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March 5, 2017, 10:30 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.
Adrianne Jeffries / The Outline:
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?
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook testing emoji reactions, including a thumbs-down button, on messages in Messenger  —  Facebook finally has a Dislike button, but it's not where you'd expect.  —  How do you reply to a specific message in a rapid-fire chat thread?  Facebook wants you to attach emojis …
CNET:
MWC 2017 recap: retro phones, no Samsung handsets, 5G hype, shrinking bezels, and less VR gear  —  Retro phones, shrinking bezels, 5G on deck and Samsung's no-show: That was the Mobile World Congress that was.  —  Autoplay: ON Autoplay: OFF  —  That's a wrap for another Mobile World Congress.
Heather Somerville / Reuters:
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 …
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 …

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