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Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal: Report: US digital ad spend to rise 16% in 2017 to $83B, as ad revenue of Snapchat to rise 158%, Facebook by 32%, Google by 15%, and Twitter to drop by 4.7%  —  Snapchat poised for “explosive growth” but will remain a small piece of the entire digital ad pie, according to eMarketer's forecast

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Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg: Sources: Former Google Ventures CEO Bill Maris to launch Section 32, a $100M VC fund, within next two months  —  Flip flop comes after pulling plug on bigger fund in December  —  Maris will be sole investor; keep focus on health, biotech  —  Bill Maris, the former chief executive officer …

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Shona Ghosh / Business Insider: Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Cisco file amicus brief to help Google in its fight against a court order to hand over emails stored on a foreign server  —  Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Cisco have filed an amicus brief in support of Google, after a Pennsylvania court ruled that the company …

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Brian Womack / Bloomberg: Source: Department of Justice to indict four people, one in Canada and three in Russia, in connection with 2013 Yahoo data breach  —  U.S. officials are planning to issue indictments related to the hacking attacks against Yahoo! Inc., according to a person briefed on the matter.

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Nicole Casal Moore / University of Michigan News: Researchers show how sound waves can exploit accelerometer vulnerabilities in a wide range of tech including IoT, cars, medical devices, and phones  —  ANN ARBOR—Sound waves could be used to hack into critical sensors in a broad array of technologies including smartphones, automobiles …

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Lauren Zumbach / Chicago Tribune: Vibrator maker We-Vibe offers to pay $3.75M for tracking users' sexual activity and agrees to stop collecting personal data to settle class action suit  —  A Chicago woman says an app connected to her personal massage device sent private information to the manufacturer.

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Best Buy prices Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 at $599.99 including S Pen stylus, lists keyboard separately for $129.99  —  The Galaxy Tab S3 was announced last month  —  Samsung unveiled an iPad Pro competitor called the Galaxy Tab S3 last month.  But while it showed off everything about the tablet …

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac: Apple found guilty of price-fixing iPhones in Russia, could be fined up to 15% of of Russian sales  —  Last August, Russia opened an investigation into Apple over alleged price-fixing related to the iPhone.  At the time, Apple denied any involvement and said that “retailers set their own prices” for the products.

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Kelly Fiveash / Ars Technica UK: Facebook says moderation “was not working” in response to BBC probe of sexualized photos of children on FB, where 82 of 100 reported posts were not removed  —  Twitter, Google, and Facebook scolded over lax response to online abuse.  —  Facebook has claimed that it tweaked …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft adds LinkedIn co-founder Hoffman to its board  —  Microsoft is continuing to bring its LinkedIn integration deeper into the fold with the appointment of its co-founder Reid Hoffman, to the Microsoft board of directors.  —  Microsoft has added LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman to its board of directors.

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Liza Mundy / The Atlantic: Efforts to tackle Silicon Valley's sexist culture, including unconscious bias training, are helping but need to go further to break apart the “boys' club”  —  One weekday morning in 2007, Bethanye Blount came into work early to interview a job applicant.

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors: Apple hires respected forensics and security expert Jonathan Zdziarski for its Security Engineering and Architecture team  —  iPhone forensics expert, security researcher, and former jailbreak community developer Jonathan Zdziarski today announced he has accepted a position with Apple's Security Engineering and Architecture team.

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land: Google adds “Upsetting-Offensive” tag for its quality raters to use in flagging search results; Google engineer says “demonstrably inaccurate” info is a target  —  Google is undertaking a new effort to better identify content that is potentially upsetting or offensive to searchers.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Delivery management platform Bringg raises $10M Series B led by Aleph VC, to help any business have faster, more transparent on-demand delivery  —  Bringg, a startup taking advantage of the shift toward faster, more transparent on-demand delivery, has raised an additional $10 million in Series B funding …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Snapchat launches widget chat shortcuts, made with Bitmoji avatars, for iOS Today screen and Android homescreen  —  Snapchat is doubling down on private messaging as Instagram and Facebook Messenger clone and steal usage from its Stories feature.  —  Now you can instantly start chatting with your best friends on Snapchat.

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BBC: Facebook says moderation “was not working” in response to BBC probe of sexualized photos of children on FB, where 82 of 100 reported posts were not removed  —  A Facebook executive has admitted to MPs its moderating process “was not working” following a BBC investigation.

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Steve Dent / Engadget: Spotify and Waze integrate to enable navigating with Waze from within Spotify, and to make Spotify playlists accessible from within Waze  —  Drivers use their smartphone for both navigation and music, so why not put the two together?  Waze and Spotify have announced that they've done just that …

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Reuters: Euronet Worldwide bids $1B+ for MoneyGram, topping the ~$880M offer from January made by Ant Financial, Alibaba's financial services affiliate  —  U.S. electronics payments provider Euronet Worldwide Inc said on Tuesday it offered to buy money-transfer company MoneyGram International Inc …

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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch: Evrythng, the Internet of Things platform for smart products, raises $24.8M Series B led by San Francisco-based Sway Ventures  —  Evrythng, the Internet of Things (IoT) smart products platform that gives any physical object a so-called “digital identity,” has closed a $24.8 million Series B funding.

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Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal: A year after leaving Zenefits, Parker Conrad launches HR startup Rippling to help firms staff up, raises $7M from SV Angel, Khosla Ventures, others  —  The former chief executive of software maker Zenefits has launched a new startup that already may be on a collision course with his old company.

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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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