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March 28, 2018, 10:50 AM

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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.
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
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 …
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
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.
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.
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.
Kerry Flynn / Mashable:
Latest Snapchat beta features a “Connected Apps” tab, hinting that Snap, like Facebook, will enable sharing of user data with third-party apps  —  As Facebook users are uninstalling apps they connected long ago via Facebook log-in, Snapchat may be pushing for its community to do the exact opposite.
More: 9to5Mac and Recode
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
Uber says it will not renew its self-driving permit in California and that it has suspended testing in Pittsburgh, Toronto and San Francisco  —  Uber plans to end all self-driving-car testing in California, according to a letter from the state Department of Motor Vehicles to the company.

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