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March 15, 2017, 4:35 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 “protected, directed, facilitated, and paid” hackers to break into Yahoo's systems in 2014 …
Pete Pachal / Mashable:
Google debuts Family Link in limited beta for Android, letting parents supervise web access, Gmail account creation, app downloading, more for kids under 13  —  Google has its eye on your kids.  —  The tech giant is opening up its many online services to kids under 13 with a new tool called Family Link …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Behind Genius' shift from web annotations to becoming a video-focused media company, after laying off a quarter of its staff last month  —  Genius, which raised $56.9 million on the promise that it would one day annotate the entire internet, has been losing its minds.
Jeremy Kahn / Bloomberg:
DeepMind researchers detail algorithm for training neural nets on multiple sequential 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
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
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
GitLab acquires Gitter, which develops chat rooms for code repositories, with plans to open source the code  —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  GitLab, a startup that provides open source and premium source code repository software that people use to collaborate on software, is announcing today that it has acquired Gitter …
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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 …

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