Kris Holt / Engadget:
Uber pilots booking rides with a phone call, not via the app, in Arizona, by dialing 1-833-USE-UBER and talking to a human operator — Uber is piloting a different way to order one of its cars beyond its apps or voice assistants, and it´s one you might be familiar with if you ever had to order a cab before 2009 or so.
Kyle Wilson / VICE:
A bot called Lsjbot is responsible for 24M out of 29.5M edits and 99.2% of articles for Wikipedia Cebuano edition; all but 5 of the top 35 editors are also bots — Kyle Wilson is an administrator on the English Wikipedia and a global user renamer . He does not receive payment …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Snapchat is testing new redesign with navigation bar, more accessible Snap Map, and a new top news section; comes 3 years after last redesign was widely panned — A new home for the Snap Map and its original shows — plus a new test of news briefs — Snap is working on two significant tests …
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Cisco meets Q2 expectations with revenue of $12B, non-GAAP net income of $3.3B, flat YoY, stock down 4%+ after hours — - Cisco beat expectations on the top and bottom lines for last quarter. — Cisco shares are up just 5% in the past year, way below the 22% for the S&P 500.
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
Consumer advocacy group DoNotPay launches Robo Revenge, an app that fights robocallers by giving them burner credit card info and then helping users sue them — DoNotPay, the family of consumer advocacy services meant to protect people from corporate exploitation, is launching a new app aimed …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Profile of DOJ antitrust chief Makan Delrahim who has been privately telling people to expect a criminal antitrust case in Silicon Valley in the next few months — As Hollywood scales up to battle big tech, Makan Delrahim, the nation´s top antitrust regulator (and a former movie producer) …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
UK government announces Ofcom will be put in charge of regulating the internet, with a range of powers intended to protect users from “harmful content” online — Ministers unveil plans to block harmful content, while guaranteeing free speech — Ofcom will be put in charge …
Andrew Morse / CNET:
Flipboard launches Flipboard TV, an in-app feature that offers professional short-form video, for $2.99/mo; will be a Galaxy S20 exclusive for first 3 months — Flipboard , the popular news aggregator app, is introducing a new subscription video service. Called Flipboard TV …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Samsung announces the 6.2" Galaxy S20, 6.7" Galaxy S20 Plus, and 6.9" Galaxy S20 Ultra, with starting prices ranging from $1,000 to $1,600, coming March 6 — Samsung has announced its latest flagship phones: the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Impala, a startup looking to update legacy hotel management systems with a modern API, raises $20M Series B led by Lakestar with Latitude Ventures participating — Impala has raised another round of funding just a few months after raising an $11 million Series A round.