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March 13, 2019, 4:25 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 …
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
Facebook says it is working to bring its services back online, as users around the world report issues accessing Instagram, Facebook, Messenger, and WhatsApp  —  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:
Google releases the first preview of Android Q to developers, available on all Pixel devices, with granular privacy settings, foldable screen support, and more  —  Improved privacy controls, support for foldable screens, and more  —  Google has released the first preview of Android Q …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Google quietly adds DuckDuckGo and other privacy-focused search engines as an option for Chrome users in more than 60 markets  —  In an update to the chromium engine, which underpins Google's popular Chrome browser, the search giant has quietly updated the lists of default search engines …
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 …
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
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.
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.
Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Apple Music arrives on Amazon's Fire TV for US users, following its launch on Amazon's Echo smart speakers last year  —  Apple Music launched on Amazon Fire TVs in the United States on Wednesday.  It is the latest sign of Apple's continued push to get its services, including Apple Music, in front of as many people as possible.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Newsela, which develops a platform for e-learning resources, raises $50M Series C led by TCV  —  As schools continue to look for new ways to cut costs while at the same time reboot their curriculum to better tap new innovations and improve understandings of how children learn …
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