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February 13, 2019, 9:50 PM

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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Apple plans an April or May launch date for its video streaming service, but Netflix won't participate and HBO hasn't committed  —  - Apple is targeting April to debut a new streaming product that will include original content free for Apple device owners and a platform to subscribe to other digital media services.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple will unveil both its video and news subscription offerings at a March 25 event  —  - Company also plans to unveil news service at March 25 event  — New subscription offerings may boost revenue of key segment  —  Apple Inc. is planning to unveil video …
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
SEC charges Gene Levoff, Apple's ex-VP of Corporate Law, with insider trading, alleging he traded on earnings info in 2015 and 2016; Levoff was fired in Sept.  —  - Gene Levoff, senior director of corporate law and corporate secretary until September, “traded on material nonpublic information …
Kate Fazzini / CNBC:
Google says it will spend $13B this year on expanding data centers and offices across the US, adding a new office in Virginia as it doubles its workforce there  —  - Google doubled capital spending in 2018, but CFO Ruth Porat said that should “moderate” this year.
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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Instagram says it expects to resolve an issue causing follower number changes for some users by 9am PST Thursday; some reported thousands of followers lost  —  Instagram confirmed today that an issue has been causing some accounts' follower numbers to change.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
In filing to CA's DMV, Apple says its test drivers disengaged its self driving vehicles' autonomous mode about once per mile, compared to Waymo's ~11,017 miles  —  - California disengagement report suggests company is lagging  — Tech giant has worked on the technology for about three years
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Twitter says it is testing a pop-up menu to view previews of profiles without leaving the timeline in its iOS app  —  Twitter announced today that it is testing a new way to quickly preview profiles in its iOS app.  With this change, you can now get a quick glimpse at another user's profile without having …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
US DOJ charges former Air Force counter-intel officer Monica Witt with aiding Iranian cyber operations against the US and sanctions two Iranian companies  —  Prosecutors have brought charges against a former Air Force officer for allegedly spying for Iran, the Justice Department confirmed Wednesday.
James Vincent / The Verge:
EU negotiations on Copyright Directive overhaul come to a close, with Article 11 and 13 largely intact; legislation now heads to EU Parliament for approval  —  The hated Articles 11 and 13 remain intact after final efforts to remove them failed  —  Last-minute negotiations over the wording …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple has informed members of its Developer Program that they must enable two-factor authentication on their accounts by Feb. 27  —  Apple today has informed members of its Developer Program that they must enable two-factor authentication on their account by the end of this month.
More: MacRumors and Neowin
Kate Fazzini / CNBC:
After the Equifax breach, experts are puzzled about why data from 143M Americans didn't end up for sale online; one theory suggests a nation-state is using it  —  - Equifax's data breach on Sept. 7, 2017, stunned markets and American consumers, but where the data of those 143 million people disappeared to has remained a mystery.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Amazon now lets users create and submit custom Alexa skills for certification and publication in the US Skills Store  —  Anyone can create a trivia game and share it on the Alexa store  —  Amazon is now letting anyone create and publish Alexa skills into the Alexa skills store.
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
A detailed history of the important but under-recognized roles women have played in computer coding, from Ada Lovelace through to today  —  Computer programming once had much better gender balance than it does today.  What went wrong?  —  As a teenager in Maryland in the 1950s …
The Guardian:
Facebook criticized by health experts for allowing the rise of closed groups rife with anti-vaccination misinformation, some with 150,000+ members  —  Experts are calling on company to counter closed groups where members can post misinformation without challenge
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
Seed investing cooled after 2015 as Series A and B investing failed to match its growth, but is here to stay given its necessary delineation from traditional VC  —  Seed investments are down by any measure (funds, deals, dollars) over the past 3 years in deals < $1 million AND in deals between $1-5 million.
More: AVCTweets: @semil, @msuster, @msuster, and @jeremyshure
Dan Monk / WCPO:
Grocery store chain Kroger is launching Kroger Pay, a QR-based mobile payments service, in Columbus, OH, and Colorado today, nationwide later this year  —  Kroger Pay to roll out nationally this year  —  The Kroger Co. debuted a new mobile payment option Wednesday that is launching in Columbus …
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Democratic lawmakers step up scrutiny of T-Mobile-Sprint merger, which they say reduces competition, as two days of Congressional hearings begin  —  WASHINGTON — When T-Mobile announced its intention to buy Sprint last April, the prospects for the $26 billion deal winning regulatory approval appeared strong.

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