March 7, 2018, 2:25 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google releases Android P preview with support for iPhone X-style notch, updates to Quick Settings and notifications, and more  —  But don't install it on your main phone  —  As it has for the last couple years, Google is releasing a developer preview of the next version of Android in March.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft confirms Windows 10 S will no longer be a dedicated operating system and will become a “mode” of Windows 10 in 2019  —  Windows 10 S will no longer be a dedicated version next year  —  Microsoft says its plans to move Windows 10 S from a dedicated operating system to a special …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces new AI platform for Windows 10 developers ahead of Build, including ability to import different learning models, available in Visual Studio  —  Microsoft is planning to include more artificial intelligence capabilities inside Windows 10 soon.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Magic Leap raises an additional $461M from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on top of its $502M round in October, bringing total Series D funding to $963M  —  Magic Leap still hasn't released a product, but they're continuing to raise a lot of cash to get there.
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
Amazon confirms some Alexa devices are randomly laughing and says it's working on a fix, after multiple users posted about it on social media  —  Wait, what?  —  Over the past few days, users with Alexa-enabled devices have reported hearing strange, unprompted laughter.
New York Times:
US national security panel, CFIUS, calls for full investigation of Broadcom's bid for Qualcomm as tech companies are increasingly caught in US-China rivalry  —  WASHINGTON — As the United States and China look to protect their national security needs and economic interests …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches a low-cost version of Prime at $5.99 per month for qualifying recipients of Medicaid  —  Amazon announced this morning it will offer a low-cost version of its Prime membership program to qualifying recipients of Medicaid.  The program will bring the cost of Prime …
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
BlackBerry is 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.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Interview with Peter Thiel on Facebook's board dynamics, Russian interference in 2016 election, his continued support for Trump, his bid for Gawker assets, more  —  Peter Thiel is Silicon Valley's homegrown Cassandra.  He warned for years that the big tech companies were arrogant and clueless …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
NYT journalist Farhad Manjoo spent nearly two months relying solely on print for his news and concluded that digital has broken how we process information  —  I first got news of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., via an alert on my watch.  Even though I had turned off news notifications months ago …
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Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Toronto-based smart thermostat maker Ecobee raises $62M Series C led by Energy Impact Partners with participation from Amazon's Alexa Fund  —  - Energy Impact Partners and Amazon Alexa Fund are among the investors in a $62 million round of funding for Ecobee.
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