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March 17, 2017, 1:55 PM

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Joe Mayes / Bloomberg:
UK govt, Guardian, Sainsbury, others pull ads from YouTube as Times of London investigation finds ads appearing with extremist videos; Google promises changes  —  Guardian newspaper also halts ads, citing ‘hate-filled videos’  —  YouTube owner Google says it's ‘committed to doing better’
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
Internal docs: Uber's 43 self-driving cars drove 20,365 miles last week with human intervention every 0.8 miles and “critical interventions” every 200 miles  —  A first look at Uber's progress.  —  Some of Uber's self-driving cars aren't driving as smoothly as the company hoped they would.
Sebastian Anthony / Ars Technica UK:
Google open-sources new JPEG encoder that reduces file sizes by around 35%, and is compatible with existing browsers, photo editing apps, and the JPEG standard  —  New algorithm is based on human psychovisual system.  Images look better, too.  —  Google has developed and open-sourced …
Brian Deagon / Investor's Business Daily:
MuleSoft up 45%+ on NYSE debut after raising $221M in IPO  —  Tech unicorn MuleSoft (MULE) popped 43% on its first day of trading Friday, drawing more attention to initial public offerings that are increasing after being historically weak since the second half of 2015.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Netflix to replace star ratings with thumbs up and thumbs down in coming weeks after A/B testing showed thumbs got 200% more ratings  —  Get ready to say good-bye to star ratings on Netflix: The company is getting ready to replace stars with Pandora-like thumbs-ups and thumbs-downs in the coming weeks.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft says newest processors, including Intel's Kaby Lake and AMD's Ryzen, will require latest Windows version for support  —  It looks like a policy announced a year ago is going to kick in.  —  A recently published Knowledge Base article suggests that Microsoft is going to block Windows Updates …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
FBI arrests person who allegedly tweeted seizure-inducing strobe at Newsweek's Kurt Eichenwald  —  An arrest has been made three months after someone tweeted a seizure-inducing strobe at writer and Vanity Fair contributing editor Kurt Eichenwald.  The Dallas FBI confirmed the arrest to The Verge today …
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Snapdragon processors rebranded as “Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform”; lower-end Snapdragon 200 series SoCs will now just be “Qualcomm Mobile Platform”  —  While all eyes are on Qualcomm for the impending release of devices containing their high-end Snapdragon 835 SoC …
Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Nintendo to double planned production of Switch consoles from the initial 8M to 16M in the fiscal year starting April 1  —  Company plans to manufacture 16 million or more in year starting April 1, up from an initial plan for eight million  —  TOKYO— Nintendo Co. has decided …

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