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March 23, 2017, 12:45 PM

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple acquires Workflow, an automation tool for iOS, will keep three-person team and make app freely available in the App Store  —  Apple has finalized a deal to acquire Workflow today — a tool that lets you hook together apps and functions within apps in strings of commands to automate tasks.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
WikiLeaks releases mostly decade-old documents detailing CIA techniques for compromising Macs and iOS devices using EFI, UEFI, and firmware malware  —  Earlier this month, when WikiLeaks dumped a cache of hundreds of secret documents allegedly detailing the CIA's hacking operations …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces patent licensing program for connected cars, with navigation, entertainment, and voice recognition features, signs first deal with Toyota  —  Microsoft is making a fresh attempt to convince companies to use its technology for connected cars.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Medium launches memberships for $5/month, directing early revenue to writers, will eventually give 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.
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:
Android 2016 security report: 50% of devices in use at the end of 2016 had not received a platform security update in one year  —  Google has spent the past year working with third-party manufacturers and phone carriers to improve its update system for Android, which is often criticized …
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.”
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.
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