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March 18, 2017, 2:05 AM

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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’
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Minnesota judge orders Google to divulge information on anybody who searched for variations of financial fraud victim's name  —  Order seeks data for “any/all user or subscriber information” related to the searches.  —  Police in a small suburban town of 50,000 people just outside Minneapolis …
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 …
Dan Primack / Axios:
As MuleSoft closes up 45%+ on its first day of trading, valued at about $3B+, CEO Greg Schott talks about IPO timing, potential acquisitions, more  —  MuleSoft, a San Francisco-based SaaS integration company, last night priced the year's first big enterprise software IPO, raising $221 million.
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.
Mike Wuerthele / AppleInsider:
Chance the Rapper says Apple paid him $500K “plus a commercial” to exclusively stream his album Coloring Book on Apple Music for two weeks  —  After some criticism about the artist's integrity and independence, Chance the Rapper made a series of tweets and revealed …
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 …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Sources: WikiLeaks asks tech firms to agree to conditions before receiving details of CIA zero-days  —  Last week, WikiLeaks promised it would share the technical details and code of the hacking tools that the CIA has allegedly developed against Google, Apple, Microsoft and other tech companies.
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