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February 22, 2019, 1:45 PM

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Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Some popular apps send sensitive info like user's heart rate, intent to get pregnant, and home listings viewed to Facebook through the company's analytics SDK  —  Wall Street Journal testing reveals how the social-media giant collects a wide range of private data from developers; ‘This is a big mess’
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook has removed its Onavo VPN app from the Google Play Store, will stop pulling in data from users for market research, and will eventually shut it down  —  Facebook will end its unpaid market research programs and proactively take its Onavo VPN app off the Google Play store in the wake …
Gizmodo:
Investigation shows how CQ Roll Call, a D.C. media firm, may be responsible for hundreds of thousands of fake anti-net-neutrality comments on FCC's site in 2017  —  Millions of records that the FCC's top lawyer once fought to hold back from state law enforcement officials now serve as key evidence …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Duo Security survey of 120K+ Chrome extensions finds 35.4% ask users for permission to access and read all their data on any site, 84.7% had no privacy policy  —  Eighty-five percent of all Chrome extensions don't have a privacy policy.  —  More than a third of all Google Chrome extensions ask users …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Samsung says it will extend Bixby button remapping to all Galaxy phones on Android Pie in a future software update, after confirming the feature for the S10  —  That includes the S8, S9, and Note line  —  The Bixby button saga has been an ongoing blemish on an otherwise sterling smartphone record …
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Ashley Carman / The Verge:
A few months after launching Focals smart glasses, North lays off 150 employees; company website says it employed “over 400 people”  —  North Labs, the company behind the Focals smart glasses, laid off 150 employees yesterday.  The company employed “over 400 people,” …
Aditi Shrivastava / The Economic Times:
Sources: Uber Eats is in the final stages of negotiations to sell its India business to rival Swiggy, which raised $1B in last December, in return for 10% stake  —  Stock swap deal may give Uber Eats around 10% in rival, expected to close by March  —  In what would be one of the most …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Source: Google plans to announce gaming hardware on March 19 in addition to details about its game streaming service  —  On Tuesday, Google announced a mysterious keynote at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on March 19th.  The event comes as the Project Stream beta …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Ray Ozzie is working on a new startup, Blues Wireless, which started trials with AT&T on a module that securely connects IoT devices to the cloud  —  Ray Ozzie, the man who created Lotus Notes and helped usher Microsoft into the cloud era has a new goal: helping devices in the home …
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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.
David McCabe / Axios:
Google says it will no longer enforce mandatory arbitration for current and future employees starting 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.

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