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March 9, 2018, 2:15 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 more easily  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in a Periscope livestream today that the company is working to allow any user to become verified.
Scott Soshnick / Bloomberg:
Facebook gets exclusive rights to stream 25 MLB afternoon games, Facebook's first major US sports league exclusive; sources estimate price at $30-$35M  —  First time a major U.S. league has given Facebook exclusivity  —  Most games will be on Wednesday afternoons; MLB will produce
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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