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Symbiont raises $20M Series B for its enterprise blockchain-based platform for financial instruments such as securities and loans, led by Nasdaq Ventures (Yessi Bello Perez/The Next Web)

Patreon says it has 3M+ patrons, up by 1M+ in 2018, who support 100K+ creators; the company will pay creators $500M in 2019, reach $1B paid since launch in 2013 (Janko Roettgers/Variety)

Uplift, which works with airlines and sites like Kayak to offer travelers vacation financing, raises $123M Series C, expects to drive nearly $1B in loans in '19 (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)

Amazon says it is field testing Amazon Scout, a small autonomous six-wheeled delivery robot, in Snohomish County, Washington (Day One)

Electric.ai, the NYC startup that helps companies automate their IT support services via a chat-based service, has raised $25M Series B round led by GGV (Jordan Crook/TechCrunch)

Andela, which trains and places African programmers to work remotely for US companies, raises $100M Series D from Al Gore's Generation Investment Management (Joshua Brustein/Bloomberg)

After Netflix price hikes, Hulu will lower the price of its base, ad-supported subscription plan to $5.99/mo, down from the current $7.99/mo, starting Feb. 26 (Chris Welch/The Verge)

Waymo to invest $13.6M in a factory for level 4 autonomous cars in Michigan, partnering with Magna to install Waymo's self-driving system in cars made by others (Reuters)

Anchorage, which holds and safeguards crypto assets for institutions, comes out of stealth after raising $17M Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

Meizu announces Zero, a smartphone with no ports, physical buttons, or SIM card slot; instead it has eSIM support and 18-watt fast wireless charging (GSMArena.com)

Consumer finance journalist Martin Lewis drops his lawsuit against Facebook over scam ads, after the company agrees to donate 3M to set up an anti-scam project (Alex Hern/The Guardian)

Confluent, the company behind open source streaming data project Apache Kafka, raises $125M Series D led by Sequoia Capital, source says at a $2.5B valuation (Alex Konrad/Forbes)

Candy Ventures acquires AR startup Blippar, which went into administration last month after raising $130M+, and will reform it as a new business with same CEO (Shona Ghosh/Business Insider)

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Google launches YouTube TV in 95 new US markets, says it now covers 98% of US households (Chris Welch/The Verge)

Microsoft is automatically installing NewsGuard, a plug-in that guides users on which news websites can be trusted, on mobile versions of its Edge browser (Jim Waterson/The Guardian)

Q&A with the ACLU's Jon Callas, formerly of Apple, on the need for tech expertise in policymaking, the biggest challenges for the security industry, and more (Kim Zetter/Motherboard)

Alexa AI scientists describe in a paper a technique that uses millions of unannotated interactions with Amazon's voice assistant to reduce NLP error rate by 8% (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Desktop Metal, a maker of 3D metal printing systems for commercial and industrial use, raises $160M led by a subsidiary of Koch Industries at a ~$1.5B valuation (Dan Primack/Axios)

Despite Bitcoin's dive, thousands of Georgians have sold cars to buy computers to mine Bitcoin; ~10% of the country's energy output goes into mining Bitcoin (Liz Alderman/New York Times)

A look at the history of LiveJournal, the early blogging platform that boasted 10M+ accounts at its height but faltered after questionable business decisions (Steven T. Wright/Ars Technica)

How Huawei made steady progress expanding into Europe over many years by spending big, only to have it unravel over security concerns from the US, UK, others (New York Times)

In Colorado, over two dozen law enforcement agencies statewide have encrypted their radio communications, making it hard for crime reporters to cover their beat (Jonathan Peters/Columbia Journalism ...)

Google announces it will contribute an additional $3.1M to Wikimedia and give Wikipedia editors free access to Custom Search API and Cloud Vision API (Louise Matsakis/Wired)

New research details how two widely received spam email campaigns over the past few months were made possible by a previously detailed weakness at GoDaddy.com (Brian Krebs/Krebs on Security)

Google spent $21.2M on US govt lobbying in 2018, up from $18.04M in 2017; Facebook spent $12.62M, up from $11.51M; and Microsoft spent $9.52M, up from $8.5M (Paresh Dave/Reuters)

NPD Group: US video game revenue in 2018 reached a record $43.4B, up 18% YoY, with software earning $35.8B, up 18% YoY, and hardware earning $7.5B, up 15% YoY (Rebekah Valentine/GamesIndustry.biz)

Viacom to acquire Pluto TV, a free, ad-supported streaming service, for $340M in cash; Pluto TV to operate as an independent subsidiary when the deal closes (Sara Fischer/Axios)

