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March 22, 2017, 8:40 PM

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TechCrunch:
Google Maps adds feature that lets users share their location with friends and family on an ongoing basis or for a specified period of time  —  Google Maps has today launched a new feature to allow you to share your location with others.  While that might seem creepy, it's not the first to add this type of functionality.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google updates Allo with file sharing, Photos with low connectivity features, and Duo with audio calling, rolling out first to users in Brazil  —  At an event in São Paulo, Brazil today, Google announced a slew of updates to its various apps.  On top of implementing location sharing in Google Maps …
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Despite Google's assurances, AT&T, Verizon, others pull ads from Google and YouTube over concerns ads could appear next to content promoting terrorism and hate  —  SAN FRANCISCO — AT&T says it's pulling its business from Google and YouTube despite the Internet giant's pledge this week …
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Nintendo says a now-fixed “manufacturing variation” was to blame for Joy-Con controller issues  —  If you, like me and several other Kotaku staff, have run into a consistent left Switch JoyCon signal issue, don't worry: Nintendo says it's not in fact a hardware problem, but a “manufacturing variation.”
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Medium launches memberships for $5/month, directing early revenue to writers, eventually giving access to exclusive stories and an offline reading list  —  You don't really get anything yet  —  Medium has just launched its subscription service, which for $5 per month will give subscribers access to... something, eventually.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Instagram to let users book appointments with businesses, may eventually add more tools like reviews; feature set to roll out in next couple of months  —  New feature will give advertisers a direct way to measure the power of Facebook's photo-sharing app  —  Instagram, the photo-sharing …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
LinkedIn introduces trending topics section curated by human editors, rolling out Wednesday to US users on mobile and desktop  —  LinkedIn pulls a Facebook.  —  LinkedIn is known for helping people find their next job, but now it wants to help people find their news, too.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Universe, a mobile-only website builder, launches an iOS app and announces $3.2M in funding led by Box Group  —  The business of platforms for developing websites and publishing online is a crowded one, with established players like WordPress, Wix, Zoho, Weebly, Duda Mobile and Squarespace competing …
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Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
Nintendo releases Super Mario Run for Android, available now as a free download for first three levels, but full game will cost $10  —  Nintendo has unleashed its first mobile Mario game on Android.  —  After months of waiting, folks who choose an Android lifestyle over Apple can finally enjoy …
Andrew Ng / Medium:
Google Brain founder and Baidu's chief scientist Andrew Ng resigns from Baidu  —  I will be resigning from Baidu, where I have been leading the company's AI Group.  Baidu's AI is incredibly strong, and the team is stacked up and down with talent; I am confident AI at Baidu will continue to flourish.
Sarah Kessler / Quartz:
As IBM continues its drive to bring remote workers back into offices, some employees theorize that the company is using “co-location” as a downsizing effort  —  Less than a year into her tenure as IBM's chief marketing officer, Michelle Peluso prepared to make an announcement …

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