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March 13, 2019, 11:45 AM

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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify files an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission, claiming 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 …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple's video service will feature mostly content from partners at launch, with the first slew of its own shows coming later in the year  —  - IPhone maker is said to push for HBO, Showtime and Starz deals  — Magazine bundle, Apple Pay upgrades are also coming this month
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft demos its Project xCloud game streaming service with Forza Horizon 4 streaming to an Android phone, ahead of Google's “future of gaming” event  —  Entering public trials later this year  —  Microsoft has provided a live demonstration of its upcoming Project xCloud game streaming service.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Verizon's 5G service to launch on April 11 in Chicago and Minneapolis and cost $85-$105 for its unlimited plans  —  The first phone available will be the Moto Z3 with the 5G Moto Mod  —  Verizon's 5G network is coming.  After months of vague statements, the carrier has finally announced …
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
IBM and other companies are using Creative Commons Flickr photos to train facial recognition software without the consent of people in the photos  —  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.
Bloomberg:
Former Gigafactory security manager Sean Gouthro describes a campaign by Elon Musk and Tesla to intimidate alleged leaker Martin Tripp  —  It started with a Twitter meltdown and ended with a fake mass shooter.  A former security manager says the company also spied and spread misinformation.
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 …
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 …
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Discord, a chat app first designed for gamers, has become popular among influencers, YouTubers, and others by letting them create customized private communities  —  Over the past few months, seemingly all the pet- and animal-themed Instagram accounts I follow have begun interspersing their videos with pleas.
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
TPG Growth places Bill McGlashan, a managing partner who championed social responsibility, on leave after DOJ charges him in the college admissions scandal  —  “The way the world works these days is unbelievable.”  —  One of Silicon Valley's most prominent private equity investors …
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.
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
ACLU releases documents showing ICE lets thousands of employees access a controversial licence plate database with little oversight  —  The ACLU published the emails today  —  Immigration and Customs Enforcement allows thousands of employees to access a controversial license plate database …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
SalesHero, a platform that combines robotic process automation with AI, raises $14.5M Series A led by Atomico, rebrands itself as Automation Hero  —  SalesHero, a platform that meshes robotic process automation (RPA) with artificial intelligence (AI) to help businesses automate repetitive …
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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.

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