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March 23, 2017, 6:10 PM

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Hamza Shaban / BuzzFeed:
Senate votes 50-48 to repeal Obama-era regulations requiring that ISPs ask before sharing customer data  —  The Senate voted Thursday to make it easier for internet service providers to share sensitive information about their customers, a first step in overturning landmark privacy rules …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolling out emoji reactions including a thumbs-down button and mention alerts in Messenger  —  Group chat will get a bit less chaotic with the global rollout of two Facebook Messenger features it was previously testing in Vietnam.  —  Users can now @mention friends in a group chat …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
WikiLeaks releases mostly decade-old documents detailing CIA techniques for compromising Macs and iOS devices using EFI, UEFI, and firmware malware  —  Earlier this month, when WikiLeaks dumped a cache of hundreds of secret documents allegedly detailing the CIA's hacking operations …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces patent licensing program for connected cars, with navigation, entertainment, and voice recognition features, signs first deal with Toyota  —  Microsoft is making a fresh attempt to convince companies to use its technology for connected cars.
TechCrunch:
Sources: Amazon has finalized a deal to acquire Middle Eastern rival Souq.com for $650M, below its $1B valuation from February 2016  —  Amazon continues its march across the globe, and one of its newest targets is the Middle East.  According to multiple reports that we have confirmed with our own sources …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Instagram says it will start blurring “Sensitive Content” that doesn't merit removal and opens two-factor authentication to all  —  Instagram is already doing a lot to spot and censor posts that violate its community guidelines, like outright porn, but now it's also taking steps …
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Kate Conger / TechCrunch:
Android 2016 security report: 50% of devices in use at the end of 2016 had not received a platform security update in one year  —  Google has spent the past year working with third-party manufacturers and phone carriers to improve its update system for Android, which is often criticized …

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