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April 18, 2018, 1:40 PM

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Facebook:
Ahead of GDPR, Facebook debuts enhanced privacy controls for all users globally, starting in EU, with more choices about ads, allowing face recognition, more  —  In recent weeks we've announced several steps to give people more control over their privacy and explain how we use data.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Amazon and Best Buy announce multi-year partnership to sell smart TVs made by Toshiba and Best Buy's brand Insignia, with built-in Fire TV  —  In its quest to get more consumers to use its Fire TV products, Amazon announced an unusual partnership Wednesday: The company has teamed up with Best Buy …
Julia Alexander / Polygon:
YouTube CEO addresses demonetization and Partner Program concerns, says company will pilot a new video upload flow to decrease monetization icon changes  —  “We are working to make this faster,” Susan Wojcicki said  —  YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki today addressed ongoing frustration …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Researcher discovers public unlisted AWS storage bucket containing 48M individual records scraped from public profiles, belonging to data firm Localblox  —  Exclusive: Profile data was scraped without user consent or knowledge to “build a three-dimensional picture” on millions of people.
David Gelles / New York Times:
Interview with Marissa Mayer, her first since leaving Yahoo, on her new Lumi Labs project, time at Google, thoughts on #MeToo movement, and more  —  The former Yahoo chief is renting Google's original office, where “there's a lot of good juju,” and planning her next act.  She just won't say what it is.
Washington Post:
The IRS' system for accepting online tax returns is working again after being down most of Tuesday; tax filing deadline without penalties delayed to Wednesday  —  The Internal Revenue Service announced late Tuesday that it would let taxpayers submit tax returns without penalty through Wednesday …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google releases Chrome 66 with a slew of developer features and blocking by default for autoplaying content with sound, on Windows, Mac, Linux  —  Google today launched Chrome 66 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.  Additions in this release include autoplaying content muted by default …
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Filing with Russia's EEC database shows several unreleased iPhone models; previous filings of suspected Apple products appeared 1-2 months before official debut  —  French website Consomac has discovered a new Russian-language regulatory filing in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) …
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Amir Vahdat / Associated Press:
Iran bans all government bodies from using foreign-based messaging apps, including Telegram, which is used by over 40M Iranians  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's presidency has banned all government bodies from using foreign-based messaging apps to communicate with citizens, state media reported Wednesday …
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Profile of Lea Kissner, who leads Google's 90-person NightWatch team, which is responsible for finding potential privacy flaws in the company's products  —  Lea Kissner is back at her alma mater, the University of California at Berkeley, armed with a crisp gray blazer, a slide deck …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Counterpoint Research: in Q4 2017, iPhone X generated 35% of total worldwide smartphone profits and Apple accounted for 86% of total smartphone market profits  —  The iPhone X accounted for 35 percent of total worldwide handset profits in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to new estimates shared …

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