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March 15, 2019, 9:20 AM

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Facebook:
Facebook's Chief Product Officer Chris Cox and VP of WhatsApp Chris Daniels are leaving the company  —  Today Mark Zuckerberg shared the following post with employees.  —  Hey everyone — I want to share some important updates as we organize our company to build out the privacy-focused social platform …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources: Chris Cox and Chris Daniels left in part over conflicts with Zuckerberg's plan to integrate Facebook's services into a single privacy-focused platform  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Two of Facebook's top executives — one regarded as the company's No. 3, and the other the head …
Apple:
Apple responds to Spotify's complaint, says Spotify seeks to keep all the benefits of the App Store “without making any contributions to that marketplace”  —  We believe that technology achieves its true potential when we infuse it with human creativity and ingenuity.
Sherisse Pham / CNN:
Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter struggle to halt the spread of the horrific New Zealand shooting video; one of the shooters livestreamed the attack on Facebook  —  Hong Kong (CNN Business)Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are struggling to halt the spread of horrific footage that appears to show …
Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Facebook says all of its services are now operational, attributes the downtime to a “server configuration change”  —  Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook all appear to be operating normally  —  Facebook is reporting all services operational after a prolonged outage that impacted all of the company's most popular apps.
Japan Times:
Former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles gets suspended jail term for falsifying financial data but is acquitted of bitcoin embezzlement  —  The high-flying creator of the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange received a suspended jail sentence of 2½ years after a Japanese court Friday found him guilty on charges of data manipulation.
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Google Docs grows as a popular secret communication tool for teens as parents and teachers, unaware of its chat feature, assume students are just taking notes  —  When the kids in Skyler's school want to tell a friend something in class, they don't scrawl a note down on a tiny piece of paper and toss it across the room.
Colin Harper / Bitcoin Magazine:
Tether drops the claim that it's “always backed 1-to-1 with traditional currency”, now says it's “100% backed by reserves”, emboldening the stablecoin's critics  —  Tether just updated its website to clarify that each of its USDT tokens, which it used to claim were …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces WWDC 2019 will be held June 3-7 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose  —  Apple has officially announced dates and opened registration for its annual developer conference where it will likely unveil iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13.
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Source: Snap plans to announce its gaming platform, which will feature games by outside developers designed for the Snapchat app, at a partner summit on April 4  —  Snap Inc. plans to announce its long-rumored gaming platform for developers next month, Cheddar has learned.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Slack says it has removed 28 accounts for having a “clear affiliation with known hate groups”  —  Chat competitor Discord has faced similar issues  —  Workplace chat company Slack said today it's removed 28 accounts for having a “clear affiliation with known hate groups.”
Maggie Fitzgerald / CNBC:
TPG Capital fires Bill McGlashan, who managed TPG Growth, an investor in Airbnb, Spotify, and Uber, after the DOJ charged him in a college admissions scandal  —  - TPG's Bill McGlashan was fired from the private equity firm on Thursday amid the massive college cheating scandal.
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Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Adobe reports Q1 revenue of $2.6B, vs. $2.55B estimated by analysts, subscription revenue of $2.3B, and product revenue of $170M  —  The Photoshop maker said Creative Cloud revenue was $1.49 billion.  —  Adobe delivered solid first quarter financial results on Thursday after the market closed.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Tiger Global says managing partner Lee Fixel, who helped lead investments in Facebook, LinkedIn, Spotify, and more, is stepping down  —  Lee Fixel is stepping down as the managing partner of Tiger Global, where he has helped lead successful investments in such “unicorn” companies as Facebook, Flipkart, LinkedIn and Spotify.

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