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March 6, 2018, 12:30 PM

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Gizmodo:
Google says it provides TensorFlow APIs to US Dept of Defense to help interpret drone footage, is working on policies and safeguards for use of machine learning  —  Google has partnered with the United States Department of Defense to help the agency develop artificial intelligence …
Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:
Washington becomes first state to enact its own net neutrality protections as its bill is signed into law; 25+ states have introduced net neutrality bills  —  Internet providers will be required to treat all lawful content the same in Washington state under a landmark net neutrality law that just became official.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
WeWork says it's acquiring SEO and marketing company Conductor to build a “marketing cloud” for enterprise customers  —  WeWork is acquiring Conductor.  —  The two businesses might not seem like an obvious fit.  Why would a coworking giant buy a company that's best known for search engine optimization?
New York Times:
Right-wing journalist Peter Schweizer plans to release a documentary on tech companies' role in filtering the news, casting them as censorious and oppressive  —  Conservatives are zeroing in on a new enemy in the political culture wars: Big Tech.  —  Arguing that Silicon Valley is stifling …
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Bumble updates policy to ban firearm images and will use ~5K moderators to remove gun-related content, won't censor images appearing in users' Instagram feeds  —  A few swipes into the popular dating app Bumble, and the diversity of interests is obvious: Users post photos of themselves swinging …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google's search app for iOS adds an extension for iMessage in US, a Safari share sheet option to see related content suggestions, and iPad drag and drop support  —  Google Search is now available within iMessage.  In an effort to more deeply integrate Google's search engine on iOS devices …
Simon Sharwood / The Register:
Analysis finds WordPress powers 30% of the top 10M websites, nearly 10x the market share of its nearest competitor Joomla, which has a 3.1% share  —  Open source dominates the content management system market  —  The web-watchers at W3Techs have just noted a milestone: WordPress now accounts for 30 per cent of the world's web sites.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
MoviePass CEO says its app tracks user locations before and after movies, which is not information currently disclosed in the company's privacy policy  —  Everyone knew the MoviePass deal is too good to be true — and as is so often the case these days, it turns out you're not the customer, you're the product.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: used car site Vroom, which had raised ~$320M, lays off 25%-50% staff and halts Dallas and Indiana operations  —  Vroom, an on-demand car buying and selling startup that has raised over $300 million in venture funding, has hit a bump in the road.  TechCrunch has learned and confirmed …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Reddit on Russian propaganda: hundreds of accounts removed, few Russian ads were seen and are now disallowed, @TEN_GOP tweets amplified by “thousands” on Reddit  —  Reddit didn't find any Russian ads about the 2016 election, but there was plenty of non-ad content being shared.

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
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