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March 19, 2018, 11:20 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.
Reuters:
Facebook under pressure for its data practices from Democratic and Republican lawmakers in US, the head of European Parliament, and UK officials and lawmakers  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc faced growing pressure on Monday after European and U.S. lawmakers called for investigations into reports …
Slate:
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:
TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Winter 2018 Demo Day 1 hosted 64 presentations, with robotics, fintech, and biotech startups taking the spotlight  —  Josh Constine Greg Kumparak Megan Rose Dickey Lucas Matney Katie Roof  —  Biotech, robotics, and fintech startups took the spotlight today at prestigious accelerator Y Combinator's 26th Demo Day.

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