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March 28, 2018, 1:35 PM

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Facebook:
Facebook introduces new Privacy Shortcuts menu, simplified settings menu on mobile, and tools to find, download, and delete your Facebook data  —  Last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies and help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data.
New York Times:
Documents reveal that a Palantir Technologies employee, in his personal capacity, suggested to Cambridge Analytica to use a mobile app to harvest Facebook data  —  As a start-up called Cambridge Analytica sought to harvest the Facebook data of tens of millions of Americans in summer 2014 …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook will not unveil its smart speakers at F8 while it deals with data misuse scandal, but still plans to launch speakers later this year  —  Social network had hoped to show off devices at F8 in May  —  Company still plans to launch products later this year
Ryne Hager / Android Police:
Google starts blocking uncertified Android devices from using its core apps, will allow exceptions for custom ROMs  —  Google has always controlled which devices ship with its proprietary GApps—a package that includes such necessities as the Play Store and Google Play Services.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Sources: Trump is “obsessed” with Amazon, with his antipathy surfacing when discussing tax policy or antitrust cases; he is not concerned about Facebook  —  Capitol Hill wants Facebook's blood, but President Trump isn't interested.  Instead, the tech behemoth Trump wants to go after is Amazon …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft launches open source tool for developers to create custom Linux distribution packages for Windows 10  —  After starting with Ubuntu, Microsoft has added a number of Linux distributions to its Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Linux runtime environment.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Credit Karma is getting a $500M secondary investment from Silver Lake at a valuation of $4B, as it seeks to expand its product line  —  Credit Karma, which once started as a simple credit report system and is now looking to expand into a true financial assistant, announced today it is getting …
Aditi Shah / Reuters:
Sources: Uber met Ola executives at least twice over the last 12 months and suggested a potential merger between the two companies  —  NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Uber's decision to exit Southeast Asia, where it was bleeding money, should give the global ride-hailing giant more firepower to focus on India …
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
Docker founder and CTO Solomon Hykes is leaving the company, citing need for new enterprise-focused CTO  —  Solomon Hykes, who as Docker founder and chief technical officer laid the groundwork for one of the most quickly adopted enterprise computing technologies ever developed, is leaving the company.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Google says it will acquire GIF platform Tenor, which is integrated into a variety of keyboards and messaging apps like Facebook Messenger  —  Google will be acquiring Tenor, which powers a variety of GIF keyboards on phones and messengers like Facebook Messenger, the companies announced today.

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