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March 15, 2018, 4:10 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.
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
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.
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 …
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
Snap apologizes for approving 3rd-party ad with “would you rather” options for slapping Rihanna, punching Chris Brown; Rihanna rejects apology, stock down 4.6%+  —  'I'd love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain't that dumb!'  —  Rihanna posted an Instagram Story today …
Lily Katz / Bloomberg:
Coinbase gets e-money license in the UK and partners with Barclays, enabling easier deposits and withdrawals for UK customers  —  Coinbase Inc., one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges, said it obtained an e-money license in the U.K. as it expands services in Europe.
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 …
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