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March 8, 2018, 3:35 AM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google releases Android P developer 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.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Android P preview: multi-camera API to better use dual cameras, Android Runtime speed boosts of up to 11% across popular apps, tightened API policies, more  —  Preview the next major version of Android with the Android P Developer Preview.  —  In what is quickly becoming an annual March tradition …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Amazon updates Alexa to end random laughter, says laugh was triggered when Alexa mistakenly heard “Alexa, laugh”, will change phrase to “Alexa, can you laugh?”  —  Is Alexa laughing at you?  —  In the past few days, some users of Echo home speakers running Amazon …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Sources: Snap plans layoffs to its engineering department, the largest layoffs to date; source says about 100 people, less than 10% of the unit, are affected  —  Snap Inc. is preparing its largest round of layoffs to date, Cheddar has learned.  —  The Snapchat-maker plans to announce …
Russell Holly / Windows Central:
Oculus Rift users say a problem with Oculus Runtime Service's certificate has made all Rift devices useless until Oculus releases an update  —  Oculus goofed, and it's going to be a little bit before you can use your Rift again.  —  If you were hoping to get a little VR in today …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
SEC issues strongly worded warning on unregulated cryptocurrency exchanges, saying “many” appear SEC-approved when they aren't; Bitcoin is down 8%+  —  Bitcoin falls 10 percent after regulators signal crackdown on exchanges.  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission issued …
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Google updates Duo with ability to leave 30-second video messages for users who miss or decline calls, rolling out to iOS and Android users this week  —  30-second ephemeral video messages  —  Duo, Google's take on Apple's FaceTime, is getting video messages today in an update.
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 …
Eugene Kim / CNBC:
Filings show Amazon has committed to ~$22B in future food purchases, mostly from Whole Foods supplier United Natural Foods, until 2025  —  - Amazon is now on the hook for an additional $22 billion in future purchase obligations following the Whole Foods acquisition, filings show.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Grab is close to acquiring certain markets of Uber's Southeast Asia business, may sign a deal this week or next; Uber will take ~15-20% stake in Grab  —  Grab, the dominant ride-hailing service in Southeast Asia, is close to finalizing a deal to acquire Uber Technologies Inc.'s business …
Lisa Lee / Bloomberg:
Sources: Uber is seeking $1.25B for its second leveraged loan and has been approaching loan investors directly instead of going through banks  —  Uber Technologies Inc. is seeking $1.25 billion in its second foray in the U.S. leveraged loan market, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Changelog: MoviePass updates iOS app to “remove unused location capabilities” following privacy concerns  —  Earlier this week, Mitch Lowe, CEO of the popular all-you-can-eat movie subscription service MoviePass, made headlines for bragging about how the app can track the location of its users.
Kim Zetter / The Intercept:
Study of Shadow Brokers documents: in 2013 the NSA was tracking 45+ different nation state operations by detecting other hackers on machines it had infected  —  When the mysterious entity known as the “Shadow Brokers” released a tranche of stolen NSA hacking tools to the internet a year ago …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Early data from AdStage suggests Facebook's News Feed changes have driven ad prices up by decreasing the amount of time users spend on the social network  —  Mark Zuckerberg said people would spend less time on Facebook after the change.  It looks like that might be happening.
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 …
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.

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