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March 13, 2019, 9:05 AM

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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify files an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission, claims App Store rules limit choice and stifle competition  —  Spotify is filing a complaint against Apple with the European Commission, accusing the latter company of anticompetitive behaviour in the way it manages …
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
IBM, other companies are using Creative Commons Flickr photos to train facial recognition software without the consent of people in the photos for that purpose  —  People's faces are being used without their permission, in order to power technology that could eventually be used to surveil them, legal experts say.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Gboard on Pixel phones now uses an on-device neural network for speech recognition of American English to remove network latency and spottiness  —  On-device machine learning algorithms afford plenty of advantages, namely low latency and availability — because processing is performed locally …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Chrome 73 for desktops starts rolling out with Mac Dark Mode support and begins testing Auto Picture-in-Picture for “installed” Progressive Web Apps  —  The latest release of Google Chrome is rolling out today for Mac, Windows, and Linux.  On desktops, Chrome 73 introduces …
Nick Bastone / Business Insider:
Sources: Google has moved dozens of employees out of its laptop and tablet division, scaling back the size of its in-house hardware group  —  - Google appears to be trimming the size of its laptop and tablet hardware group, telling dozens of engineers and program managers to find other roles …
Mayank Parmar / Windows Latest:
Windows 10 can now automatically uninstall problematic updates that can cause boot up failures  —  If your computer runs into Windows problems and automatic recovery attempts are unsuccessful, Windows 10 will now automatically remove the botched updates.  —  In a new support document …
New York Times:
After two Boeing 737 Max 8s crash in six months, leading many to ground them, Boeing says it will update their flight control software in the coming weeks  —  • The European Union suspended “all flight operations” of the Boeing 737 Max model that has crashed twice in the past six months.
Gaurav Shukla / NDTV Gadgets 360:
YouTube Music, YouTube Music Premium, and YouTube Premium launch in India, joining Google Play Music and Google Play Movies as well as Spotify  —  YouTube Music (ad-supported), YouTube Music Premium (ad-free), YouTube Premium (ad-free) have been launched in India.
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
Microsoft's Seeing AI app, which narrates what's in front of the camera for sight-impaired users, now lets users “touch” objects' edges via haptic feedback  —  My neighbor Katina does not fit the description of an early adopter of technology.  —  She is a 75-year-old sculptor …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Hibob, a Tel Aviv-based provider of cloud-based HR and benefits management software, raises $20M in an extension of its Series A, bringing total raised to $45M  —  Hibob, a Tel Aviv provider of cloud-based HR and benefits management software, today announced that it's raised $20 million …
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Saqib Shah / Engadget:
Mozilla's free encrypted file sharing service Firefox Send is now available to all Firefox users and has its own Send Android app in beta  —  Mozilla has made privacy Firefox's calling card, while lambasting companies it believes don't meet the bar on security.
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Facebook pulled ads from Sen. Warren's campaign calling for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants, citing policy violations, but is now restoring them  —  Facebook removed several ads placed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign that called for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants.
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