IBM beats with Q4 revenue of $21.76B, down 3% YoY, vs. $21.71B analyst estimate, and full-year cloud revenue of $19.2B, up 12% YoY; stock up 6%+ after hours (Pushkala Aripaka/Reuters)

The Motion Picture Association of America has added Netflix as a member, the first internet-based service to be added (Anthony D'Alessandro/Deadline)

Twitter begins limited rollout of a new web interface with a two-column layout, keyboard shortcuts, a dedicated emoji button, and a revised trends section (Jon Fingas/Engadget)

US DoL files complaint against Oracle for discrimination against women and people of color, seeks $400M+ for workers who have suffered pay inequities (Sam Levin/The Guardian)

Match Group and the media brand Betches have partnered to launch Ship, an iOS dating app that allows users to help their friends pick out potential dates (Ashley Carman/The Verge)

Google says 30M Chromebooks are used in education, up 5M from May 2018, and that 80M people use its G Suite for Education platform (Abner Li/9to5Google)

TomTom announces it's selling its telematics unit, which includes fleet management solutions, to automotive giant Bridgestone Europe for 910M (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

DHS issues rare "emergency" directive ordering federal agencies to secure credentials for DNS records; sources: six agencies have seen malicious DNS activity (Sean Lyngaas/CyberScoop)

SCOTUS declines to hear case over whether Yelp is responsible for removing defamatory reviews from its site after CA Supreme Court ruled in Yelp's favor in 2018 (Adi Robertson/The Verge)

Source: Zynga founder Mark Pincus is raising up to $700M for a new investment fund that will focus on publicly traded tech firms needing strategic restructuring (Dan Primack/Axios)

Analysis of millions of Glassdoor reviews finds 400+ companies, including SpaceX and Slack, have unusual single-month increases in mostly positive posts (Wall Street Journal)

Hailo, an Israel-based developer of a microprocessor for deep learning on edge devices, expands its Series A by an additional $8.5M to $21M (FinSMEs)

Vox Media is acquiring The Coral Project, an open-source publishing platform housed within the Mozilla Foundation (Sara Fischer/Axios)

Amazon launches direct sales of merchandise in Brazil after months of delays caused by complicated logistics, testy vendor relations, and a complex tax system (Gabriela Mello/Reuters)

Inside Uber's Special Investigations Unit, a 60+ team handling severe reported incidents, nearly 1,200/week, often leading to stress and emotional trauma (CNN)

Online birth control prescription and delivery service The Pill Club raises $51M Series B led by VMG Partners, bringing total raised to $67M (Kate Clark/TechCrunch)

Microsoft unveils Microsoft Classroom Pen, optimized for the Surface Go and sold in packs of 20 to schools, and 7 new PCs from Acer, Dell, Lenovo from $189-$320 (Tom Warren/The Verge)

Microsoft expands its coding language for visually impaired children, now called Code Jumper, partnering with a non-profit to expand internationally (Devindra Hardawar/Engadget)

Sources: Netflix is in advanced talks to join the Motion Picture Association of America and would be the first internet-based service to do so if it does (Steven Overly/Politico)

Dosh raises $40M, sources say at a $300M valuation, following a $44M Series A nine months ago, as its cash back app has doled out ~$50M to shoppers (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Digital identity management firm Keyfactor, formerly Certified Security Solutions, announces $77M in growth funding led by Insight Venture Partners (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

UPS and Latch, which launched a pilot of their Amazon Key-like delivery service in SF and NYC last year, plan to expand to 10 new US cities by mid-year (Molly Price/CNET)

Japanese early stage incubator Digital Garage teams up with Blockstream to develop blockchain-based financial services in Japan (Jon Russell/TechCrunch)

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Atiku's controversial visit to the US - Tribune

Banks, Credit Unions Offer Help to Federal Workers Stung by the Government Shutdown - Yahoo

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Black Panther, Roma, others bag Oscar nominations - Premium Times

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Blue Origin to make 10th flight test of space tourist rocket - Yahoo

Boeing successfully completes test flight of air taxi prototype - Yahoo

British 'spy' accused of receiving USB stick with 'state secrets,' lawyer says - Yahoo

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Buhari, APC promoting poverty in Nigeria ' Atiku - New Telegraph

Business opportunities for Adire in Nigeria are huge 'Ewa-Aladire - Tribune

Can Nyako Upstage Bindow In Adamawa - Leadership

Car bomb kills one, injures 14 in Syria: state media - Yahoo

Cardiff City's new signing Sala missing after plane disappears over English Channel - Premium Times

Catholic student says he didn't disrespect Native American - Yahoo

China blasts US 'bullying' with Huawei CFO extradition bid - Yahoo

China Demands the U.S. Drop Extradition Efforts for Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou - Yahoo

China's Baidu pledges to improve search service after complaint - Yahoo

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