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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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Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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