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March 19, 2019, 6:25 PM

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Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google unveils Stadia, a game streaming service for Chrome, Android, and TVs that lets users “instantly” play games, coming in 2019 with 4K HDR support at 60FPS  —  With Project Stream in October, Google's rumored work on a game streaming service was all but confirmed.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google has partnered with AMD to power Stadia, using a custom GPU for its data centers that delivers 10.7 teraflops, far more than the Xbox One X's 6 teraflops  —  Stream games to your PC, tablet, TV, or phone  —  Google is launching its Stadia cloud gaming service at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Google unveils its Stadia controller, which connects directly to Google's data centers and looks like Sony's DualShock, says users can use their own controllers  —  Earlier this month, a patent surfaced that revealed a possible design for a forthcoming Google game controller.
Emma Sandler / Digiday:
Instagram adds in-app shopping to let users buy from 20 beauty and fashion brands including Kylie Cosmetics, Nike, and Huda Beauty  —  Shopping on Instagram is about to change forever.  —  On March 19, the social platform announced in a blog post it was launching a beta shopping program …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple updates iMac lineup with Intel's 8th-gen and 9th-gen Core CPUs and AMD's Radeon Pro Vega GPUs; 21.5" starts at $1,299, 27" 5K at $1,799, available today  —  Nearly two years have passed since Apple last refreshed the iMac, but updates are finally here for both 4K and 5K models.
Chris Sonderby / Facebook:
Facebook says original Christchurch attack video was viewed <200 times during live broadcast; first user report came in 12 minutes after live broadcast ended  —  Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the community affected by the horrific terrorist attacks in Christchurch.
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Instead of focusing only on moderation, the debate around New Zealand massacre should look at how platforms incentivize and provide infrastructure for extremism  —  It's time for a real conversation about the infrastructure and incentives that Big Tech provides far-right extremists.
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook settles with ACLU over allegedly discriminatory ads for employment, housing, and credit, paying ~$5M and making changes to prevent discrimination  —  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), has reached a historic settlement with Facebook over advertising practices that allegedly discriminated against minorities.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft says Teams is now used by 500,000 organizations, including 91 of the Fortune 100, and promises eight new features, three available today  —  Microsoft Teams, which launched worldwide in March 2017, turns two years old this week.  To celebrate, Microsoft is sharing some news …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
A look at an iPhone prototype board from 2006-2007, when the device was codenamed “M68” and “Purple 2” within Apple  —  “This is a day I've been looking forward to for two and half years,” said Steve Jobs, Apple's late CEO, as he introduced the original iPhone on January 9th, 2007.
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
Kickstarter staff announce their intention to unionize, potentially becoming the first major US tech company with union representation  —  The company's staff plans to unionize with the Office and Professional Employees International Union  —  The staff of Kickstarter announced plans to unionize today.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Bully Pulpit Interactive: from Dec. 30, 2018 through Mar. 10, Trump's campaign spent $3.5M on Facebook ads and $1M on Google, nearly double the Democratic field  —  While Democrats' campaign launches have sucked up national attention, President Trump's re-election campaign has quietly spent nearly twice …
Kaiser Health News:
Report: US has spent $36B digitizing health records, which has risked patient safety with thousands of reports of deaths and injuries tied to software glitches  —  The U.S. government claimed that turning American medical charts into electronic records would make health care better, safer, and cheaper.
David N. Cicilline / New York Times:
Chairman of House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law explains why the FTC, undergoing a “credibility crisis”, should probe Facebook  —  Why I am calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook for violating antitrust laws.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Norsk Hydro, one of the world's largest producers of aluminum, has shut down several metal extrusion plants as it deals with a ransomware attack  —  UPDATE: Cyber-attack identified as LockerGoga ransomware infection.  —  Norsk Hydro, one of the world's largest aluminium producers …

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