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March 9, 2018, 1:25 PM

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Waymo:
Waymo is piloting self-driving cargo trucks in Atlanta for carrying cargo bound for Google's data centers starting next week  —  Waymo's mission has always been to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around.  So far, the focus has mostly been on people …
New York Times:
Sources: Barack and Michelle Obama are nearing a content deal with Netflix for a series of shows; Apple and Amazon also expressed interest  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama is in advanced negotiations with Netflix to produce a series of high-profile shows that will provide …
Natt Garun / The Verge:
Jack Dorsey says Twitter is working on getting users to verify themselves; product director says it would help users spot suspicious accounts easier  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in a Periscope livestream today that the company is working to allow any user to become verified.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook strikes a licensing deal with Warner Music, the last major label holdout, to use Warner's music in videos and messages on Facebook  —  Just weeks after signing a large licensing deal with leading indy label representative ICE, Facebook has continued its march into the world of music …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
CIRP report finds that Android brand loyalty rate in the US has remained at a steady high since 2016, at 91% today, while iOS has a loyalty rate of 86%  —  Samsung's new Galaxy S9 may not quite live up to the iPhone X when it comes to Samsung's implementation of a Face ID-style system or its odd take on AR emoji.

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Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
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.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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