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March 6, 2018, 8:10 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 …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Google says it's bringing Lens, its Assistant-powered image recognition tool, to all Android phones with Google Photos installed; timeline for iOS debut unknown  —  It's coming to iOS soon  —  Google is officially rolling its Lens out to Android phones that have Google Photos installed.
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Sara Salinas / CNBC:
BlackBerry suing Facebook, alleging that many of Facebook's messaging services infringe on BlackBerry patents, seeks injunctive relief and damages  —  BlackBerry is suing Facebook for patent infringement on its legacy messaging service, the company said Tuesday.
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Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber begins using its self-driving trucks for some long haul cargo trips in Arizona as part of Uber Freight service, leaving the last stretch to human drivers  —  Via Uber Freight, the company's standalone trucking app  —  Uber's big push to dominate the trucking industry took a leap forward today …
Jeff Engel / Xconomy:
Whoop, a Boston-based biometrics-monitoring wristband startup, raises $25M Series C led by UAE71 Capital, has raised ~$50M total to date  —  Whoop took a different approach to try and break into the crowded wearable device market: Start by winning over professional athletes, then gradually expand sales to a wider array of consumers.
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
Apple confirms it will stop taking submissions for iTunes LPs, with bundled items like videos or bonus tracks, as of this month; existing LPs will be available  —  Existing iTunes LPs will still be available going forward  —  Apple has confirmed to The Verge that it will stop taking new iTunes LP submissions as of this month.
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:
Coinbase's new asset management unit unveils market cap-weighted index fund for all digital assets on GDAX, available to accredited US investors in a few months  —  When you're the runaway leader in a growing industry, you typically have two opinions: A) Stay in your lane and let other companies pop …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Gboard adds supports for 20 new languages including traditional and simplified Chinese and Korean, bringing total to 300+ languages for 74% of world population  —  Google is adding more than 20 new languages to its Gboard virtual keyboard app, including Chinese (traditional and simplified) and Korean.
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?
Chris Sanders / Reuters:
US Treasury official says CFIUS national security panel has identified potential risks that warrant a full investigation of Broadcom's bid for Qualcomm  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. government national security panel said it identified potential risks that warrant a full investigation …
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
US Treasury's FinCEN says in letter that its rules apply to those who sell convertible virtual currency including developers and exchanges running ICOs  —  The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published a letter Tuesday that indicates the U.S. agency will apply its regulations …
Dan Primack / Axios:
HQ Trivia says it has raised $15M at a $100M post-money valuation, led by Founders Fund, to grow out its engineering team  —  HQ, the live trivia game-show app, tells Axios that it has raised $15 million in new VC funding at a $100 million post-money valuation.
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
ELSA, a SF-based startup whose AI language learning platform teaches how to speak English and has a few million users in 100+ countries, raises $3.2M pre-A  —  ELSA, an app whose name stands for “English Language Speech Assistant” (and not the popular Disney character!) …

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