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March 5, 2018, 11:50 PM

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Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook admits error in sending survey that asked how users would handle policy on adults asking kids for sexual images, says child grooming is prohibited  —  Social network admits survey asking whether it should permit adults to ask 14-year-old girl for sexual pictures was a mistake
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
MoviePass CEO says its app tracks user locations before and after movies, which is not information currently disclosed in the company's privacy policy  —  Everyone knew the MoviePass deal is too good to be true — and as is so often the case these days, it turns out you're not the customer, you're the product.
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 …
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.
Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:
Washington becomes first state to enact its own net neutrality protections as its bill is signed into law; 25+ states have introduced net neutrality bills  —  Internet providers will be required to treat all lawful content the same in Washington state under a landmark net neutrality law that just became official.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Reddit on Russian propaganda: hundreds of accounts removed, few Russian ads were seen and are now disallowed, @TEN_GOP tweets amplified by “thousands” on Reddit  —  Reddit didn't find any Russian ads about the 2016 election, but there was plenty of non-ad content being shared.
Salvador Rodriguez / Reuters:
Microsoft says it will offer a new on-premises Azure service to government clients in mid-2018, a combined offering of Azure Stack and Azure Government  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp on Monday said it will soon make it possible for government clients to run its cloud technology …
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
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 …
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Coinbase hires Emilie Choi, who did 40+ deals during her tenure as head of M&A at LinkedIn, as its VP of corporate and business development  —  A cryptocurrency company could do some fairly outside-the-box acquisitions.  —  Coinbase, the cryptocurrency trading platform …
Rachel Lerman / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft's “boomerang employees”, former employees that return, have risen since Nadella became CEO from ~12% of all hires to 13%-16%, or about 2,200 people  —  The number of employees returning to Microsoft for a second job stint rose after Satya Nadella took over as CEO.
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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 …

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