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March 26, 2018, 3:55 PM

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Sara Salinas / CNBC:
FTC says it has an open non-public probe into Facebook's privacy practices; a violation of consent decree signed in 2011 could carry a penalty of $40K/violation  —  The FTC confirmed Monday it's investigating Facebook and its data practices in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google unveils $329 Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first Chrome OS tablet, with a 9.7" 2048x1536 display and Wacom EMR stylus that slides into device, coming April  —  Ahead of Apple's education-focused event tomorrow, which in itself is a reaction to the dominance of Chromebooks in schools …
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Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
Uber CEO says they spent $700M in Southeast Asia before deal with Grab; source: Uber feels confident enough in India and Middle East to not retreat from there  —  As part of the deal, Uber will get a 27.5 percent stake in the company and CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will join the Grab board.
Bloomberg:
Grab to acquire all of Uber's operations in Southeast Asia, including UberEats; Uber gets 27.5% stake in Grab, and Uber CEO will join Grab's board  —  Grab to buy ride-sharing, food delivery businesses in region  —  Uber gets 27.5% stake in rival, CEO to join Grab's board
David Meyer / Fortune:
Leader of hacker gang known as Carbanak, who used malware attacks to steal €1B+ from banks and ATMs, caught in Spain  —  For the past five years, a gang of hackers known as Carbanak has been targeting banks around the world, stealing well over $1 billion in total.
John Koblin / New York Times:
Since October, Apple has signed 12 TV projects, nine of them “straight-to-series”; sources say the company aims to roll them out between March and summer 2019  —  Known for its bold designs and its big marketing campaigns, Apple relishes its status as a dominant force in the corporate world.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google starts using the mobile version of webpages for indexing on more sites that “follow the best practices”  —  Google today announced it has started rolling out mobile-first indexing for its search results.  The company is migrating sites that follow best practices for mobile …
Roman / infosec.rm-it.de:
iOS camera app bug means maliciously-crafted QR codes can prompt notification previewing a completely different URL destination, was reported to Apple on Dec 23  —  I've learned recently that the iOS 11 camera app will now automatically scan QR codes and interpret them.
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Sources: Canadian data firm AggregateIQ created election software platform marketed by Cambridge Analytica, raising UK election law questions around payments  —  A little-known Canadian data firm ensnared by an international investigation into alleged wrongdoing during the Brexit campaign created …
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Fitbit Versa review: 4-day battery in compact design, tracks lots of data, but it has poor notification support, data isn't shared with helpful third-party apps  —  The Versa is better than Fitbit's earlier smartwatches, but it still has issues  —  Fitbit needs a win.

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