Michelle Cheng / Quartz:
Uber Eats head Jason Droege steps down and is replaced by VP Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty as the company exits some markets amid growing competition — Jason Droege, the head of Uber´s food-delivery business Uber Eats, will be leaving the company. — In a Feb. 25 regulatory filing …
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Square beats Q4 expectations with revenue of $1.31B, up 41% YoY, says its Cash App has 24M MAUs, up 60% YoY, with a profit of $144M; stock up ~8% after hours — The company reported its fourth quarter financial results on Wednesday. — Square reported its fourth quarter financial results on Wednesday.
Samantha Cole / VICE:
Two programmer-musicians algorithmically generated every possible MIDI melody in one octave and openly licensed them to help others in future copyright suits — Two programmer-musicians wrote every possible MIDI melody in existence to a hard drive, copyrighted the whole thing …
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
US DOD has adopted a series of ethical principles for the use of AI, says recommendations came after 15 months of consultation with “leading AI experts” — The U.S. military has adopted new ethics guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence in its futuristic robot tanks …
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Facebook says it will now ban ads that promise to cure or prevent COVID-19, or attempt to “create a sense of urgency” about it — - It is banning ads that mentioned it if they attempt to “create a sense of urgency” around the virus or promise to cure it.
Ex-Apple employees and supply chain experts say preparation for new iPhone production, which usually starts early in the year, may be delayed due to COVID-19 — SAN FRANCISCO/TAIPEI (Reuters) - Travel restrictions to China because of the coronavirus have come just as Apple Inc´s (AAPL.O) …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says a planned server update gone awry caused Nest cameras to go down for over 16 hours — Google Nest is facing an outage this afternoon that sees “camera connectivity impacted.” At the moment, “Nest Cam Live Video” and “Video History” are down, though all other smart home services are operational.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Ripcord, which is developing robots that can digitize paper records, raises $45M Series B2, bringing its total raised to $120M+ — Staff at a California school district reportedly spent 20% of their time searching for lost documents until they retained the services of a records management company.
Gabe Bullard / Nieman Reports:
A look at the rise of narrated articles across publications, with many partnering with apps like Audm, Curio, and Noa to produce and distribute them — How Harvard Business Review, The New Yorker, and The Economist use audio to boost reach and retention — In spring 2016 …
David Gilbert / VICE:
As China ramps up efforts to control the narrative around the coronavirus outbreak, it is leveraging platforms like WeChat and Twitter to track down critics — Joshua Left, a 28-year-old entrepreneur who runs a self-driving car startup in Wuhan, China, arrived in San Francisco in mid-January for a vacation …