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April 15, 2017, 12:05 PM

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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
James Vincent / The Verge:
A look at adversarial images, which target and trick AI systems into misidentifying people or objects  —  There's a scene in William Gibson's 2010 novel Zero History, in which a character embarking on a high-stakes raid dons what the narrator refers to as the “ugliest T-shirt” in existence …
Reuters:
Japan's NHK: Apple considering multibillion dollar investment in Toshiba's chip business for stake of more than 20%  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is considering investing at least several billion dollars in the chip business put up for sale by Toshiba Corp (6502.T), public broadcaster NHK reported, citing an unidentified source.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Google retires the Octane JavaScript benchmark, since developers are making optimizations to boost scores at the expense of real world performance  —  JavaScript engines have focused too much on the benchmark, to the detriment of the real world.  —  Google has announced …
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Stanford and Princeton researchers create ad-blocker that uses computer vision, can evade all known anti ad-blockers; available as a proof of concept on Chrome  —  A team of Princeton and Stanford University researchers has fundamentally reinvented how ad-blocking works …

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