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February 22, 2019, 6:35 PM

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Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Some popular apps send sensitive info to Facebook via the company's analytics SDK, such as a user's heart rate, intent to get pregnant, and home listings viewed  —  Wall Street Journal testing reveals how the social-media giant collects a wide range of private data from developers; ‘This is a big mess’
Jon Porter / The Verge:
What to expect at MWC 2019: new flagships from Sony, LG and Chinese companies, foldable phones from Huawei and others, return of Hololens, and a lot of 5G hype  —  5G's early steps will continue, and the Galaxy Fold could get some competition  —  In the next few days …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Leaked banner on display at MWC 2019 gives a sneak peek at the Huawei Mate X, the company's first foldable smartphone with the screen folding outwards  —  Just the other day Samsung officially revealed the Galaxy Fold, it's first device with a foldable display.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Twitter co-founder and former CEO Ev Williams is stepping down from the company's board  —  Twitter Co-founder and former CEO Ev Williams is stepping down from the company's board, according to a Friday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  —  “It's been an incredible 13 years …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple to close both of its retail stores in the Eastern District of Texas, likely in a bid to deprive patent trolls of a jurisdiction notorious for its lawsuits  —  Apple plans to close both of its retail stores within the Eastern District of Texas in a few months from now in an effort …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook has removed its Onavo VPN app from Google Play Store, will stop pulling user data from it 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 …
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 …
Gizmodo:
Investigation shows how CQ Roll Call, a DC 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 …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed News:
YouTube says it will remove ads on anti-vaccine videos, launches info panel below anti-vaccine videos that links to the Wikipedia page for “vaccine hesitancy”  —  YouTube on Friday said it would prevent channels that promote anti-vax content from running advertising …
CNBC:
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Beijing-based Nreal raises $16M after raising $15M this January for its smart glasses that look like ordinary sunglasses and weigh three ounces  —  Nreal, a Beijing-based developer of ready-to-wear mixed reality glasses, has raised an additional $16 million in funding to make its 3-ounce smart glasses …

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