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March 18, 2017, 2:45 PM

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Joe Mayes / Bloomberg:
UK govt, Guardian, Sainsbury's, 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 …
Natt Garun / The Verge:
EU tells Facebook, Twitter, and Google to update their ToS and gives companies one month to propose measures to better protect consumers from scams  —  Navigating your way around the internet may seem intuitive if you've grown up with access to it most of your life — but for those who are just beginning …
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 …
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.
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.
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.

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