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February 21, 2019, 4:32 PM

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
WSJ: Apple partnered with Ant Financial's Alipay to offer its customers in China up to two years of interest-free financing to buy products in its online store  —  - In an effort to boost falling sales in the region, Apple introduced two-year financing to Alipay users who buy their products.
CNBC:
AT&T says it is pulling all advertising from YouTube, after reports of pedophiles openly using the platform; Nestle and Epic Games have also pulled ads  —  - AT&T is pulling its ads from YouTube following reports that pedophiles have latched onto videos of young children and lurk in the comments section.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé is retiring, and will be replaced by the VP of Sales and Marketing Doug Bowser on April 15  —  To be replaced by marketing boss Doug Bowser  —  One of Nintendo's most public faces is leaving the company.
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Kids googling themselves for the first time face shock, frustration, and sometimes excitement at content parents had been posting about them since their birth  —  For several months, Cara has been working up the courage to approach her mom about what she saw on Instagram.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft previews Dynamics 365 AI and mixed reality services and applications on iOS, Android, and HoloLens for remote assistance, customized bots, and more  —  Microsoft is readying new Dynamics 365 AI- and mixed-reality-centric services and applications for remote-assistance, customized bots and more.
David McCabe / Axios:
Google says it will no longer enforce mandatory arbitration for current and future employees from March 21; change won't apply to many temporary staff  —  Google will no longer require current and future employees to take disputes with the company to arbitration, it said Thursday.
Maureen Farrell / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Pinterest has confidentially filed for an IPO, seeking a valuation of at least $12B  —  Pinterest has confidentially filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering, joining a parade of highly valued technology startups planning to list their shares in 2019.
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Sam Dean / Los Angeles Times:
Investigation finds Facebook still lets users target ads based around interest in neo-Nazis; Facebook says it will remove the seldom-used audience groupings  —  Facebook makes money by charging advertisers to reach just the right audience for their message — even when that audience …
Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News:
Singapore Airlines and American Airlines confirm that some seat screens have embedded cameras but say they are disabled, after a photo of one goes viral  —  A viral photo showing a camera in a Singapore Airlines in-flight TV display recently caused an uproar online.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
The Galaxy Fold is Samsung's Google Glass: an exciting technical showcase that is hitting the market too soon and makes no sense as a consumer device yet  —  Nice technical showcase, Samsung  —  The foldable Galaxy Fold phone-tablet hybrid is Samsung's Google Glass: an exciting technical showcase …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Roku reports Q4 revenue of $275.7M, up 46% YoY and vs. $262.11M est., says it has 27.1M active accounts, up 40% YoY; revenue for 2018 grew 45% to $742.5M  —  Roku wants to become a billion-dollar company in 2019.  The streaming device maker told investors Thursday that it projects …
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Mark Zuckerberg is meeting with UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright in CA after refusing to appear before the UK committee investigating online disinformation  —  (CNN Business)Mark Zuckerberg is finally coming face to face with a top UK official who'd like to regulate Facebook.

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