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March 11, 2017, 10:30 AM

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Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Waymo asks court to block Uber from operating autonomous vehicles, adds Levandowski's former colleague's testimony to support allegations of trade secrets theft  —  The case of the stolen self-driving car is heating up  —  Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving spinoff from Google …
Dan Primack / Axios:
SEC rejects the request to list Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust ETF on BATS stock exchange  —  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today decided not to mainstream bitcoin, by ruling that it will not permit the public listing of an ETF (exchange traded fund) that would have effectively allowed people …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google's new invisible reCAPTCHAs automatically distinguish humans from bots, don't need to use a checkbox  —  Google says it can separate man from machine without any tricky tests or checkboxes.  —  Google's reCAPTCHA is the leading CAPTCHA service (that's “Completely Automated Public Turing test …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Verizon Wireless expands data cap exemptions to FiOS Mobile App after new FCC chair drops net neutrality probe into the company  —  With net neutrality worries gone, FiOS TV goes “data-free” on Verizon Wireless.  —  Just a few weeks after escaping a net neutrality investigation into data cap exemptions …
Melissa Repko / Dallas Morning News:
Oculus CTO John Carmack files lawsuit against former employer, ZeniMax Media, claiming it owes him a $22.5M+ final installment after id Software sale  —  A Dallas video-game developer whose company was bought by Facebook has filed a federal lawsuit against his former employer …
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Twitch rebrands Curse as Twitch Desktop App, adds social features from the main service, available in open beta on March 16  —  The Curse app is being rebranded with some new features  —  Game streaming platform Twitch is getting a desktop app very soon.  The new app is actually a rebrand …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers find ephemeral messaging app Confide doesn't provide true end-to-end encryption  —  Confidential messenger service provides no authentication or integrity assurances.  —  A pair of damning advisories independently published Wednesday raise serious questions about the security assurances …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: SoundCloud has been trying to raise $100M since last summer, without success  —  In 2014, the streaming music service thought it was worth $700 million.  It could sell for much less.  —  SoundCloud needs more money, or it needs a buyer.  —  Sources say the streaming music service …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Pinterest opens up beta of its Lens visual search tool to all Android and iOS users in US  —  Pinterest is today launching its new Lens visual search tool to everyone on iOS and Android in the U.S.  —  First unveiled last June, the new Lens feature lets users snap a photo with their mobile camera …
Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:
WikiLeaks' CIA document cache, which focuses on compromising devices and not apps, underscores the strength of Signal's and WhatsApp's encryption  —  On Tuesday morning, WikiLeaks released an enormous cache of documents that it claimed detailed “C.I.A. hacking tools.”

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