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March 19, 2018, 8:50 PM

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New York Times:
Sources: Facebook CSO Alex Stamos to leave amid disagreements with top execs over disinformation, will stay until August; his team is down from 120 to 3 people  —  Facebook's chief information security officer, Alex Stamos, will leave the company after internal disagreements over how the social network …
Channel 4 News:
Cambridge Analytica execs filmed boasting of entrapping politicians with sex and bribes, explaining how to spread info online without it looking like propaganda  —  Senior executives at Cambridge Analytica - the data company that credits itself with Donald Trump's presidential victory …
Facebook:
Facebook says it's hired a digital forensics firm to conduct an audit of Cambridge Analytica, which is complying, to help ascertain if leaked data still exists  —  We have hired a digital forensics firm, Stroz Friedberg, to conduct a comprehensive audit of Cambridge Analytica.
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Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
Uber pauses self-driving tests in all cities after a pedestrian was struck and killed in AZ by one of its cars in autonomous mode that had a human safety driver  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A woman was killed by an Uber self-driving sport utility vehicle in Arizona, police said on Monday …
Bloomberg:
President Trump signs an order prohibiting US transactions in Venezuela-issued digital currency, digital coins, and digital tokens  —  President Donald Trump banned U.S. purchases of a cryptocurrency the Venezuelan government is rolling out, as part of a campaign to pressure the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Magic Leap launches a “creator portal”, which contains forums and a preview of its augmented reality SDK and other developer tools  —  Augmented reality startup Magic Leap is taking the first steps toward opening its platform to outside developers.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google Pay now lets you use prepaid public transport passes, starting in Las Vegas  —  Google has announced a new service that lets travelers use Google Pay in conjunction with prepaid virtual travel passes.  —  Google revealed in January that it was combining Android Pay and Google Wallet under …
eMarketer:
eMarketer estimates Google and Facebook will capture 56.8% of US digital ad investment in 2018, down from 58.5% last year, as Amazon and Snapchat grow quickly  —  Amazon and Snapchat are experiencing faster growth Google and Facebook may control the bulk of the US digital ad market …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Nandita Bose / Reuters:
Google debuts program to let retailers list products and loyalty program links, across its products including search under sponsored results, for cut of sales  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google routinely fields product queries from millions of shoppers.  Now it wants to take a cut of their purchases, too.

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Smartsheet:
Strategies for shutting down SaaS sprawl  —  Managing a chaos of apps steals focus away from IT leaders who are increasingly helping to drive business.  Read the report.
TWiT.tv:
Protect Yourself from SIM Jacking  —  SIMjacker allows attackers to hijack any phone just by sending it an SMS message.  Steve Gibson explains how it works on the Security Now podcast.
Zoho:
Six ways to use shapes to create a compelling presentation in Zoho Show  —  Ideas come in all shapes and sizes—be it an extra fold to help your paper plane fly a few inches further, or an equation that changes …
AWS Startups:
How Daivergent Is Helping Autistic People with Careers in Tech  —  Founded in 2017 by Byron Dai and Rahul Mahida, Daivergent's platform connects AI companies with high-volume data needs to a remote workforce comprised of people with autism.
Google Fi:
Google Fi - a phone plan, by Google  —  We felt that most phone plans just weren't made with you in mind.  So that's why we built Google Fi with features that real people actually want.  Click to learn more.
TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Will Smith and Ang Lee are coming to Disrupt SF this October 2-4  —  We'll talk to Lee and Smith about what it was like working with these effects, and how else they could change the way movies get made.
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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