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March 19, 2018, 2:50 PM

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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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's idealistic, negligent approach to its products has led to nonstop scandals, from discriminatory ad auctions to social apps with loose data governance  —  Facebook has naively put its faith in humanity and repeatedly been abused, exploited, and proven either negligent or complicit.
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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.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources detail Apple's initiative to develop tech to mass-produce MicroLED displays, an OLED successor, still at least two years from shipping in its devices  —  The company has a secret manufacturing facility in California  —  Apple Watch to be first Apple product with MicroLED technology
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.
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Thomas Reed / Malwarebytes Labs:
$15K GrayKey device marketed to law enforcement can reportedly unlock even the latest iPhones, posing serious security concerns  —  Ever since the case of the San Bernadino shooter pitted Apple against the FBI over the unlocking of an iPhone, opinions have been split on providing backdoor access to the iPhone for law enforcement.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
HTC's Vive Pro VR headset costs $799 without tracking beacons and controllers, pre-orders start today, ships April 5; original Vive now costs $499, down $100  —  HTC says it will charge $799 for its new, higher-resolution Vive Pro virtual reality headset — and we mean, literally, just the headset.

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