / Digital Trends: HTC announces U.S. layoffs as smartphone and VR divisions merge  —  It looks like HTC's smartphone business may be shifting away from the U.S. Last week Chailin Chang, HTC's president of smartphone and connected devices, announced his resignation from the company.

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Kai Sedgwick / Bitcoin News: Analysis: out of 902 ICOs listed on Tokendata.io last year, 531 projects that raised a total of $233M in 2017 have either already failed or are dormant online  —  It has always been assumed that a large number of ICOs will fail, be it at the fundraising stage or when it comes to delivering the actual project.

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Louise Matsakis / Wired: Facebook's mandatory anti-malware scan for flagged devices lacks transparency in how scanned data is used and has locked out an undisclosed number of users  —  WHEN AN OREGON science fiction writer named Charity tried to log onto Facebook on February 11, she found herself completely locked out of her account.

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Evelyn Cheng / CNBC: Bernstein analysts estimate that Bitmain made between $3B and $4B in operating profit in 2017 by selling bitcoin miners and mining cryptocurrencies  —  - Based on conservative estimates of gross margin of 75 percent and operating margin of 65 percent, Bernstein analysts calculate …

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Janko Roettgers / Variety: SEC filing shows Twitter has written off $66.4M of the $70M it had invested into SoundCloud in 2016  —  Twitter's lost almost all of the money it had invested in SoundCloud, the company disclosed as part of its 2017 annual report Friday.  The company had to write off a total of $66.4 million …

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Split raises $17M Series B led by Lightspeed, allows companies to test out new software features and deliver them in a targeted way to select groups of users  —  Split announced this morning that it's raised $17 million in Series B funding.  —  The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners …

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Alexandria Sage / Reuters: California DMV says that autonomous vehicles with remote human operators could be tested on state roads as soon as early April  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Self-driving cars that back up their computerized system with a remote human operator instead of a fallback driver at the wheel …

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BuzzFeed: Cryptocurrency scammers changed handles on verified Twitter accounts and kept verified badges, making it easier to trick users to send funds to scammer wallets  —  This is the Twitter account for Tron Foundation, the organization behind a cryptocurrency that has a current valuation of $2.8 billion.

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Researchers say some security certificates are being sold and registered using stolen corporate identities, making traditional network security less effective  —  Certificates registered in names of real corporations are surprisingly easy to come by.  —  The Stuxnet worm that targeted …

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Kerry Flynn / Mashable: Facebook removes a demo of a VR shooting game called Bullet Train at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference out of respect for Parkland victims  —  Facebook pulled a demo of Bullet Train, a virtual reality game that lets players use an imaginary gun to pretend shoot people in a train station …

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Financial Times: Sources: Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund in talks to invest up to $400M in Magic Leap at ~$6B valuation, would bring Magic Leap's funds raised to $2.3B  —  Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund is in talks to invest as much as $400m in Magic Leap in a deal that would take the US tech …

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Ari Levy / CNBC: Top five Dropbox shareholders: Drew Houston holds 25.3% stake, Sequoia has 23.2%, Arash Ferdowsi has 10.3%, Accel has 5%, and T. Rowe Price has 3.5%  —  - CEO Drew Houston and venture firm Sequoia Capital each own more than a 20 percent stake in Dropbox.  —  Dropbox has taken a very unconventional route to an IPO.

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Tom Krazit / GeekWire: Dropbox has saved almost $75M since 2015 by moving from AWS to custom-designed infrastructure and software  —  After making the decision to roll its own infrastructure and reduce its dependence on Amazon Web Services, Dropbox reduced its operating costs by $74.6 million over the next two years …

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Bloomberg: Dropbox gave 3 top execs stocks worth $190M in 2017: CEO Drew Houston got $109.6M, co-founder Arash Ferdowsi got $46.7M, engineering VP Quentin Clark got $34.1M  —  Dropbox Inc. granted about $190 million in stock awards to three top executives last year as the file-sharing company prepared for an initial public offering.

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Deirdre Bosa / CNBC: Instacart says it has discovered and fixed a bug that withheld tips from shoppers and overcharged users since the end of 2017  —  - Instacart has discovered a bug in its checkout flow that affected some of its users' ability to waive service fees and some shoppers' ability to receive tips.

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