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March 15, 2018, 6:35 PM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Android Wear rebranded as Wear OS to reflect the fact that it works with both Android and iOS smartphones  —  The Android Wear brand introduced in 2014 is going away and being replaced with a new name: Wear OS.  A new area of Google's website has officially confirmed the change.
Tim / Droid Life:
Google Maps rolls out “wheelchair accessible” route options in London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston, and Sydney  —  Navigating city centers, as well as bus and train stations can sometimes be complicated for those in a wheelchair or with other mobility needs.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Intel says upcoming 8th-gen Xeon and Core CPUs have been redesigned to provide hardware protection against Spectre variant 2 and Meltdown vulnerabilities  —  As promised, Intel has redesigned its upcoming 8th-gen Xeon and Core processors to further reduce the risks of attacks via the Spectre …
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
Snap apologizes for approving third-party ad with “would you rather” options for slapping Rihanna and punching Chris Brown; Rihanna rejects apology  —  'I'd love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain't that dumb!'  —  Rihanna posted an Instagram Story today to denounce Snapchat …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Android Security 2017 Year in Review: 60.3% of potentially harmful Android apps were detected via machine learning, Play Protect reviews 50B+ apps every day  —  Google released its Android Security 2017 Year in Review report today, the fourth installment of the company's attempt to educate …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft launches bounty program for speculative execution CPU bugs, offering to pay up to $250K for new flaws through December 31  —  Microsoft is introducing a new bug bounty reward for the “speculative execution” CPU vulnerabilities that were disclosed recently.
CNN:
Trump administration announces new Russia sanctions on 5 entities, including IRA, and 19 individuals, in response to US election interference and cyberattacks  —  Putin's ‘chef,’ the man behind the troll factory  —  Washington (CNN)The Trump administration announced Thursday it is enacting …

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