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March 20, 2018, 1:30 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 …
Bloomberg:
Source: US FTC is investigating Facebook's use of personal data and whether it violated policies by letting Cambridge Analytica receive some user information  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is probing Facebook over whether it violated terms of a consent decree over its use of personal data …
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 …
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Reuters:
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Google says it will spend $300M over the next three years to support journalism and fight disinformation through the newly announced Google News Initiative  —  ‘We need to do more’  —  Google is announcing new efforts today to support the media industry by fighting misinformation and bolstering journalism …
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
Tempe, AZ police say Uber likely not at fault for self-driving car fatality after preliminary investigations reveal collision was unavoidable in any mode  —  Pushing a bicycle laden with plastic shopping bags, a woman abruptly walked from a center median into a lane of traffic and was struck …
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
Ilya Khrennikov / Bloomberg:
Telegram plans to appeal after it loses bid in Russia's Supreme Court to block security services such as FSB from getting access to encryption keys of user data  —  Messaging service plans to appeal Supreme Court's decision  —  Regulators could block Telegram service if it fails to comply
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:
Researchers say ~1.6K files are stored in bitcoin's blockchain; at least one thought to be an image of child abuse; two others contain 274 links to child abuse  —  Researchers discover illegal content within the distributed ledger, making possession of it potentially unlawful in many countries
Pui-Wing Tam / New York Times:
Profile of Founders for Change, a group of 400+ tech entrepreneurs and CEOs that are pushing the VC industry to diversify its ranks  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Trevor McFedries set out last year to raise money for Brud, his robotics and artificial intelligence start-up, he found himself in many meetings with …
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Sources: Sequoia raising up to $12B for new funds in response to SoftBank, including up to $8B for a growth fund with minimum investment commitment set at $250M  —  - Sequoia is raising about $12 billion for several funds focusing on both global opportunities and start-ups in U.S., China and India.

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