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March 11, 2016, 1:30 PM

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Fortune:
Source: General Motors will pay more than $1B for Cruise Automation, which raised just over $18M from investors including Spark and YC  —  GM Buying Self-Driving Tech Startup for More Than $1 Billion  —  General Motors GM this morning announced that it will acquire Cruise Automation …
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
GM buys self-driving car kit startup Cruise, plans to use tech to make driverless cars  —  General Motors (GM)announced today it plans to snap up Cruise Automation, a San Francisco-based startup making sensors that turn regular vehicles into ones that can drive themselves, for an undisclosed sum.
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
In new filing, DOJ accuses Apple of raising tech barriers that prevent execution of warrant; Apple calls DOJ “desperate”, plans to reply by March 15  —  DOJ: Apple ‘deliberately’ made hurdles to FBI probe  —  The Justice Department on Thursday filed its latest response to Apple …
Alex Hern / Guardian:
DOJ says it could make Apple turn over iOS source code and signature if it doesn't cooperate with court order, citing Lavabit case as precedent  —  FBI ‘could force Apple to hand over private key’  —  A legal filing implies that Department of Justice has a plan B, which involves demanding the company's electronic signature
Syed Zain Al-Mahmood / Wall Street Journal:
Hackers tried to steal nearly $1B from Bangladesh's central bank, got away with $81M  —  Bangladesh Central Bank Found $100 Million Missing After a Weekend Break  —  Interviews with Bangladeshi officials depict a cyberheist spanning at least four countries
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Yahoo announces plans to kill off Games, Livetext, Boss, and more regional sites  —  If you can't sell them, kill them.  —  Yahoo today announced its Q1 2016 progress report, highlighting the closure of several products and regional sites.  As shared in its last earnings call …
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Business Insider:
Sources: Slack is raising $200M at a nearly $4B valuation led by Thrive Capital  —  Slack, a 2-year-old messaging platform, is raising $200 million at nearly a $4 billion valuation led by Thrive Capital  —  Slack, the startup Silicon Valley can't get enough of, is all but done with a fresh new round of financing.
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
AMD XConnect provides driver-level support for external Thunderbolt 3 graphics cards, starting with the Razer Core  —  More on AMD's XConnect Tech: Thunderbolt 3 for External Radeons  —  Last night AMD issued a driver update that brought support for a new technology, XConnect.
Danny Palmer / ZDNet:
Verisign: The number of DDoS attacks increased 85% in Q4 2015, compared to Q4 a year ago  —  DDoS attacks: Getting bigger and more dangerous all the time  —  Number of recorded DDoS attacks has almost doubled in a year, warns report.  —  Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) …
Mellisa Tolentino / SiliconANGLE:
New Amazon Alexa Voice Search skill allows you to pay Capital One credit card bill from pre-linked account, check balance, review recent transactions, more  —  Ask Amazon Alexa to pay your bills, with new Capital One app |  #SXSW  —  Amazon Echo is on a roll.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Hewlett Packard Enterprise launches Haven OnDemand, the cloud version of its big data analytics software, on Azure  —  HPE launches machine-learning-as-a-service on Microsoft Azure  —  HPE Haven OnDemand provides application programming interfaces as well as services for enterprise software.

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