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March 7, 2019, 12:15 PM

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking  —  My focus for the last couple of years has been understanding and addressing the biggest challenges facing Facebook.  This means taking positions on important issues concerning the future of the internet.  In this note, I'll outline our vision …
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
Mark Zuckerberg on the need for a “privacy-focused platform” focused on messaging to complement “public platforms”, the challenge of monetization, and more  —  ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, described a sweeping new vision for his platform.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Mark Zuckerberg's “privacy-focused” announcement is not a dramatic pivot: it is a growth opportunity for Facebook and a challenge for regulators  —  What was striking about the reaction to Mark Zuckerberg's latest missive about the future of Facebook, A Privacy-Focused Vision …
Casey Newton / The Interface:
If Facebook pivots to privacy, News Feed becomes a legacy product, its new business model will likely be commerce, and misinformation will be harder to track  —  By 2015, Mark Zuckerberg had grown uncomfortable with his messaging history.  His old instant messages had gotten him into trouble in the past …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Kimberly Adams / Marketplace:
Edison Research estimates Facebook has 15M fewer US users today compared to 2017, with the biggest drop seen in the 12 to 34 age group  —  Listen To The Story  —  Marketplace  —  All the bad press about Facebook might be catching up to the company.  New numbers from Edison Research show …
CNN:
Huawei sues the US government, challenging a law that bans federal agencies from buying the company's products  —  Shenzhen, China (CNN Business)Embattled Chinese tech giant Huawei is suing the US government in its most aggressive move yet to fight back against accusations that its technology poses a global security threat.
Ionut Ilascu / BleepingComputer:
NSA releases free public version of Ghidra, a set of tools developed internally for software reverse engineering, to excitement among malware researchers  —  The National Security Agency released a free, public version of Ghidra, a set of tools developed internally for software reverse engineering.
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Sources: a common practice among bounty hunters and stalkers is to impersonate cops and claim there's a crisis to get real-time cell location data from telcos  —  In several cases, a stalker impersonated a US Marshal and reported a fake kidnapping in order to get telecom companies to give them real-time cell phone location data.
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed News:
YouTube has started rolling out a feature, in India, that shows info panels with fact checks on search result pages for topics prone to misinformation  —  YouTube will start showing “information panels” — boxes of text that provide debunks from YouTube's verified fact-checking partners …
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Nintendo announces VR kits for its Labo line of Switch DIY cardboard accessories; they cost $40 and $80 and will be available on April 12  —  Nintendo is getting into the virtual reality game  —  Nintendo's getting into virtual reality, but not in the way you might expect.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it is making its Windows calculator app open source, available now on GitHub  —  Windows developers can help build the calculator now  —  Microsoft is making the source code for its Windows calculator available on GitHub today.  The software maker wants to …
Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Amazon says it will close all 87 of its US pop-up stores in April; the kiosks, in Whole Foods and other stores, let customers try Amazon products and services  —  - The company is also planning to open dozens of grocery stores and potentially thousands of Amazon Go stores, according to earlier reports.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Remix raises $15M Series B for its platform, used by 300 cities, that lets cities plan public transit infrastructure using a drag and drop menu  —  A San Francisco-based startup just raised $15 million to solve the complicated problem of transit infrastructure in urban environments.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Apple says it will bring 1,200 employees to its San Diego offices over three years, with as many as 200 coming in 2019, and will add new labs and office space  —  - Apple announced it will bring 1,200 employees to San Diego over three years as it reportedly tries to bring its modem engineering in-house.
Yevgeniy Sverdlik / Data Center Knowledge:
Microsoft becomes the first major cloud provider to open data centers in South Africa, with AWS expected to bring its first data center into the country in 2020  —  Even without local data centers, Microsoft has been the leading cloud provider in the country, according to analysts.

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