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Tess Townsend / Recode: Google fixes an Allo glitch that let Google Assistant reveal to friends your previous searches  —  The mobile messaging app lets you include Google Assistant in conversations.  —  Google's mobile messaging app Allo can reveal your Google search history to people you message, which could have big privacy implications.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google adds the ability to send and request money in Gmail via Google Wallet on Android in US  —  Google Wallet has been integrated into Gmail on the web since 2013, but today Google is rolling out a new integration on mobile.  Starting today, users of the Gmail app on Android will be able …

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Frank Jordans / Associated Press: Germany's justice minister introduces draft law proposing fines of up to $53M on social media companies that fail to remove hate speech  —  BERLIN (AP) — Germany's justice minister is proposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 million) for social networking sites that fail …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft Teams rolls out as a free, on-by-default feature to Office 365 business users worldwide, with 150 integrations available or coming soon  —  Microsoft's Slack competitor is rolling out to Office 365 business users worldwide starting March 14.  More features are still to come, including guest access, in late June.

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Kevin Ohannessian / Fast Company: Gaming platform Roblox raises $92M round led by Meritech Capital Partners and Index Ventures, to expand its mobile and VR offerings  —  The cash will help the popular Minecraft-like sandbox expand its mobile and VR offerings and address concerns about abuse, says its CEO.

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Nat Levy / GeekWire: Documents reveal Amazon is planning grocery pickup service for AmazonFresh in Seattle with signs like “Shop Online. Pick up here”  —  New permit documents reveal “AmazonFresh Pickup” as the planned concept for the next phase in the online giant's physical retail initiatives …

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Bloomberg: Sources: Citrix hires Goldman Sachs to find buyers including private equity firms but interest has been limited  —  Cloud-services company said to reach out to buyout firms  —  Citrix spun off GoTo business after pressure from Elliott  —  Citrix Systems Inc. is working with advisers …

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Jason Cipriani / ZDNet: Samsung to provide monthly security updates instead of quarterly for unlocked Galaxy phones in US  —  For owners of unlocked Galaxy devices, the news of monthly security updates is welcome news.  —  According to Samsung Mobile Security, the company has worked through “challenges” …

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Andrew Martonik / Android Central: Huawei Watch 2 review: looks good, dust and water-resistant, but feels cheap, and priced too high, making it a poor successor to original  —  Huawei built up a lot of good will over the past two years, only to let it slide in 2017.  —  The original Huawei Watch was a go-to choice …

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Melissa Etehad / Los Angeles Times: Once a channel for political expression in Iran, Telegram now seen by some as censorship tool; in one province, 80 channels shut down, 32 users arrested in Jan.  —  This picture taken on Sept. 15, 2016, in Paris shows an illustration of the Telegram messenger application on a smartphone.

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Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios: Okta files for IPO, looking to raise $100M, and discloses fiscal 2016 loss of $76.3M, up from $59.1M in 2015  —  Okta, a provider of cloud-based tools for business to manage employee access of software and devices, has filed for a $100 million IPO.  —  Offering details: The San Francisco …

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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press: On February 1, Verizon sought a $925M discount on Yahoo purchase, before settling for a $350M price cut, according to a regulatory filing  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Verizon initially thought the biggest data breaches in internet history merited a $925 million discount on its acquisition …

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Lauren Thomas / CNBC: Airbnb CEO says the company is about halfway through a “two-year process” to go public  —  For Airbnb, going public has always been thought of as a “two-year process,” and the company is about halfway through that process, Chief Executive Brian Chesky said at a luncheon hosted by the Economic Club of New York on Monday.

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Allegra Frank / Polygon: PlayStation Now's streaming library to expand with PlayStation 4 games this year, with a private beta rolling out in coming weeks to existing PS Now subscribers  —  PlayStation Now, Sony's game-streaming service for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, will finally receive some more current games later this year.

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Pan Kwan Yuk / Financial Times: Yext, maker of a “knowledge engine” that helps businesses sync their data across services like Google Maps, Instagram, and Siri, has filed for $100M IPO  —  Read next … Make way for another tech IPO.  —  Hot on the heels of Snap's frenzied debut, Yext …

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Christopher Williams / Telegraph: Exiled Turkish businessman Hakan Uzan buys niche luxury smartphone maker Vertu for $61.2M  —  The scion of an exiled and secretive Turkish business dynasty has bought the British smartphone maker Vertu, which targets the wealthy buyers with handsets costing up to £40,000.

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Bloomberg: Backlog of pending bitcoin transactions up fivefold from last year, as some big miners back “Bitcoin Unlimited” upgrade plan, at risk of hard forking blockchain  —  ‘Bitcoin Unlimited’ gains support of world's largest miner  —  Opponents say move could split bitcoin into two currencies

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Matt Peckham / TIME: Amid reports of Joy-Con sync and other issues, Nintendo says Switch has had “no widespread technical problems” since launch  —  Nintendo's new transformable game tablet, the Switch, has been in the wild for nearly a week (the hybrid TV/handheld launched on March 3 for $299).

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Kate Conger / TechCrunch: Under pressure from ACLU, Facebook updates its platform policies to explicitly prohibit devs from using Facebook or Instagram data in surveillance tools  —  In response to pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, Color of Change and the Center for Media Justice …

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Andrew Liptak / The Verge: Google's Area 120 startup incubator debuts Uptime, a group video messaging app for iOS, currently invite only, that lets you watch and share videos with friends  —  Experiments!  —  Last year, Google opened a startup incubator called Area 120, which was designed to let employees us …

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Kim Zetter / The Intercept: RAND study: 200 privately discovered zero-day flaws lasted an average of 6.9 years before public disclosure  —  Photo illustration by The Intercept.  JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images.  —  A new report from Rand Corp. may help shed light on the government's arsenal of malicious software …

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Todd Spangler / Variety: Marissa Mayer to get $23M severance package; Thomas McInerney, former CFO of Barry Diller's IAC, to take over as CEO of Altaba following Verizon deal close  —  Marissa Mayer, who is set to lose her job as Yahoo CEO following the closing of the Verizon acquisition of the internet company's operating businesses …

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Micah Singleton / The Verge: Pandora launches premium on-demand music streaming service for $10 a month, invites rolling out to Pandora Plus users initially starting March 15  —  Just over 15 months after Pandora acquired key assets from Rdio, and three months after it announced its plans, the company is ready to launch …

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Austen Hufford / Wall Street Journal: Intel to buy Mobileye, maker of chip-based camera systems for semi-automated driving, for $15.3B at $63.54 a share, a 34% premium to its Friday closing price  —  Deal marks latest investment by a technology company in the future of self-driving cars  —  Intel Corp. on Monday said it struck …

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Omri Zerachovitz / Haaretz: Sources: Intel is buying Israeli company Mobileye, which makes driver assistance systems used by traditional car makers, for $15B  —  Technology giant Intel is purchasing Israeli company Mobileye for 14-15 billion dollars, in the biggest deal in the history of the Israel's high-tech industry, sources told Themarker.

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