March 7, 2016, 1:30 PM

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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.
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Apple loses Supreme Court appeal in ebook price-fixing case, must pay $450M  —  Apple Rejected by U.S. Supreme Court in $450 Million E-Book Case  —  Apple Inc. must pay $450 million to end an antitrust suit after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to question a finding that the company orchestrated …
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 …
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.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Facebook announces a WordPress plugin that lets publishers easily create Instant Articles  —  As Facebook prepares to roll out Instant Articles to all publishers next month, the company said Monday that it's partnering with's parent Automattic to release an Instant Article WordPress plugin.
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 …
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Sources: Andreessen Horowitz discussing a new $1.5B fund with investors, nearly two years after closing its earlier $1.5B fund  —  Andreessen Horowitz talking with investors about a new, $1.5 billion fund  —  The Sand Hill Road venture firm Andreessen Horowitz is in the thick of fundraising …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Verizon Wireless will pay $1.35M fine to settle US privacy probe for not disclosing its use of “supercookies” to users between 2012 and 2014  —  Verizon Wireless will pay $1.35 million fine to settle U.S. privacy probe  —  Verizon Communications Inc will pay a $1.35 million fine …
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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.

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