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February 22, 2019, 11:15 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’
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 …
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 …
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Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed News:
50+ Microsoft staff sign letter to Satya Nadella and Brad Smith demanding an end to a $479M US Army contract to license HoloLens tech for combat and training  —  A group of Microsoft employees is circulating a letter among the company's over 130,000-person staff demanding that executives cancel a $479 million contract with the US Army.
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 …
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
After reports of pedophiles using YouTube comments to sexualize videos of children, YouTube warns creators it may demonetize videos with inappropriate comments  —  A new controversy this week over the sexualized exploitation of children on YouTube has set off a wave of advertiser boycotts …
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 …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Sources characterize Zuckerberg's May announcement of Facebook's Clear History tool as an example of the company's history of prioritizing optics over substance  —  Last May, Facebook promised to create a “Clear History” function it said would give users more control over their data.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Florida inmate sues the Florida Department of Corrections after he was told he has to repurchase $569 of music he bought after the FDOC changed music vendors  —  Prisoners who paid $1.70 per song lost access when the prison changed vendors.  —  Florida inmate William Demler says that since 2012 …
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.
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