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March 13, 2019, 2:15 PM

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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
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter now launches a Snapchat style camera when users swipe left on their timeline, designed to promote sharing of photos, videos, and live footage  —  Twitter is rolling out the redesign to its camera feature TechCrunch reported on a month ago that's designed to let you capture photos …
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 …
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.
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 …
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
Users from around the world are reporting difficulties accessing Facebook and Instagram, with major outages in North America, Mexico, and Europe  —  While you can open the apps, they're missing major functions  —  Facebook and Instagram appear to be partially down for some users around the world today.
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 …
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.
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.
Bloomberg:
Court documents: Larry Page worried he would lose control of Google in 2011 and seemed to make a “veiled threat” to quit over the issue  —  - Page feared co-founder Brin might sell voting shares in 2011  — Court documents shed new light on controversial class C stock
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
ACLU releases documents showing ICE lets over 9,200 employees access a controversial license 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 …
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 …
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
Following a growing global chorus to regulate Big Tech, Britain publishes a report arguing for stronger oversight and stricter acquisition rules  —  LONDON — The expanding power of technology companies has become a talking point in the United States presidential race, a subject of debate …

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