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March 26, 2018, 5:25 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 …
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.
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
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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
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 …
Camila Russo / Bloomberg:
Coinbase announces intent to support Ethereum-based ERC20 tokens, paving “the way for supporting ERC20 assets across Coinbase products in the future”  —  Coinbase Inc., which owns one of the largest U.S. cryptocurrency trading platforms, is opening the door to offering digital tokens based on the Ethereum network.
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 …
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.

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