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March 7, 2019, 10:05 PM

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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 will curb vaccine misinformation by reducing the ranking of anti-vaccine Pages and groups, halting recommendations for those pages, rejecting ads, more  —  We are working to tackle vaccine misinformation on Facebook by reducing its distribution and providing people with authoritative information on the topic.
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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Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Sony launches PS4 Remote Play app for iOS, four and a half years after it first landed on Android and three years after it arrived on PC and Mac  —  The latest update to the PlayStation 4 operating system has a feature that some users have craved since 2014.
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.
Clement Lecigne / Google Online Security Blog:
Google says the Chrome zero-day it patched last week was used with a zero-day impacting Windows 7 32-bit systems and that Microsoft said it's working on a fix  —  On Wednesday, February 27th, we reported two 0-day vulnerabilities — previously publicly-unknown vulnerabilities …
Variety:
Spotify, Google, Pandora, and Amazon have filed to appeal a copyright ruling that increases payouts to songwriters by 44%; sources: Apple not planning to appeal  —  Amazon is filing a separate appeal against the ruling, which would increase writer rates by nearly 50%.
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.
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.

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