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March 20, 2017, 5:20 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources shed light on Apple's augmented reality team, which is working on several products including AR glasses and AR camera features for the iPhone  —  CEO Tim Cook is betting on augmented reality, a cousin of VR that he believes will keep his company on top and may even supplant the iPhone.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Adding to recent departures, Uber vice president of maps and business platform, Brian McClendon, plans to leave amicably on March 28  —  The number of executive departures from Uber is growing.  —  Jeff Jones, Uber's president of ride sharing, has left the company after just six months, Uber said on Sunday.
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
At least 318 Cisco switch products are vulnerable to flaw that was found upon examination of WikiLeaks' Vault 7 files; no patch is currently available  —  Bug relies on telnet protocol used by hardware on internal networks.  —  Cisco Systems said that more than 300 models of switches …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: SoftBank has scrapped a planned $100M investment in Andy Rubin's Essential Products smartphone startup, which would have valued it at $1B  —  Masayoshi Son's decision to scrap deal with creator of Android software reflects unpredictable style  —  SoftBank Group Corp. scrapped …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Samsung unveils its context-aware ‘Bixby’ AI assistant ahead of Galaxy S8 launch  —  We're barely a week away from the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and among the phone's unique hardware features, Samsung is also looking to introduce some new software tricks, spearheaded by the Bixby AI assistant.
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Bloomberg:
Vodafone's India unit and Idea Cellular to merge, creating the largest carrier in the country, valued at about $23B with nearly 400M customers  —  Enlarged company has valuation of about $23.2 billion  —  Idea shares fall after initially surging in Mumbai trading

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