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March 25, 2019, 4:50 PM

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Kim Zetter / Motherboard:
Kaspersky: ASUS pushed a malicious backdoor to ~500K Windows machines for at least five months last year, after its live software update tool was compromised  —  The Taiwan-based tech giant ASUS is believed to have pushed the malware to hundreds of thousands of customers through …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Apple unveils Apple Card, a Mastercard credit card with 3% cashback on Apple purchases, 2% on Apple Pay transactions, coming to the US this summer  —  Today, Apple announced... a credit card.  The Apple Card is designed for the iPhone and will work with the Wallet app.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: YouTube has canceled plans for high-end dramas and comedies as it pulls back from earlier plans for a paid service with Hollywood-quality shows  —  - Google video unit is said to cancel plans for high-end series  — Executive Susanne Daniels is said to be looking to move on
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Apple launches Apple News+ in US and Canada, a subscription service with news pubs like WSJ and 300+ mags, for $9.99/month and free sharing with family accounts  —  The new subscription service is launching in the US and Canada today  —  Apple has just revealed its new Apple News Plus service …
William Gallagher / AppleInsider:
Apple announces Apple TV+, its new ad-free streaming service with original content from Spielberg, JJ Abrams, and others, coming to 100+ countries in the fall  —  At Apple's March special event, Apple has revealed its much-awaited Apple TV Channels streaming video service to the world …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple announces Apple TV Channels, an on-demand, ad-free TV service with offline viewing in a new Apple TV app, coming in May to Mac, smart TVs, Roku, Fire TV  —  After years of speculation and on-again, off-again rumors, Apple has finally unveiled its biggest push into streaming video: Apple TV Plus.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Apple announces an ad-free game subscription service, Apple Arcade, bundling 100+ paid offline-playable iPhone and iPad games, coming this fall, pricing TBD  —  Apple wants to tilt the balance from ad-laden freemium gaming titles towards upfront gaming experiences that can be downloaded across platforms on iOS and macOS.
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Telegram debuts anonymous sending, which strips forwarded messages of author's info; now lets users delete messages from both sender's and recipient's devices  —  To further increase privacy, Telegram announced today that they have added a feature that allows users to delete any message …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Report: Nintendo could launch two new Switch consoles this year, a high-end model aimed at serious gamers and a cheaper model with a focus on portability  —  Nintendo might launch two new Switches as early as this summer, reports the WSJ.  As previously rumored, one would likely be a smaller …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The history of Medium, told through a timeline of tweets, articles, and Ev Williams' own statements about the site  —  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  Fool me seven times, well...how much money do you have, again?  —  Less than a year after Medium abruptly canceled …
Ryne Hager / Android Police:
Google rolling out public event creation to some Google Maps users on Android  —  Yesterday, we spotted a new bit of documentation on the Google Maps Help site: a page detailing the process to add a public event through the Google Maps Android app.  The feature is even live right now …

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