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February 13, 2019, 12:05 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple's upcoming paid news service runs into resistance from major publishers as Apple seeks about a 50% cut and likely won't share subscriber data  —  Apple plans to keep about 50% of subscription revenue from ‘Netflix for news’ service, likely won't share customer data with publishers
John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
Sources say Apple plans to hold a special “services focused” event on March 25 at the Steve Jobs Theater on its Apple Park campus  —  The company is expected to show off a long-rumored news subscription service.  —  Reporting From San Francisco, CA
Michael Futter / Variety:
Activision Blizzard announces record $1.8B net income in 2018, but says it is laying off 8%, or ~800 of its staff, amid internal changes and unmet expectations  —  UPDATED: Activision Blizzard is laying off approximately 775 people — 8% of its 9,600-person staff — as it refocuses its efforts …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Jack Dorsey and Kara Swisher's live Twitter interview could have been a great conversation, but Twitter's live chat limitations made it hard to follow  —  Kara Swisher's live-tweeted interview with Jack Dorsey highlighted some of Twitter's product issues.  —  Twitter wants to be the place …
Chris Williams / The Register:
Hacker claims to have posted ~617M online account details stolen from 16 hacked companies for sale on the dark web; MyHeritage and 500px confirm stolen data  —  Dubsmash, Armor Games, 500px, Whitepages, ShareThis, and more said to be up for grabs for $$$s in BTC
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Amazon's acquisition of eero is met with concerns over data privacy and disappointment that eero will integrate with the tech giant's own ecosystem  —  Consternation, concern, and exhaustion  —  Amazon sure does love surprises.  The original Echo came as a bolt out of the blue …
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Max Willens / Digiday:
TechCrunch launches a $15/month membership tier, Extra Crunch, offering exclusive content and perks like access to a community of founders and vertical experts  —  TechCrunch has spent nearly 15 years covering the technology and startup worlds.  This week it will try to forge a new kind of relationship with those communities.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Investigation: dozens of porn and gambling apps found using iOS Enterprise Certificates to get to users outside the App Store, violating Apple's terms  —  Facebook and Google were far from the only developers openly abusing Apple's Enterprise Certificate program meant for companies offering employee-only apps.
Williams Pelegrin / Android Authority:
Huawei's Watch GT, with 1.39" circular AMOLED display, GPS, heart rate monitor, and running LiteOS, is available via Amazon in the US for $199.99  —  It's been a few months since Huawei announced the Watch GT, but folks in the U.S. can now pick up the company's latest smartwatch for a penny under two Benjamins.
Sean Captain / Fast Company:
DoorDash says 15% of customers leave no tip, the next 45% contribute less than half of “guaranteed amount”, and 80% of contractors are happy with the pay system  —  In its ideal world, food-delivery service DoorDash would pay its contractors almost nothing-relying on customer tips to cover most of the fee quoted for a job.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Reddit's latest user stats, showing 330M MAUs, gives an average revenue per user of approximately $0.30, far lower than the other major social networks  —  - With 330 million monthly active users and revenue of about $100 million, according to sources, the company is generating an estimated $0.30 per user.

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