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March 5, 2018, 5:35 PM

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Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook admits it was a mistake to run a survey this weekend that asked users what its policy should be for when adults ask underage girls for sexual images  —  Social network admits survey asking whether it should permit adults to ask 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures was a mistake
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is planning to launch high-end over-ear wireless headphones with noise canceling as early as the end of 2018 but has faced development challenges  —  Company is rapidly growing wearables and accessories segments  —  New headphones could potentially cannibalize some Beats sales
New York Times:
Google is selling US restaurant review guide Zagat, which it bought for $151M in 2011, to restaurant review company The Infatuation for an undisclosed sum  —  When Google agreed to buy Zagat for $151 million nearly seven years ago, the technology giant intended to bring the restaurant review empire into the digital age.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon is in talks with big banks including JPMorgan Chase about a checking-account-like product for those without bank accounts  —  Online giant wants to develop product that would appeal to younger customers and those without bank accounts.  —  Amazon.com Inc. AMZN .46% is in talks …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Some VCs say travels outside the Bay Area, including to Midwest, have helped them see downsides of Silicon Valley, as SF faces high levels of outward migration  —  “Oh my god, this is so cute!”  —  Robin Li, an investor with the San Francisco venture capital firm GGV Capital …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook has been testing a breaking news label for articles, is expanding that beta to 50 more publishers in Latin America, North America, Europe, Australia  —  Facebook's algorithm is terrible at surfacing breaking news, often showing urgent posts hours or even days later when more facts have since emerged or the story has changed.
Wall Street Journal:
Xiaomi Chairman Lei Jun says the company plans to enter the US smartphone market by late 2018 or early 2019  —  Chinese maker, No. 4 at home, looks to extend its Western expansion as it plans IPO to raise $10 billion or more  —  China's Xiaomi Corp. could sell smartphones in the U.S. as early as this year …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Waze's carpooling app for commuters relaunches and now allows people to choose their shared rides, as opposed to being matched blindly  —  Waze's carpooling app for commuters is relaunching with a number of new features designed to make it easier and safer to use.
More: Waze and Engadget
Jay Solomon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalist Jay Solomon lost his job as a foreign correspondent with the Wall Street Journal after being targeted by hackers who were likely state sponsored  —  How hacked emails and a yacht in Monaco ended my career  —  Off the coast of Monaco in the summers of 2014 and 2015 …

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