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February 23, 2017, 9:35 PM

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Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
Alphabet's Waymo sues Otto and parent company Uber for trade secret theft, unfair competition, and patent infringement, claiming Otto founder took LiDAR designs  —  The Alphabet subsidiary is accusing its former employee, Otto co-founder Anthony Levandowski, of downloading 14,000 confidential files before he left the company.
Mitch & Freada Kapor:
Early Uber investors Mitch and Freada Kapor speak out after private appeals reached a “dead end”, say current Uber investigation team is too conflicted  —  By now a staggering number of people recognize the name of Susan Fowler and have read some account of her experiences of sexism …
Google Online Security Blog:
Google unveils “practical” SHA-1 collision using nine quintillion computations, releases two different PDFs with identical hashes, urges sunsetting of protocol  —  Cryptographic hash functions like SHA-1 are a cryptographer's swiss army knife.  You'll find that hashes play a role …
Shelly Hagan / Bloomberg:
Tech giants including Alphabet, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Yahoo criticize Trump's reversal of protections for transgender students  —  Companies from Apple to Lyft have issued statements following the administration's announcement on Wednesday.  —  by
Jillian Stampher / GeekWire:
Google.org donates $11.5M to 10 orgs focused on racial equality in justice system, including $5M to Center for Policing Equity that tracks police behavior  —  Google has committed $11.5 million in grants to organizations working to reduce racial inequalities in the criminal justice system …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook begins testing ad breaks in partner videos, sharing 55% of ad revenue; Live videos from Pages with 2K+ followers will get an ad break option  —  Many publishers have trouble making money off Facebook videos — this could change that.  —  Facebook is ready to make money from all the videos …
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:
Amazon fights against search warrant for Echo recordings in murder trial, argues Alexa commands and responses have First Amendment rights  —  Amazon is sticking to its guns in the fight to protect customer data.  The tech titan has filed a motion to quash the search warrant for recordings …
Alan Ni / Google:
Google updates Gboard for iPhone with support for voice typing, 15 new languages, Google Doodles, and iOS 10 emoji  —  In May 2016, you first met Gboard, our app that let you search and send information, GIFs, emoji and more, right from your keyboard.  In July, Gboard went global.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify expands its push into original content with three new podcast series on music and pop culture, with more originals to be announced later this year  —  Spotify is expanding its podcast selection today, with the announcement that it's adding three new original podcast series on its service …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Google's Jigsaw unveils Perspective, an AI-powered tool for publishers to weed out abusive comments, available as an API for free  —  A research team tied to Google unveiled a new tool on Thursday that could have a profound effect on how we talk to each other online.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
FCC votes to lift transparency requirements, such as disclosing network performance and data caps, for ISPs with under 250K subscribers  —  The newly Republican-controlled FCC took its first steps to scale back net neutrality today by voting to lift transparency requirements from smaller internet providers.

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