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March 25, 2017, 4:20 PM

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Bloomberg:
Uber suspends self-driving car testing following Arizona crash involving one of its cars; police say the Uber car was not at fault, another car failed to yield  —  A self-driving car operated by Uber Technologies Inc. was involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest setback for a company reeling from multiple crises.
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Seoul escort bar visit by Uber CEO, Emil Michael, and others in 2014 led to HR complaint; Kalanick's ex-girlfriend says Michael asked her to lie about visit  —  A woman who dated Uber CEO Travis Kalanick for three years, Gabi Holzwarth, says she was with Mr. Kalanick when he and a team …
Kim Hart / Axios:
Tech community “dumbfounded” by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's remark that AI won't supplant US jobs for “50-100 more years”  —  Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin riled the tech community this morning when he told Axios' Mike Allen that displacement of jobs …
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.
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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Uber denied recruiters access to its demographic data, hindering its diversity efforts, and plans release of its first diversity report next week  —  Under pressure from harassment and sexism allegations, the ride-hailing giant is rethinking its approach to hiring.  —  by
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 …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Grab, Uber's largest rival in Southeast Asia, raising $1.5B+ led by SoftBank  —  SoftBank said to back $1 billion investment to help expansion  —  Grab racing against Go-Jek for ride, payment dominance  —  Grab, Uber Technologies Inc.'s largest rival in Southeast Asia …
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