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March 21, 2019, 7:10 AM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources: WSJ plans to join the new paid tier of Apple News to be announced on Monday, expected to cost $10/month; NYT and The Washington Post have opted out  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Wall Street Journal plans to join a new paid subscription news service run by Apple, according to two people familiar …
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Square CEO Jack Dorsey introduces Square Crypto, a new initiative for open source contributions to the “bitcoin/crypto ecosystem”  —  Payments startup Square plans to hire a number of engineers and a designer to work on its crypto initiatives, according to tweets from CEO Jack Dorsey.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
By integrating Stadia into YouTube, Google plans to cement YouTube's dominance, as 200M users already watch gaming content there every day  —  Google's starting a revolution just to keep things as they are  —  Yesterday, Google announced plans for a new game-streaming service called Stadia.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google's Stadia could be the future of gaming but the announcement left questions unanswered, like cost and subscription, launch date, or available games  —  A lot of questions remain unanswered  —  “The future of gaming is not a box,” according to Google.  “It's a place.”
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Report: Apple approved production of its wireless charging AirPower mat earlier this year, after announcing it in 2017 with a 2018 launch date  —  The Wall Street Journal today reports that Apple approved production of its long-awaited wireless charging mat AirPower earlier this year …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Oculus announces $399 Rift S, developed alongside Lenovo, with higher-res 1280x1440 displays and improved optics, available in spring  —  After years of high-profile onstage announcements, Oculus has decided to quietly deliver the successor to its flagship Rift virtual reality headset …
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
After Rep. Devin Nunes sued Twitter and the @DevinCow account claiming defamation, the parody account gained 465K+ followers, surpassing his own follower count  —  Consider this: a parody account pretending to be an imaginary cow owned by Representative Devin Nunes, the California Republican …
Yogita Khatri / CoinDesk:
Two crypto indices from CoinMarketCap, CMC Crypto 200, which includes bitcoin, and CMC Crypto ex BTC, which doesn't, launch on Nasdaq, Bloomberg, and Reuters  —  Two cryptocurrency benchmark indices from data provider CoinMarketCap will launch today on financial data feeds …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Facebook begins rolling out threaded messages to Messenger users around the world, activated by long-pressing on a message  —  Facebook Messenger aficionados, good news: It just got easier to respond to your best buds' messages with hot takes.  —  Facebook today announced that message replies …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Alfred Ng / CNET:
US retailers are deploying facial recognition tech to fight shoplifters, raising privacy concerns due to lack of legal restrictions or rules to prevent abuse  —  At my bodega down the block, photos of shoplifters sometimes litter the windows, a warning to would-be thieves that they're being watched.
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
Google's stock rose 2% by the end of trading, adding nearly $17B to its market value, the same day it was fined €1.49B by the EU Commission  —  - The stock rose 2 percent by the end of trading adding nearly $17 billion to the company's market value.  — Alphabet's gains on Wednesday add …
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Paris Martineau / Wired:
Inside Airbnb's “guerrilla war” against US local governments, which often face a slew of lawsuits from the company when they try to collect occupancy taxes  —  “READ MY LIPS: We want to pay taxes," Chris Lehane, Airbnb's global head of public policy, told the nation's mayors in 2016.
Jamie Rigg / Engadget:
A look at the history of game-playing AI and how it often beats humans, from IBM's Deep Blue to AlphaGo  —  We're only just beginning to scratch the surface of what artificial intelligence is capable of, from medical advancements to movie recommendations.  Despite AI being a potential goldmine …

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