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March 16, 2018, 5:45 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils cloud gaming division led by Microsoft vet Kareem Choudhry who says the company wants content available across all devices, hints at streaming  —  Cloud services seen as the future of games  —  Microsoft shipped its first video game in 1981, appropriately named Microsoft Adventure.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: stock-trading app Robinhood is raising around $350M led by DST Global at a $5.6B valuation, a fourfold increase in one year  —  Russian firm DST Global is leading the $350 million investment in the stock-trading app  —  Robinhood Financial LLC is set to be valued at about $5.6 billion …
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 …
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.
Leigh Cuen / CoinDesk:
Lightning Labs raises $2.5M from Jack Dorsey, Charlie Lee, David Sacks, and more, launches beta of software that allows Bitcoin Lightning Network payments  —  A version of bitcoin's much-anticipated Lightning Network is finally ready for real users.  —  Announced today, California startup Lightning Labs …
Daniel Oberhaus / Motherboard:
Plattsburgh, New York, imposes an 18-month moratorium on bitcoin mining for new commercial operations, after residents complained of increased electricity bills  —  Plattsburgh, New York has imposed an 18-month moratorium on Bitcoin mining to prevent miners from using all the city's cheap electricity.
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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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
SwiftKey 7.0, in the first major update from Microsoft after acquisition, introduces toolbar with GIFs and stickers; location and calendar features coming soon  —  Microsoft is unveiling its first major update to the SwiftKey keyboard it acquired back in 2016.
Nico Grant / Bloomberg:
Adobe beats with Q1 revenue of $2.08B, up 24% YoY, boosted by subscription revenue of $1.79B; stock has surged 25% so far this year after jumping 70% last year  —  Customers are buying multiple applications from the company  —  Adobe to raise prices on popular software, like Photoshop
Reuters:
In a first, US publicly accuses Russia for cyberattack campaign dating back to at least March 2016 targeting the US power grid and other critical infrastructure  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching …
CNN:
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 …
Shira Ovide / Bloomberg:
Analysis of how Amazon became the third most valuable company in the world after a disappointing 2014 and a look at the industries it might shake up next  —  Amazon makes no sense.  It's the most befuddling, illogically sprawling, and—to a growing sea of competitors—flat-out terrifying company in the world.
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