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March 2, 2019, 1:45 PM

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The Guardian:
Leaked Facebook memo describes company's lobbying efforts in 2012 and 2013 against a proposed European data directive which later became GDPR, more  —  Social network targeted legislators around the world, promising or threatening to withhold investment  —  Facebook has targeted politicians around …
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed News:
Amazon removes at least three anti-vaccination documentaries from Prime Video hours after Rep. Schiff sent letter to Bezos regarding anti-vaccine misinformation  —  Amazon appears to have removed anti-vaccination documentaries from search results on Amazon Prime Video today …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft now lets Microsoft 365 users on Android take a picture of a printed data table and automatically convert it into an editable Excel spreadsheet  —  Microsoft uses AI to boost Excel features  —  Microsoft is adding a very useful feature to its Excel mobile apps for iOS and Android.
Romy Varghese / Bloomberg:
Cities across the US are using legacy software from the '80s built with obsolete programming languages and unfriendly user interfaces  —  The only place in San Francisco still pricing real estate like it's the 1980s is the city assessor's office.  Its property tax system dates back to the dawn of the floppy disk.
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Paul Grewal / Facebook:
Facebook and Instagram file lawsuit in US federal court against 4 companies and 3 people in China for promoting the sale of fake accounts, likes, and followers  —  Today, Facebook and Instagram filed a lawsuit in US federal court against four companies and three people based in the People's Republic …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon is planning to open dozens of grocery stores, distinct from Whole Foods, in several major US cities  —  Amazon is planning to open dozens of grocery stores in several major U.S. cities as the retail giant looks to broaden its reach in the food business and touch more aspects of consumers' lives.
BuzzFeed News:
Fact-checkers in India, including Facebook's fact-checking partners, say they have faced a deluge of misinformation on the tensions between India and Pakistan  —  “There's politics, religion, enemy nations, and a surge of nationalism in this situation.  It's the perfect storm."

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