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March 13, 2018, 7:35 PM

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Alfred Ng / CNET:
Experts reveal 13 alleged flaws in AMD Ryzen and EPYC chips, just 24 hours after showing AMD, that allow malware to be installed on secure portions of the chips  —  Researchers say they've discovered critical security flaws in AMD chips that could allow attackers to access sensitive data …
Kashmir Hill / Gizmodo:
How conservative activists from Project Veritas use hoax job recruitment and seduction to catfish tech giants like Twitter; experts question legality  —  Mo Norai has worked in Silicon Valley for a decade.  He's done stints at Google, Twitter, Facebook, and Apple, but only as a contract worker …
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Annual Harris reputation poll of corporate brands says Amazon retained the top spot, Apple dropped from 5th to 29th, while Google dropped from 8th to 28th  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google corporate brands dropped in an annual survey while Amazon.com Inc maintained the top spot …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces WWDC 2018 will be held June 4-8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, opens registration  —  Apple has officially announced dates for its annual developer conference where it is expected to unveil iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12.
IMF Blog:
IMF head Christine Lagarde shares a plan to regulate cryptocurrencies through Know Your Customer requirements that combine biometrics and machine learning  —  Versions in (Arabic), (Chinese), Français (French), (Japanese), Português (Portuguese), (Russian)
Rita El Khoury / Android Police:
Google is rolling out voice-triggered Google Assistant routines for smart home devices including six predefined ones like “I'm home”, after announcing it in Oct  —  We've been hearing about Google Assistant's routines for months now.  Cody first discovered them in a Google app teardown …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Facebook is aiming to launch a news section for its Watch platform this summer and is testing different video partnerships with roughly ten publishers  —  Facebook is getting ready to launch a news section for its Watch platform and it's testing different video partnerships with roughly 10 publishers, Axios has learned.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Fitbit launches its second mainstream smartwatch, Versa, for $200, and the first fitness wearable for kids, Ace, for $100; both available for preorder today  —  Fitbit has announced new wearables Fitbit Versa, which runs the upcoming Fitbit OS 2.0, and Fitbit Ace.  Both are available for preorder today.
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Binance announces it's developing a new blockchain called Binance Chain, which it hopes will facilitate the creation of a new decentralized exchange  —  Binance announced Tuesday that it is launching a public blockchain to facilitate the creation of a new decentralized exchange.
Tom Miles / Reuters:
UN human rights experts investigating a possible genocide in Myanmar say that Facebook has played a role in spreading hate speech in the country  —  GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. human rights experts investigating a possible genocide in Myanmar said on Monday that Facebook had played a role in spreading hate speech there.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Larry Page-backed flying taxi firm Kitty Hawk signs agreement with New Zealand government to test autonomous planes as part of an official certification process  —  Since October, a mysterious flying object has been seen moving through the skies over the South Island of New Zealand.
David Welch / Bloomberg:
Sources: GM plans to start pilot program this summer that will allow car owners to rent out their vehicles through its Maven car-sharing service  —  Carmaker plots peer-to-peer pilot program starting this summer  —  Service could take on Turo and Getaround, potentially Tesla
Casey Newton / The Verge:
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says YouTube will add Wikipedia information to videos about popular conspiracy theories within weeks to provide alternate viewpoints  —  Pushing back on crazy theories  —  YouTube will add information from Wikipedia to videos about popular conspiracy theories …

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