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February 22, 2019, 7:20 AM

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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 …
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 and Hasbro are pulling ads from YouTube following reports that pedophiles have latched onto videos of young children and lurk in the comments section.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
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 …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
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.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Ina Fried / Axios:
Developers and Intel officials expect Apple to move to ARM-based Macs as soon as next year; Bloomberg report suggests first ARM-based Mac arriving in 2020  —  Apple is widely expected to move its Mac line to custom ARM-based chips in the coming years.  —  What we're hearing …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Kieren McCarthy / The Register:
Google launches .dev top-level domain with built-in security; preorders for available domains cost just over $1,000, but drop to $17.50/year on Sunday  —  Meanwhile, .gay comes out of the commercial closet  —  Google has launched a new internet extension specifically for developers …
Dan Primack / Axios:
DoorDash says it has raised $400M in new VC funding at a $7.1B post-money valuation, up from a $4B valuation in August  —  On-demand food delivery company DoorDash has raised $400 million in new venture capital funding at a $7.1 billion post-money valuation.
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 …

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