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March 21, 2017, 8:30 AM

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Jon Ostrower / CNNMoney:
US bans electronic devices larger than cellphones from cabins on flights from certain Middle Eastern countries and Africa to US  —  Airlines that fly from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa to the U.S. must require passengers to check in almost all electronic devices rather …
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.
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Google updates ad policies giving more control over ad placement after UK backlash, creates new brand safety tools, and expands hate speech definitions  —  After U.K. criticism, company creates new brand safety tools  —  Google also adds refugees to class protected from hate speech
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Maps for Android now lets you record your parking location, time left at the meter  —  Google Maps has just added a handy feature that will help users remember where they parked.  This appears as a new menu option when you tap the blue dot, and will place a “P” icon on the map so you can find your way back to your spot.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Adobe launches Experience Cloud for enterprises, and unveils Advertising Cloud to help companies manage ads across search, social, mobile, and TV  —  Adobe is betting its marketing and analytics knowhow will apply to a broader part of the enterprise.  Adobe will now compete more directly with Salesforce, Oracle, IBM and others.
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.
TechCrunch:
The 52 startups that launched at Y Combinator Winter 2017 Demo Day 1  —  Josh Constine, Ryan Lawler and Sarah Buhr  —  Today was Y Combinator's 24th Demo Day, where the accelerator shows off its fresh companies to investors.  International, AI, and hardware products were the emergent themes of the 52 companies that launched.
Tweets: @jennmchoi and @joshconstineThanks:@ravichandrans25
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 …
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Video ad tech firm Teads to be acquired by Dutch telco Altice for $307 million  —  France-based video ad tech startup Teads has been snapped up by Dutch telecommunications company Altice, several sources told Business Insider.  —  Shortly after this article was first published, Altice confirmed the acquisition in a press release.

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