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March 24, 2017, 8:40 AM

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Hamza Shaban / BuzzFeed:
Senate votes 50-48 to repeal Obama-era regulations requiring that ISPs ask before sharing customer data  —  The Senate voted Thursday to make it easier for internet service providers to share sensitive information about their customers, a first step in overturning landmark privacy rules …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter confirms it is considering a paid TweetDeck subscription service with new features including analytics and breaking news alerts for brands and news orgs  —  New analytics inside TweetDeck  —  Twitter is considering offering a paid subscription to power users, including brands and news organizations, The Verge has confirmed.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Tests show 10 of 54 passwords are valid in sample set from hackers claiming to have 250M iCloud records; users should change passwords  —  ZDNet has uncovered several loose ends with a claim regarding millions of iCloud accounts held for ransom, and questions remain.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
WikiLeaks releases mostly decade-old documents detailing CIA techniques for compromising Macs and iOS devices using EFI, UEFI, and firmware malware  —  Earlier this month, when WikiLeaks dumped a cache of hundreds of secret documents allegedly detailing the CIA's hacking operations …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Google partners with Howard University to open a school branch on Google's campus for black engineering students, accepting 740 students over five years  —  Google has partnered with Howard University to launch a school branch right on the company's campus, where undergraduate students …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolling out emoji reactions including a thumbs-down button and mention alerts in Messenger  —  Group chat will get a bit less chaotic with the global rollout of two Facebook Messenger features it was previously testing in Vietnam.  —  Users can now @mention friends in a group chat …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces patent licensing program for connected cars, with navigation, entertainment, and voice recognition features, signs first deal with Toyota  —  Microsoft is making a fresh attempt to convince companies to use its technology for connected cars.
TechCrunch:
Sources: Amazon has finalized a deal to acquire Middle Eastern rival Souq.com for $650M, below its $1B valuation from February 2016  —  Amazon continues its march across the globe, and one of its newest targets is the Middle East.  According to multiple reports that we have confirmed with our own sources …

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