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March 7, 2019, 4:20 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 …
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 …
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Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed News:
Airbnb says it is acquiring discount hotel booking app HotelTonight for an undisclosed sum; HotelTonight was valued at $463M in a March 2017 funding round  —  Airbnb is buying HotelTonight, the San Francisco-based service that lets people book discounted hotel rooms last minute in 40 countries around the world.
Monika Bickert / Facebook:
Facebook announces changes to clamp down on vaccine misinformation: reducing the ranking of Pages, rejecting ads and targeted options, and more  —  We are working to tackle vaccine misinformation on Facebook by reducing its distribution and providing people with authoritative information on the topic.
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 …
BBC:
Facebook says it has removed 23 Pages, 74 accounts, 5 Groups, and 35 Instagram accounts that were part of a UK-based, domestic-focused misinformation network  —  Facebook has removed more than 130 accounts, pages and groups it says were part of a UK-based misinformation network.
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google launches Rewarded Products, a new monetization option for Android developers that lets users watch ads to earn in-app currency or other benefits  —  Google today is introducing a new way for Android developers to generate revenue from their mobile applications.  And no, it's not subscription-related.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Microsoft rolls out new Skype for Web with HD video calling, built-in call recording, and redesigned notifications  —  Hate installing Skype?  Good news: Microsoft's revamping the messaging app's browser-based client with a slew of new features.  The Seattle company today announced the rollout …
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.
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.

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