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March 2, 2018, 1:40 PM

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Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Sources: 2nd generation Snap Spectacles to ship in Q3 with improved performance; 3rd gen planned for 2019 with two cameras for 3D-like depth effects in videos  —  Snap Inc. plans to launch a second version of its Spectacles glasses this year followed by a more ambitious third version equipped …
Wall Street Journal:
Former recruiter sues Google, says YouTube set minority hiring quotas, stopped hiring white and Asian males last year for tech jobs, fired him for complaining  —  A former employee alleges tech firm set quotas for hiring minorities  —  YouTube last year stopped hiring white and Asian males …
John McCrank / Reuters:
Equifax expects $275M in 2018 costs from the data breach, says 2.4M additional customers were affected by 2017 cyber attack  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Equifax Inc (EFX.N) said on Friday it expects $275 million in costs in 2018 related to the credit reporting company's massive data breach last year …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram may be preparing to launch audio and video calling within its direct messaging system according to files and icons buried in its APK  —  Instagram wants to be your phone, not just your camera.  And it wants to be better at it than Snapchat.  Files buried in Instagram …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
GitHub hit with the largest ever DDoS attack of 1.35Tbps on Feb. 28; attacker abused publicly accessible memcached instances, taking the site down for 6+ mins  —  ON WEDNESDAY, AT about 12:15pm ET, 1.35 terabits per second of traffic hit the developer platform GitHub all at once.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Rovio misses on Q4 revenue of €73.9M vs €77.33M estimated and announces closure of a year-old London office, departure of head of games unit; stock down 9%+  —  Gaming and entertainment company Rovio continues to have a very hard time of it as it faces the music on the waning popularity …
Robert Hackett / Fortune:
Garrett Camp proposes Eco, a cryptocurrency that would run on verified nodes at universities and research institutes and have collective mining incentives  —  In November, Garrett Camp had just returned from his first trip to Africa—an “eye-opening” experience, he said …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
State lawmakers in Maryland, New York, and Washington weigh bills regulating political ads on Facebook, Google, and Twitter  —  Alonzo Washington delivered a dire warning to his fellow delegates in Maryland's legislature last month: Russia might try to influence their elections, too.
Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Windows Central:
Microsoft launches Soundscape as a free iPhone app in US and UK that uses 3D audio to help the visually impaired locate points of interest  —  In recent years, Microsoft has worked on a number of projects to assist people with visual impairments.  Those have taken the form of everything …
Deutsche Welle:
Germany says hackers infiltrated government computers; sources point to Russian group APT28, say malware could have been in the system for up to a year  —  German security services have admitted they uncovered a cyberattack on the government in December.  Sources say the malware had been planted …

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