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April 12, 2018, 8:10 AM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Highlights from second hearing: Zuckerberg is asked how Facebook tracks people around the web and whether minors should have additional privacy protections  —  These members of Congress did their homework  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made his second of two appearances before Congress on Wednesday …
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Author discovers Facebook keeps a permanent record of friends that users delete, and many advertisers he had not interacted with had his contact information  —  When I downloaded a copy of my Facebook data last week, I didn't expect to see much.  My profile is sparse, I rarely post anything on the site, and I seldom click on ads.
Brian Barrett / Wired:
From two days of hearings, a list of all the 43 things Mark Zuckerberg said he or his team will follow up on for Congress  —  MARK ZUCKERBERG VISITED Capitol Hill this week, spending hours answering questions from Congress about privacy, Russia, algorithms, and more.  Also: not answering those questions.
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Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple cuts orders as HomePod inventory piles up; analysts say weekly HomePod sales slipped to ~4% in smart speaker category three weeks after launch  —  Inventory is piling up, according to some Apple store workers  —  Low sales push company to cut orders with manufacturer
Nico Grant / Bloomberg:
IDC reports global PC shipments in Q1 2018 remain unchanged YoY; Gartner found a 1.4% decline due to weaker sales in Asia; HP holds on to top PC vendor spot  —  Commercial upgrades of desktops and laptops buttressed demand  —  Dell saw the greatest shipment boost of all major vendors
Shirley Halperin / Variety:
Apple promotes Oliver Schusser to vice president of Apple Music & International Content, as Music surpasses 40M paid subscribers worldwide  —  Oliver Schusser is promoted to head of Apple Music Worldwide, reporting to Eddy Cue.  — Fleetwood Mac to Tour With Neil Finn …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram says it's building a tool for downloading “a copy of what you've shared on Instagram”, following Facebook, amid criticism of lack of portability  —  Yesterday we reported that Instagram lacked data portability, knocking the app for the absence of an equivalent to Facebook's Download Your Information too.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Julian Wheatland, chairman of Cambridge Analytica's British affiliate, named company CEO; acting CEO Alex Tayler returns to role as chief data officer  —  Shakeup comes in wake of video showing company discussing entrapment tactics in political campaigns
Reuters:
Czech cybersecurity and antivirus firm Avast plans London IPO, seeking around $200M at a ~$4B valuation  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Avast, the world's largest consumer antivirus supplier by customers, said on Thursday it will apply to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: Snap is testing a commerce feature allowing users to swipe on publishers' Discover channels to buy products from the Snap Store  —  Snap has been stepping up efforts to curry favor with publishers, especially as publishers continue to feel the impact of Facebook's news feed changes.

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