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March 17, 2018, 8:15 AM

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Paul Grewal / Facebook:
Facebook suspends Trump and Brexit-affiliated data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica after reports it and affiliated psychologist lied about data retention  —  We are suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), including their political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, from Facebook.
New York Times:
Sources: hacks of Saudi petro firms in 2017 intended to trigger an explosion via compromised Schneider Electric controllers deployed in ~18k plants worldwide  —  In August, a petrochemical company with a plant in Saudi Arabia was hit by a new kind of cyberassault.
More: SecurityWeek and CNBC
Facebook: David BrinTweets: @ericgeller, @puiwingtam, and @nicoleperlroth
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it is testing a change to Windows 10 that will open links clicked within Windows Mail in Edge, even if Edge is not the default browser  —  A desperate move to grab browser share  —  Microsoft is testing a new change to its future version of Windows 10 which will probably annoy anyone using the operating system.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sources: Facebook plans to launch Oculus Go standalone VR headset at its F8 developer conference on May 1  —  Facebook is looking to officially launch its Oculus Go standalone virtual reality (VR) headset at its f8 developer conference on May 1, Variety has learned from multiple sources familiar with the company's plans.
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Investigation finds ~70 “creepshot” Tumblr blogs including one with ~11K followers and 53K+ interactions; Tumblr hasn't removed any blogs found in investigation  —  After Reddit famously banned the creepshots sub-reddit, which shared non-consensual, revealing photos of women …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple announces media event at a Chicago high school at 10am CT on March 27, focused on “creative new ideas for teachers and students”  —  Apple today invited the media to an event on Tuesday, March 27 at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago.
Bloomberg:
Qualcomm says Paul Jacobs, the son of Qualcomm's founder, won't be renominated to its board after he informed them he's exploring a bid to acquire the company  —  Ex-Chairman is considering acquisition of the chipmaker  —  Chipmaker in play after Trump blocks $117 billion Broadcom bid
Andy Patel / News from the Lab:
F-Secure researcher discovers Twitter botnet advertising adult dating sites with over 22K linked accounts, some more than eight years old  —  About a week ago, a Tweet I was mentioned in received a dozen or so “likes” over a very short time period (about two minutes).
More: TechCrunch

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