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March 14, 2018, 4:05 AM

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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 …
Bloomberg:
Sources say Broadcom will formally abandon its attempt to acquire Qualcomm in an announcement on Wednesday  —  Broadcom Ltd. will formally abandon its attempt to acquire rival chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. after U.S. President Donald Trump blocked the deal citing national security risks, according to people familiar with its plans.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
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 found 13 flaws in AMD's Ryzen and EPYC chips, which could let attackers install malware on highly guarded parts of the processor.
Antonio Regalado / MIT Technology Review:
YC-backed Nectome aims to preserve brains of terminally ill patients through a fatal embalming process for future digitalization; Sam Altman is on its wait list  —  Nectome will preserve your brain, but you have to be euthanized first.  — The brain of an elderly woman …
IMF Blog:
IMF head Christine Lagarde outlines plan to regulate cryptocurrencies by using technology such as distributed ledger tech, biometrics, AI, and cryptography  —  Whether Bitcoin's value goes up or Bitcoin's value goes down, people around the world are asking the same question: What exactly is the potential of crypto-assets?
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 …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Twitch announces Free Games With Prime, offering select PC games each month free to download for users of Twitch Prime, a service included with Amazon Prime  —  A bit of fun news for Amazon/Twitch Prime users: you're going to get some free games each month.
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Amazon retains top spot in annual Harris reputation poll of corporate brands, Apple drops from 5th to 29th, Google drops 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Court filings: women at Microsoft working in US-based technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints of gender discrimination or sexual harassment from 2010-2016  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Women at Microsoft Corp working in U.S.-based technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints …

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