March 6, 2018, 10:20 AM

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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.
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.
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Bumble updates policy to ban firearm images and will use ~5K moderators to remove gun-related content, won't censor images appearing in users' Instagram feeds  —  A few swipes into the popular dating app Bumble, and the diversity of interests is obvious: Users post photos of themselves swinging …
Simon Sharwood / The Register:
Analysis finds WordPress powers 30% of the top 10M websites, nearly 10x the market share of its nearest competitor Joomla, which has a 3.1% share  —  Open source dominates the content management system market  —  The web-watchers at W3Techs have just noted a milestone: WordPress now accounts for 30 per cent of the world's web sites.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: used car site Vroom, which had raised ~$320M, lays off 25%-50% staff and halts Dallas and Indiana operations  —  Vroom, an on-demand car buying and selling startup that has raised over $300 million in venture funding, has hit a bump in the road.  TechCrunch has learned and confirmed …
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 …
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google's search app for iOS adds an extension for iMessage in US, a Safari share sheet option to see related content suggestions, and iPad drag and drop support  —  Google Search is now available within iMessage.  In an effort to more deeply integrate Google's search engine on iOS devices …
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Sony, Nikon, Foxconn with startup Scenera form Network of Intelligent Camera Ecosystem, an alliance to develop a proprietary framework for smart cameras  —  A quintet of companies hopes it can make your next internet-linked security camera as smart and as adaptable as your smartphone is.
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