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March 21, 2017, 6:40 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google releases Android O to developers, touting better battery life through improved background app management and more organized notifications with “channels”  —  Developers can start work on it today  —  For the second year in a row, Google is making a developer preview …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple announces new 9.7-inch iPad with A9 chip to replace iPad Air 2, starting at $329 for 32GB and $429 for 128GB, available to order on March 24  —  Apple today announced it is launching a new 9.7-inch iPad equipped with an A9 chip and a brighter Retina display to replace the iPad Air 2, which has been discontinued.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple debuts special-edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7, 7 Plus, available in 128GB and 256GB models, starting at $749; iPhone SE storage doubled to 32GB and 128GB  —  Apple today has taken the wraps off of a new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.  The device was unveiled alongside a new iPad and a new social video editing app.
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Tumult at Uber, including the departure of president Jeff Jones, has complicated the COO search; source says Tim Armstrong and ex-Walt Disney COO in contention  —  Jeff Jones, who resigned as president, clashed with the CEO and unsuccessfully advocated for in-app tipping and other changes.  —  by
Blaise Zerega / VentureBeat:
Uber board member Arianna Huffington, head of N. America operations Rachel Holt, and HR officer Liane Hornsey take questions on sexual harassment investigation  —  Uber today provided an update on its investigation into alleged sexual harassment and discriminatory practices at the company.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Outlook, Skype, Xbox issues resolved, but OneDrive still experiencing problems after Microsoft services hit by account authentication issue earlier today  —  Two weeks ago, a widespread authentication issue prevented a number of Microsoft users from accessing their cloud services.
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Apple announces free social video editing app Clips, letting users add filters, basic text, emojis, and more, available on iOS in April  —  Social video without the social network  —  Apple wants in on social video sharing — just not with its own social network.
BBC:
Following US ban, UK announces cabin baggage ban on electronics, which includes laptops, tablets, and phones over a certain size, for flights from six countries  —  The UK is due to announce a ban on laptops and other electronic devices on certain passenger flights, following a similar move by the US.
Jon Ostrower / CNNMoney:
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
After UK backlash, Google updates ad policies to give more control over ad placement, creates new brand safety tools, and expands hate speech definitions  —  After U.K. criticism, company creates new brand safety tools  —  Google also adds refugees to class protected from hate speech
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter debuts Periscope Producer API in private beta, letting publishers stream from more devices and services  —  Confirming earlier reports by The Information andhere at TechCrunch, Twitter officially announced the launch of a new tool for live video aimed at larger media publishers and broadcasters.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
ARM unveils DynamIQ multicore chip designs for faster AI and cloud computing, enabling flexible multicore processing  —  Chip design firm ARM has unveiled its Dynamiq technology to make better multicore processors that can handle artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and new kinds of devices.

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