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March 26, 2018, 5:15 AM

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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Facebook says it logged phone call and SMS metadata via opt-in features on Messenger, Facebook Lite; some say they never installed those apps or gave permission  —  Maybe check your data archive to see if Facebook's algorithms know who you called.  —  This past week, a New Zealand man …
Ian Bogost / The Atlantic:
How every Facebook app in 2010 collected users' personal data, what devs could do with it, and why Facebook can't close the Pandora's box it opened a decade ago  —  For a spell during 2010 and 2011, I was a virtual rancher of clickable cattle on Facebook.  —  It feels like a long time ago.
BBC:
Facebook took out full-page ads, signed by Mark Zuckerberg, in several major US and UK newspapers on Sunday to apologize for Cambridge Analytica data leak  —  Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has taken out full-page adverts in several UK and US Sunday newspapers to apologise for the firm's recent data privacy scandal.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
By claiming that Facebook was not aware of a widespread misuse of user data by outside developers, Mark Zuckerberg sends a message that he thinks we are idiots  —  Surprise: Thanks to the Cambridge Analytica revelations, we're finding out that Facebook allowed a much broader and deeper prostitution …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
New complicated privacy and transparency regulations might be a mere speed bump for Facebook but an insurmountable burden for startups  —  You know what tech startups hate?  Complicated legal compliance.  The problem is, Facebook isn't a startup any more, but its competitors are.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
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
Cyberscoop:
Sources: Kaspersky's Slingshot malware report exposed counterterrorism cyber-espionage operation led by US Joint Special Operations Command  —  The U.S. government and Russian cybersecurity giant Kaspersky Lab are currently in the throes of a nasty legal fight that comes on top of a long-running feud …

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