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March 14, 2018, 3:12 PM

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Jillian D'Onfro / CNBC:
Google will ban all cryptocurrency-related advertising, including ICOs, wallets, and trading advice across all of its ad platforms, starting June 2018  —  - The company will no longer allow ads about cryptocurrency-related content, including initial coin offerings (ICOs), wallets, and trading advice across any of its ad platforms.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC charges Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes and former president Ramesh Balwani with defrauding investors by raising $700M+ through “elaborate, years-long fraud”  —  Holmes Stripped of Control of Company for Defrauding Investors  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission today …
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Facebook bans far-right anti-Islamic group Britain First and removes the group's pages and those of its leaders for repeatedly violating its community standards  —  Facebook has removed the pages of the anti-Islamic group Britain First and its leaders.  —  The social media company …
Bloomberg:
French finance minister says France will take legal action against Apple and Google over “abusive commercial practices” taking advantage of French developers  —  Action follows investigation into application contracts  —  Finance minister says fines could be in ‘millions of euros’
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
Former CIO of an Equifax unit, Jun Ying, faces criminal and civil charges from SEC over alleged insider trading on confidential info about 2017's data breach  —  Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged a former Equifax executive with insider trading, alleging that he profited …
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Google's new Maps platform for games gives developers access to real-time Google Maps data, an SDK for Unity, and a new API to use real-world locations in games  —  The first wave of games includes Jurassic World and The Walking Dead  —  There's been a wave of location-based mobile games …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp commits to not sharing user data with Facebook until it complies with GDPR; UK's Information Commissioner's Office closes its investigation  —  Facebook, its popular messaging app WhatsApp, and the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) have reached a truce in their long-running investigation …
Matt Brian / Engadget:
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ launched with 1.4GHz quad-core processor, dual-band WiFi, gigabit ethernet over USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.2, and Power over Ethernet for $35  —  Despite selling over 14 million of its low-cost DIY computing boards, the Raspberry Pi Foundation adheres to a slow release cycle.
Bloomberg:
Broadcom abandons its $117B takeover bid for Qualcomm after President Donald Trump blocked the deal, citing security risks  —  Chipmaker Broadcom Ltd. has abandoned its $117 billion takeover bid for Qualcomm Inc., Bloomberg News reports.  —  The decision was made after U.S. President Donald Trump blocked …
Allison Linn / The AI Blog:
Microsoft says it has trained AI that can match human performance in translating news from Chinese to English  —  A team of Microsoft researchers said Wednesday that they believe they have created the first machine translation system that can translate sentences of news articles from Chinese …
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 …
Sarah Nassauer / Wall Street Journal:
Walmart to offer home delivery of groceries in 100 cities by year's end by partnering with delivery companies using contract workers, starting with Uber  —  Retailer to partner with delivery startups after Amazon, Kroger and others roll out similar services
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
Stack Overflow's annual survey of 100K+ developers: Rust, Kotlin, and Python most-loved languages, 73% more excited by AI than concerned about its dangers  —  Stack Overflow's annual survey shows Android developer language Kotlin has soared in popularity.  —  Video: Apps at risk …
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Warby Parker raises $75M round led by T. Rowe Price, sources say at a valuation of $1.75B  —  The company has now raised nearly $300 million in total.  —  Warby Parker's co-CEOs continue to talk about an IPO like it's a “when,” not an “if.”  But the “when” still isn't now.
More: CNBCTweets: @delrey
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter tests algorithmically curated timelines for big news events, promoting them at the top of users' timelines, similar to its News tab tested in 2015  —  A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the company is creating new, algorithmically curated timelines of news tweets and promoting them at the top of users' feeds in a test.
More: MacRumorsThanks:@kantrowitz

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