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Jeff John Roberts / Fortune: CyberGRX, a startup that vets third-party suppliers on their cybersecurity practices, raises $20M Series B led by Bessemer  —  CyberGRX believes it has solved a security problem that has long vexed many companies: How to ensure that third-party suppliers don't provide a way for hackers to attack their networks?

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Nick Pappageorge / CB Insights: Amazon building new business pillars in AI, next-gen logistics, and enterprise cloud, a deep dive into firms's M&A, investment, jobs, patent, other data shows  —  Seattle-based Amazon is doubling down on AWS and its AI assistant, Alexa.  It's seeking to become the central provider for AI-as-a-service.

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The Verge: How H-1B visa program has become a gateway for companies to replace US tech staff with foreign workers earning less and receiving fewer benefits  —  In the summer of 2014, Craig Diangelo thought he was on the path to an easy retirement.  A veteran of the tech industry, Diangelo got his start as a Cobalt programmer in the 1970s.

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Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table: As MakeSpace announces $30M Series C, a look at the logistics tech underlying the on-demand storage service  —  Just over a year ago I wrote about how MakeSpace had raised $17.5 million in capital to build out its operations in 4 cities: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C …

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Nicole Perlroth / New York Times: Russian hacker Roman Seleznev sentenced to 27 years for theft, sale of 2M+ CC numbers resulting in $170M+ in losses, the longest hacking-related sentence in US  —  Federal prosecutors have yet to capture or convict the foreign computer criminals believed to be behind the hackings of big retailers like Target and Neiman Marcus.

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Ari Levy / CNBC: Groq, a stealth startup founded by Google Tensor Processing Unit project engineers and Chamath Palihapitiya, has raised $10.3M  —  Google has slowly been pulling back the curtain on homegrown silicon that could define the future of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

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Pan Yue / China Money Network: Beijing-based SenseTime, which develops facial recognition tech, announces $60M round led by Sailing Capital; company had revealed a $120M round in December  —  Sailing Capital International (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a RMB-denominated investment and loan fund created under the support …

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Alexandra Vaidos / Softpedia News: IHS estimates Samsung's Galaxy S8, on sale starting at $720, costs $307.50 to make, $43.34 more than the it cost to manufacture the Galaxy S7  —  The Galaxy S8 bill of materials reaches $301.60  —  Samsung's Galaxy S8 is more expensive than last year's Galaxy S7, because its internals have higher prices than its predecessor.

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Ben Fox Rubin / CNET: Verizon delays Bixby Amazon shopping feature in Samsung Galaxy S8  —  A new camera feature on the Galaxy S8 that recognizes bar codes and products was delayed on Verizon phones.  —  The Samsung Galaxy S8 launched today, but Verizon customers won't be getting the phone's full experience just yet.

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Duncan Riley / SiliconANGLE: Machine learning data management startup SafeGraph raises $16M Series A from IDG Ventures and 100+ high-profile individual investors  —  San Francisco-based machine learning data management startup SafeGraph Inc. has raised a $16 million funding round led by IDG Ventures USA but including …

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Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed: Waymo Says Uber Concealed A Secret Technology It Copied From Waymo From The Court  —  An Uber self-driving Volvo drives in Pittsburgh Friday, March 17, 2017.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  —  Waymo, Alphabet's autonomous car company, alleged in a court filing on Friday that Uber has been developing a secret …

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Mark Bergen / Bloomberg: Sources: Google and partners in Coalition for Better Ads are working on a tool designed for publishers to filter some ads; IAB head says tool isn't ad blocker  —  A Chrome feature to filter ads is coming — just don't call it an ad-blocker.  —  After seven months of work …

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: Sources: Facebook is offering publishers a monthly sum in exchange for a minimum amount of produced video, to host mid-roll ads  —  The new deals include a mix of both live and produced video commitments.  —  Facebook wants to pay publishers to create more produced video as part of a plan …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: YouTube says 12M videos, including those with LGBTQ+ topics, are now available in Restricted Mode after fix, adds way to report videos wrongly excluded  —  YouTube today claims to have fixed an issue with its service that was causing it to incorrectly filter content in “Restricted Mode” …

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William Alden / BuzzFeed: Sources: after performing some pilot work, Palantir never signed full-fledged contract with NSA; Palantir CEO called CIA “recalcitrant” in 2015 staff meeting  —  Palantir Technologies, the Silicon Valley data company co-founded by billionaire investor Peter Thiel …

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Richard Lai / Engadget: Huawei admits it uses slower flash memory chips in some P10 smartphones due to supply constraints  —  Memory speed isn't always something that one would pay attention to when buying a smartphone, or at least you'd expect the latest flagships to come with the fastest options available at the time …

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Sam Kim / Bloomberg: Netmarble Games prices IPO in Korea, raising as much as $2.3B and valuing company at $11B+  —  A successful IPO would be South Korea's biggest since 2010  —  Korean game publisher's titles include Lineage 2 Revolution  —  Netmarble Games Corp. will raise as much as $2.3 billion after pricing …

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Agam Shah / PCWorld: Qualcomm CEO: first Windows 10 PC with Snapdragon 835 is scheduled for Q4 2017  —  But don't expect a flood of Windows 10 PCs based on ARM chips  —  If you want a Windows 10 PC that doesn't have an x86 chip from Intel or AMD, your wish will be granted in the fourth quarter.

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Bloomberg: Sources: Apple hired two executives who worked on satellites at Google, held talks with Boeing about investment or partnership in Boeing's satellite venture  —  Apple said to have held talks about investing in Boeing satellite broadband project  —  After revolutionizing phones …

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Jessica Davies / Digiday: The Guardian confirms it has stopped publishing its articles to Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles  —  Publishers aren't happy with the deal platforms are cutting them.  Now, the Guardian has dropped both Facebook's fast-loading Instant Article format and removed its content from Apple News.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Duolingo launches $10/mo subscription option with no ads and downloads for language lessons  —  Earlier this week, the popular language learning service Duolingo quietly introduced paid monthly subscriptions in its Android apps.  —  Subscribers get two benefits: they won't see ads in the app …

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Daniel Rubino / Windows Central: Leaked document shows recommended minimum specs for Windows 10 Cloud OS devices: quad-core Celeron or better CPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 40 WHr+ battery  —  A new low-cost Surface device and Windows 10 Cloud OS combo could do some serious damage to Google's Chromebook ambitions in U.S. schools.

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Alex Barnsbee / IOActive Labs Research: Researchers find 10 vulnerabilities in 20+ Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers; Linksys issues security advisory to mitigate risks until new firmware is available  —  Last year I acquired a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi router, more specifically the EA3500 Series.  I chose Linksys (previously owned by Cisco …

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Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat: Quora raises $85M round led by Y Combinator to expand internationally and develop its ads business; CEO Adam D'Angelo says the platform has 190M monthly uniques  —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  Quora is known for being an under-the-radar company.  But in an exclusive interview with VentureBeat …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Sansung and Google partner to make Google Play Music the default music service on new Samsung phones and tablets worldwide, starting with Galaxy S8 and S8+  —  Samsung and Google today announced a new partnership that will make Google Play Music the default music player and music service including …

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