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March 21, 2019, 10:15 AM

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launches Windows Virtual Desktop in public preview and Microsoft Defender ATP for macOS in limited preview  —  Microsoft today made a slew of announcements to help IT pros reduce costs, increase security, and boost employee productivity.  The headline items are the launch …
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.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Microsoft says support for Windows 7, which makes up 40% of desktop market, will end Jan. 14, 2020; enterprise customers can pay for extended support until 2023  —  Microsoft has rolled out a patch that will warn Windows 7 users that security updates will soon come to an end.
Guy Rosen / Facebook:
Facebook says it blocked 800+ visually distinct variants of NZ shooting video, in contrast to ISIS-style propaganda which is not rebroadcast or reshared widely  —  We continue to keep the people, families and communities affected by the tragedy in New Zealand in our hearts.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Four European Wikipedia sites are blocking access and directing users to contact their EU representatives on March 21 to protest the copyright directive  —  Sites including Reddit, Twitch, and PornHub are also encouraging users in the EU to contact local politicians
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 …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple iPad mini (2019) review: same specs as larger iPad, headphone jack, and solid performance, but has huge bezels and a Lightning port instead of USB-C  —  Sometimes smaller is better  —  People who love the iPad mini really, really love the iPad mini.
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 …
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.
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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 …
Eugene Kim / CNBC:
Amazon vendors say Amazon is more aggressively blocking ads of unprofitable products and telling them to lower wholesale prices for ads to be reinstated  —  - In recent months, Amazon has been more aggressively enforcing its policy of suspending ads if the product being promoted doesn't make money.
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 …
Jessica Conditt / Engadget:
Epic says Fortnite has 250M registered players, up from 200M in December, releases a free cross-platform SDK to help developers launch, operate, and scale games  —  When Tim Sweeney built ZZT in 1991, he didn't know how to program graphics.  Instead of coding actual characters and objects into his game …
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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