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March 4, 2017, 11:45 PM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources: Uber has a program to identify enforcement officers and stealthily prevent them from successfully hailing cars, to help drivers avoid sanctions  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Uber has for years engaged in a worldwide program to deceive authorities in markets where its low-cost ride-hailing service …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Uber VP of product and growth Ed Baker has resigned after 3+ years; an anonymous email to Arianna Huffington and reporters included complaint about his conduct  —  His departure is tinged by allegations made about him to those investigating the ride-hailing company's loose culture.
San Francisco Chronicle:
USCIS says it's temporarily suspending expedited processing of H-1B visas, an option often used by tech companies, for up to six months, beginning April 3  —  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will temporarily suspend expedited processing for all H-1B petitions starting April 3, according to the agency's website.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
As Facebook begins adding “disputed” labels, a look at how Facebook took a full week to label one made-up story from a fake news site as “disputed”  —  Coming to your feed: A “disputed” label for bogus stories  —  That bogus story about Donald Trump your uncle posted on Facebook?
New York Times:
Sources and public records shed light on Pentagon program developing cyberweapons to sabotage North Korean missiles before they lift off  —  WASHINGTON — Three years ago, President Barack Obama ordered Pentagon officials to step up their cyber and electronic strikes against North Korea's missile program …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Appeals court invalidates Smartflash patents that Apple was ordered to pay $533M for infringing  —  Massive verdict would have been largest ever for a non-practicing entity.  —  It looked like Smartflash LLC had Apple right where it wanted it after a jury awarded the patent-holding company $533 million …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Researchers uncover PowerShell Trojan that uses DNS queries to get its orders  —  Delivered by “secure” Word doc, pure PowerShell malware fetches commands from DNS TXT records.  —  Researchers at Cisco's Talos threat research group are publishing research today on a targeted attack delivered …
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Sources: Amazon is testing Alexa-powered devices that can make phone calls and act as intercoms, may launch new devices this year  —  Alexa is popular, but daily usage is key.  —  Amazon plans to unveil one or more new Alexa-powered devices this year that will allow people to initiate phone calls by voice …
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Apple's share of mobile devices shipped to schools has been surpassed by Microsoft and Google in recent years, as cheap Chromebooks and Windows laptops take off  —  Apple is losing its grip on American classrooms, which technology companies have long used to hook students on their brands for life.
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
JetSmarter, the “Uber for private jets”, wanted to charge a Verge reporter $2K if they didn't publish a positive story about their flight after service demo  —  We've seen plenty of aggressive requests from companies that want positive coverage, but perhaps none as absurd …
Heather Somerville / Reuters:
Snap joins other recent big exits for Lightspeed, which include Nutanix and AppDynamics; Lightspeed also invested early in MuleSoft, The Honest Company, Affirm  —  A decade ago, Lightspeed Venture Partners was an obscure firm investing in highly technical startups that were mostly unknown outside of Silicon Valley.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / CNBC:
NBCUniversal invested $500M in Snap IPO as part of a strategic investment and partnership, making it the only US media company with a stake  —  NBCUniversal, a unit of Comcast and parent of CNBC, invested $500 million in Snap during its IPO as part of a strategic investment and partnership, according to sources.

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