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January 19, 2019, 9:50 AM

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Washington Post:
Sources: FTC commissioners have met to consider a record fine against Facebook for potentially violating a 2011 consent decree about user privacy  —  U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook for violating a legally binding agreement with the government …
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Sources: Snap fires security chief over secret relationship with a consultant and pushes out his boss, the head of HR, amid multiple departures in recent months  —  Snap's global security chief has been fired after an internal investigation found that he had an undisclosed relationship …
Financial Times:
Sources: Spotify plans to launch a ~$100 voice-controlled in-car music player with preset buttons that correspond to Spotify playlists later this year  —  Spotify has a new target as it makes a break for independence from devices made by Apple, Google and Amazon: the car dashboard.
Biz Carson / Forbes:
Profile of an angel investor and Code.org co-founder Ali Partovi, who now manages Neo, a fund that matches talented young engineers with tech industry veterans  —  s venture capitalists mingled with members of the Golden State Warriors at a fall 2016 cocktail party, tech investor Ali Partovi scrambled to find something to talk about.
Julia Reda:
EU's copyright reform with “link tax” and “upload filters” suffers a setback as 11 member states vote against the proposal, making adoption in May less likely  —  Today, Council firmly rejected the negotiating mandate that was supposed to set out Member States' position ahead …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Max Schrems files GDPR complaints against Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, others for failing to provide required info about data they collect on users  —  European privacy campaigner Max Schrems has filed a fresh batch of strategic complaints at tech giants, including Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Spotify and YouTube.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Airbnb held informal talks to buy discounted hotel booking app HotelTonight; HotelTonight was valued at $463M in a March 2017 funding round  —  A deal would give the home-sharing company more inventory and help it move into hotel bookings  —  Airbnb Inc. has held talks …

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