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April 16, 2017, 8:10 AM

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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Latest Shadow Brokers dump includes evidence NSA hacked SWIFT transaction system in the Middle East, has new exploits for older Windows versions up to Windows 8  —  For eight months, the hacker group known as Shadow Brokers has trickled out an intermittent drip of highly classified NSA data.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says Windows exploits disclosed by Shadow Brokers have been patched on all currently supported versions of Windows  —  Microsoft says it has already patched the Windows exploits released by the Shadow Brokers group.  The hacking tools, likely originating from the NSA …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Robert Taylor, the innovator who played key roles in the invention of Arpanet, the Alto computer, and the computer mouse, dies at 85  —  Like many inventions, the internet was the work of many inventors.  But perhaps no one deserves more credit for that world-changing technological leap …
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Apple received permit to test autonomous vehicles in California; DMV spokesman says Apple applied to test three 2015 Lexus RX450h vehicles  —  Apple has received a permit to test autonomous cars in California, the first official confirmation that the maker of the iPhone sees the century-old automobile …
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Uber shares Q4 2016 numbers: gross bookings up 28% QoQ to $6.9B, net revenue up 74% QoQ to $2.9B, net loss up 5% to $991M  —  The ride-hailing giant opens up its books for the first time in an interview with Bloomberg.  —  by  —  Uber Technologies Inc. isn't required to report its finances publicly …
Elizabeth Weise / USA Today:
Facebook rolling out tech that analyzes patterns to find fake accounts that can spread misinformation, malware, and falsely boost page rankings  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is ramping up efforts to kill off sham accounts used to spread fake news, pass along malware and falsely boost page rankings …
Ali Breland / The Hill:
Microsoft reveals first FBI National Security Letter in transparency report, says US foreign intelligence surveillance requests doubled from H2 2015 to H1 2016  —  Microsoft published its biannual transparency report on Thursday, revealing its first National Security Letter from the FBI.

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