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March 14, 2017, 8:25 AM

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Kate Conger / TechCrunch:
Under pressure from ACLU, Facebook updates its platform policies to explicitly prohibit devs from using Facebook or Instagram data in surveillance tools  —  In response to pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, Color of Change and the Center for Media Justice …
Allegra Frank / Polygon:
PlayStation Now's streaming library to expand with PlayStation 4 games this year, with a private beta rolling out in coming weeks to existing PS Now subscribers  —  PlayStation Now, Sony's game-streaming service for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, will finally receive some more current games later this year.
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Pandora debuts premium on-demand music streaming service for $10 per month; invites will start rolling out to existing users March 15  —  Just over 15 months after Pandora acquired key assets from Rdio, and three months after it announced its plans, the company is ready to launch its full-fledged …
Austen Hufford / Wall Street Journal:
Intel to buy Mobileye, maker of chip-based camera systems for semi-automated driving, for $15.3B at $63.54 a share, a 34% premium to its Friday closing price  —  Deal marks latest investment by a technology company in the future of self-driving cars  —  Intel Corp. on Monday said it struck …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Marissa Mayer to get $23M severance package; Thomas McInerney, former CFO of Barry Diller's IAC, to take over as CEO of Altaba following Verizon deal close  —  Marissa Mayer, who is set to lose her job as Yahoo CEO following the closing of the Verizon acquisition of the internet company's operating businesses …
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Okta files for IPO, looking to raise $100M, and discloses fiscal 2016 loss of $76.3M, up from $59.1M in 2015  —  Okta, a provider of cloud-based tools for business to manage employee access of software and devices, has filed for a $100 million IPO.  —  Offering details: The San Francisco …
Andrew Liptak / The Verge:
Google's Area 120 startup incubator debuts Uptime, a group video messaging app for iOS, currently invite only, that lets you watch and share videos with friends  —  Experiments!  —  Last year, Google opened a startup incubator called Area 120, which was designed to let employees us …
Matt Peckham / TIME:
Amid reports of Joy-Con sync issues and other problems, Nintendo says Switch has had “no widespread technical problems” since launch  —  Nintendo's new transformable game tablet, the Switch, has been in the wild for nearly a week (the hybrid TV/handheld launched on March 3 for $299).

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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
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