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March 24, 2018, 1:10 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook has been contacting ad agencies and trade bodies to reassure them that customer data is being protected in light of Cambridge Analytica news  —  Social-media giant plans marketing outreach to reassure users of safety on its platform and prevent more advertisers from dropping out
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Sources on how Cambridge Analytica milked Mercer-backed GOP candidates, including Cruz campaign, which paid $5.8M and compared the firm to a Ponzi scheme  —  The secretive data firm said it could move the minds of American voters.  That wasn't its real victory.  —  Looking for news you can trust?
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
A week after Cambridge Analytica and despite #deletefacebook, Facebook app installs did not drop, no big advertisers quit, and analysts recommend buying the dip  —  As Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal spiraled into chaos this week, a frantic hail of notes from Wall Street analysts …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
Sources: Uber's autonomous cars struggled with goal of 13 miles before driver intervention; Waymo says its cars had average of ~5.6K miles between interventions  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Uber's robotic vehicle project was not living up to expectations months before a self-driving car operated …
Brad Templeton / Brad Ideas:
Analysis shows how onboard sensors should have detected the pedestrian before fatal Uber autonomous car collision and why attentive safety drivers are important  —  The Tempe police released the poor quality video from the Uber.  What looks like a dash-cam video along with a video of the safety driver.
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Samsung says it is investigating user reports about Galaxy S9 and S9+ touchscreen responsiveness issues  —  Tonight Samsung has responded to growing reports of Galaxy S9/S9+ phones with touchscreen problems.  Android Police points to a few threads on Reddit and Samsung's own support forums …
Loren Grush / The Verge:
Elon Musk removes Tesla and SpaceX Facebook pages after tweetstorm, but leaves their Instagram accounts, saying Instagram is “probably ok”  —  During a mid-afternoon tweetstorm, Elon Musk deleted both of his companies' Facebook pages after being challenged to do so by a few of his followers.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Tumblr confirms 84 accounts linked to Internet Research Agency and has begun emailing users who interacted with them; accounts were ID'd and deleted last fall  —  Tumblr has confirmed that Kremlin trolls were active on its platform during the 2016 US presidential elections.
Sian Bradley / UKTN:
Blockchain startup Everledger, which tracks the provenance of high-value assets like diamonds to help prevent fraud, raises $10.4M Series A  —  Everledger, a startup that uses blockchain technology to track assets in a bid to prevent fraud, has raised $10.4m (£7.38m) in Series A funding.

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