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March 7, 2016, 8:55 AM

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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
First known ransomware for Mac users arrives via infected Transmission BitTorrent client; Apple revokes developer certificate that enabled infected installs  —  Apple users targeted in first known Mac ransomware campaign  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) customers were targeted by hackers over the weekend …
Craig Federighi / Washington Post:
Apple SVP Craig Federighi: FBI wants to roll back safeguards that serve as a “critical line of defense against criminals”  —  Apple VP: The FBI wants to roll back safeguards that keep us a step ahead of criminals  —  Craig Federighi is senior vice president of software engineering at Apple.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Ray Tomlinson, inventor of email, dies at 74 from suspected heart attack  —  Email pioneer Ray Tomlinson dead at 74  —  Email pioneer Ray Tomlinson.  —  Raymond Tomlinson, the godfather of email, died Saturday morning of a suspected heart attack.  He was 74.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Uber, responding to customer service leak, says it received five rape claims and fewer than 170 sexual assault claims from December 2012 to August 2015  —  Internal Data Offers Glimpse At Uber Sex Assault Complaints  —  BuzzFeed News obtains internal data on rapes and sexual assaults lodged …
Matt Levine / BloombergView.com:
How mutual funds value unicorns they invest in and what the recent write-downs mean  —  Unicorns Aren't So Beloved Anymore  —  The way a bubble works is, people get enthusiastic about a thing, so they buy a lot of it, and its price goes up.  Then people realize the price is too high …
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Reuters:
Sources: Commerce Department to place export restrictions on ZTE due to Iran sanctions violations, making it difficult for the firm to buy products from US  —  U.S. Commerce Department to place restrictions on China's ZTE  —  The U.S. Commerce Department is set to place export restrictions …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Mozilla tests the waters for Firefox OS IoT apps, including a Samantha-style virtual assistant  —  Back in December, Mozilla called it a day with its failed Firefox OS for mobile business, and said it would pivot the technology into a new Internet of Things strategy.
Yaqiu Wang / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Anonymous former Weibo censor discusses off limit topics, sensitive words, and methodology  —  Read and delete: How Weibo's censors tackle dissent and free speech  —  The Chinese microblogging site Weibo has a huge following, with around 100 million users posting every day.
Adam Pasick / Quartz:
Spotify's new Fresh Finds playlists leverage hundreds of music blogs and review sites it crawls and its own early adopter users  —  Spotify is using 50,000 anonymous hipsters to find your next favorite song  —  Spotify's personalized Discover Weekly playlist has won millions of fans …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Delivery Hero to exit China amid huge competition; 400 jobs affected  —  Berlin-based Delivery Hero has built up a large network of online food ordering and delivery operations globally that was valued at over $3 billion as of its last fundraise, but it has now decided to call it quits in one of the biggest markets in the world.

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