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March 15, 2017, 12:05 PM

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Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Department of Justice indicts three Russians, including two intelligence agency employees, and a Canadian in connection with 2014 Yahoo breach  —  Two members of a Russian intelligence agency have been charged by the US government in connection with the 2014 hacks that compromised …
Jeremy Kahn / Bloomberg:
DeepMind researchers detail algorithm for training neural nets sequentially at multiple tasks, allowing neural nets to retain knowledge while learning new tasks  —  Breakthrough should improve ability to learn sequence of tasks  —  Research may also have implication for study of brain synapses
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple found guilty of price-fixing iPhones in Russia, could be fined up to 15% of Russian sales  —  Last August, Russia opened an investigation into Apple over alleged price-fixing related to the iPhone.  At the time, Apple denied any involvement and said that “retailers set their own prices” for the products.
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Report: US digital ad spend to rise 16% in 2017 to $83B, as ad revenue of Snapchat to rise 158%, Facebook by 32%, Google by 15%, and Twitter to drop by 4.7%  —  Snapchat poised for “explosive growth” but will remain a small piece of the entire digital ad pie, according to eMarketer's forecast
Shona Ghosh / Business Insider:
Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Cisco file amicus brief to help Google in its fight against a court order to hand over emails stored on a foreign server  —  Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Cisco have filed an amicus brief in support of Google, after a Pennsylvania court ruled that the company …
Lauren Zumbach / Chicago Tribune:
Vibrator maker We-Vibe offers to pay $3.75M for tracking users' sexual activity and agrees to stop collecting personal data to settle class action suit  —  A Chicago woman says an app connected to her personal massage device sent private information to the manufacturer.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft adds LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman to its board  —  Microsoft is continuing to bring its LinkedIn integration deeper into the fold with the appointment of its co-founder Reid Hoffman, to the Microsoft board of directors.  —  Microsoft has added LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman to its board of directors.
Nicole Casal Moore / University of Michigan News:
Researchers show how sound waves can exploit accelerometer vulnerabilities in a wide range of tech including IoT, cars, medical devices, and phones  —  ANN ARBOR—Sound waves could be used to hack into critical sensors in a broad array of technologies including smartphones, automobiles …
Alex Spence / BuzzFeed:
Google refuses request from MPs to remove anti-Semitic video that talked of “white genocide”, as exec tells UK committee hate speech guidelines weren't violated  —  Google, Facebook and Twitter were accused of creating ‘platforms for racists’ in a bruising Westminster hearing today.
Liza Mundy / The Atlantic:
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Spotify and Waze integrate to enable navigating with Waze from within Spotify, and to make Spotify playlists accessible from within Waze  —  Drivers use their smartphone for both navigation and music, so why not put the two together?  Waze and Spotify have announced that they've done just that …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Chrome for iOS gets Read Later option that saves articles locally for offline reading  —  We reported last week that Chrome for iOS would soon gain a new Safari Reading List-like feature, and today that feature is officially rolling out.  Google has updated Chrome for iOS to version 57 …
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