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March 6, 2018, 6:50 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.
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.
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?
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.
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 …
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 …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Microsoft Surface Pro LTE review: seamless connectivity, light and portable design, and satisfactory battery life, but its 7th-generation Intel CPU is outdated  —  The cellular-connected laptop for consumers has arrived  —  For the past week or so, I've been using a computer to work from a train, at a park, and in a coffee shop.
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.
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Trump admin joins states' push to expand online sales tax collections, urges Supreme Court to overrule 1992 precedent giving tax exemption to online retailers  —  Justice Department urges Supreme Court to overrule a 1992 precedent giving online retailers an exemption from obligation applying to bricks-and-mortar shops

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