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Zack Whittaker / ZDNet: Security researchers and reporters hesitate to report vulnerabilities fearing defamation lawsuits and other legal action  —  Security researchers and reporters have something in common: both hold the powerful accountable.  But doing so has painted a target on their backs …

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Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge: Uber launches Express Pool, which gives cheaper fares to those willing to walk to shared rides, in SF, DC, LA, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego, Denver, Boston  —  Uber's first new product in three years  —  UberPool has long occupied a weird place in the ride-hailing company's lineup of services.

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Bloomberg: Sources: Apple is in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt, a key battery ingredient, directly from miners for the first time, amid fears of a shortage  —  iPhone maker one of the largest end users of the metal  —  Cobalt is a key ingredient in mobile phone batteries

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Jon Fingas / Engadget: AT&T picks Atlanta, Dallas, and Waco as the first three cities to get mobile 5G service in 2018  —  AT&T is finally willing to say exactly where you'll see mobile 5G in 2018.  The carrier has confirmed that “parts” of Atlanta, Waco and its home turf of Dallas will adopt the standards-based service …

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New York Times: On Facebook and Twitter, lax enforcement lets impostor accounts thrive, leaves few options for those whose identities are taken, enabling fake news, propaganda  —  When Hilary Mason, a data scientist and entrepreneur, discovered that dozens of automated “bot” accounts had sprung up to impersonate …

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Leigh Cuen / International Business Times: Coinbase says it will roll out support for a Bitcoin network update called SegWit to all customers by next week; Bitfinex announced support for SegWit today  —  Coinbase, one of the most popular cryptocurrency exchange platforms, just announced it is rolling out a bitcoin network update called SegWit.

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The Information: Sources: Amazon tried to buy smart lock maker August Home for $100M in 2016, focusing on Amazon Key after deal was rebuffed; August was later bought for $150M  —  In mid-2016, Amazon.com made a $100 million offer to buy August Home, which makes locks that can be opened with an app …

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Kyle Wiggers / xda-developers: Android P will prevent idle background apps from accessing the camera, according to code changes in the Android Open Source Project  —  Android P, the next major version of Android, could be weeks away from an official unveiling, and although its core user-facing features are still unknown to us …

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David Shepardson / Reuters: Sources: the FCC is expected to formally publish its December order overturning the Obama-era net neutrality rules on Thursday  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected to publish on Thursday its December order overturning the landmark Obama-era net neutrality rules …

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Sarah Nassauer / Wall Street Journal: Walmart reports sharp slowdown in e-commerce sales in the holiday season, following three quarters of booming growth; stock closes down 10%+  —  Holidays sales are strong, but growth shrinks online as stocking snags hit website  —  Walmart Inc. WMT -10.18% reported profit-margin pressure …

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Reuters: DOJ forms cyber task force to assess how it is “combatting the global cyber threat”, including election meddling, and issue report by end of June  —  U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the creation of a task force to look at how the Justice Department is fighting …

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Takahiko Wada / Reuters: Sources: 16 Japan's cryptocurrency exchanges to form a self-regulating body to better safeguard investors after Coincheck's $530M digital money heist last month  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Sixteen Japanese cryptocurrency exchanges will fix plans as early as next week to create a self-regulating body …

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Aliya Ram / Financial Times: Source: Citymapper shelves plans for London bus service, due to similarity with city's existing service, will develop Uber competitor after city grants license  —  Citymapper has dropped plans to become a bus company and will instead attempt to take on Uber as a private hire taxi operator …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Microsoft adds game sales for over 5,000 titles to Mixer, its Twitch competitor, and will pay streamers 5% for every purchase from their channel  —  Twitch has long since allowed its streamers to generate revenue from their channels through things like subscriptions, virtual tipping and game sales.

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Daniel Palmer / CoinDesk: Report: Venezuela debuts its Petro crypto token in pre-sale, with 82.4M available initially, amid fiat currency's hyperinflation woes and US lawmaker concerns  —  The Venezuelan government has officially launched the pre-sale of its controversial “petro” token, according to a report.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook's 3D posts now support glTF 2.0 file format for better textures, lighting, rendering of objects that can be dropped into News Feed, shared to Spaces VR  —  What if you could digitally sculpt a 3D object and share it on Facebook, play with it in virtual reality, or insert it into your world with augmented reality?

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RedLock Blog: Hackers infiltrated Tesla's Kubernetes console, which lacked a password and contained credentials for its AWS environment, and began mining cryptocurrency  —  The Cryptojacking Epidemic  —  A few months ago, the RedLock Cloud Security Intelligence (CSI) team found hundreds …

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch: xMatters, which develops a platform for identifying and solving product problems, raises $40M Series D led by Goldman Sachs, bringing total financing to $95M  —  When a crisis happens and your system is down, it's easy for panic and chaos to ensue.  Large companies use a range of tools …

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Brent Wistrom / AustinInno: Austin-based SparkCognition, which uses AI to improve cybersecurity systems, announces it's closed a $56.5M Series B, bringing total raised to $63.6M  —  Investors are bullish on SparkCognition's approach to using artificial intelligence to improve cybersecurity systems and predictive analytics …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Stride, Atlassian's Slack competitor, opens its API to all developers  —  The arrival of Stride, Atlassian's Slack competitor, was probably the company's biggest launch of 2017.  While the company generally allows developers to easily integrate with its products, Stride's API remained …

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Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com: Microsoft outlines limitations of Windows 10 on ARM compared to on x86: no initial support for 64-bit apps, Hyper-V, or certain app classes, and no x86 drivers  —  For over a year we've been treated to the fantasy that Windows 10 on ARM was the same as Windows 10 on x86.  But it's a bit more nuanced than that.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Snapchat now lets users add GIF stickers to their posts via Giphy and rolls out tabs on Friends and Discover sections to help organize and follow Stories  —  Snapchat is bringing one of the best recent features of Instagram Stories to its own app, with the ability to add GIF stickers from Giphy to your posts.

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New York Times: One hour after news broke about the Florida school shooting, hundreds of suspected Russian-linked Twitter bots released divisive posts on the gun control debate  —  SAN FRANCISCO — One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Pay begins its global rollout, replacing Android Pay, with the home screen showing a personalized list of relevant stores accepting Google Pay  —  As we reported last month, Google is uniting all of its different payment tools under the Google Pay brand.

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Reuters: Qualcomm raises its bid for NXP Semiconductors from ~$38B to ~$44B, or from $110 per share to $127.50 per share, in an effort to win shareholder support  —  (Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) raised its offer to buy NXP Semiconductors NV (NXPI.O) to $127.50 per share from $110 …

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