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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 WordPress.com's parent Automattic to release an Instant Article WordPress plugin.
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 …
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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