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March 24, 2017, 5:10 PM

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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
T-Mobile introduces Scam ID to flag scam calls, and opt-in Scam Block service to block them  —  T-Mobile has a new feature that will flag “known scam” calls for its wireless users, according to Grant Castle, the company's VP of engineering services.  —  Scam ID will pop up an indicator that a call is a …
Kim Hart / Axios:
Tech community “dumbfounded” by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's dismissal of AI impact on jobs  —  Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin riled the tech community this morning when he told Axios' Mike Allen that displacement of jobs by artificial intelligence and automation is …
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Google details the sunsetting of Talk, SMS removal for Hangouts, and other G Suite changes  —  We heard just yesterday that Google is planning to remove SMS capabilities from Hangouts, and now Google has detailed this change — as well as others — in a new post on its G Suite blog.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Chrome to immediately stop recognizing extended validation status of Symantec-issued certs and gradually nullify all currently valid certs of Symantec-owned CAs  —  Chrome to immediately stop recognizing EV status and gradually nullify all certs.  —  In a severe rebuke of one of the biggest suppliers …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Tests show 10 of 54 passwords are valid in sample set from hackers claiming to have 250M iCloud records; users should change passwords  —  ZDNet has uncovered several loose ends with a claim regarding millions of iCloud accounts held for ransom, and questions remain.
TechCrunch:
Facebook says it will soon start testing the ability to add GIFs to comments  —  Mar 24, 2017, 9:02 amMar 24, 2017, 1:30 pm  —  After years of stubborn caution, Facebook is finally embracing the animated GIF.  Next week Facebook will begin testing a GIF button that lets users post GIFs …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Google partners with Howard University to open a school branch on Google's campus for black engineering students, accepting 740 students over five years  —  Google has partnered with Howard University to launch a school branch right on the company's campus, where undergraduate students …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Moto G5 Plus review: best budget smartphone with premium feel and solid performance, but camera is disappointing and timely software updates are not guaranteed  —  Downgraded camera and questionable update policy tarnish another solid upgrade.  —  We've documented the decline of Motorola under Lenovo extensively.
Reuters:
Sources: AMC Networks is planning commercial-free streaming service for about $4.99-$6.99/month for people who subscribe to AMC via cable TV  —  AMC Networks Inc, whose shows include “The Walking Dead,” is planning to launch a commercial-free online video streaming service aimed at millennial TV subscribers …
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Shaheen Samavati / Tech.eu:
Germany-based online lamp shop Lampenwelt.de, active in 12 countries, raises €120M from 3i  —  German online lamp shop Lampenwelt.de has received a major investment of €120 million, coming from the venture capital firm 3i.  The company says 3i will also provide a short-term loan of €54 million.

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