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March 10, 2017, 5:20 PM

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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 …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Alphabet's Waymo is asking a federal judge to block Uber from operating autonomous vehicles in a new court filing  —  The case of the stolen self-driving car is heating up  —  Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving spinoff from Google, is formally asking a judge to block Uber from operating …
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 …
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.”
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Streaming media software maker Plex opens Plex Cloud service to all Plex Pass subscribers  —  After a couple of stops and starts — and some concerns — media player software maker Plex is opening its online service known as Plex Cloud to all paying Plex users.
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 …
Dan Primack / Axios:
DraftKings announces new round; sources say DraftKings raised $100M, and FanDuel is raising too as companies await merger approval  —  Fantasy sports site DraftKings yesterday announced that it has closed an undisclosed amount of Series E-1 funding led by Eldridge Industries, a group led by LA Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly.
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 …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Google's Firebase adds support for Google Cloud Functions and gets closer integration with Google Cloud Storage  —  At its Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco today, Google is announcing updates to its Firebase portfolio of mobile-oriented cloud services.

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