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March 20, 2019, 9:35 AM

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EU Press Room:
The European Commission has fined Google €1.49B for “abusive practices in online advertising” and breaching EU antitrust rules  —  The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules.  Google has abused its market dominance by imposing …
Kent Walker / The Keyword:
Google says it will start asking Android users in Europe to choose their preferred web browser and search apps in response to EU Commission antitrust concerns  —  For nearly a decade, we've been in discussions with the European Commission about the way some of our products work.
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:
Apple:
Apple launches new AirPods with hands-free “Hey Siri” and more talk time for $159, with wireless charging case for $199, available to order today  —  New AirPods Are Powered by the New H1 Chip and Feature 50 Percent More Talk Time, Hands-Free “Hey Siri” and the Option of a Wireless Charging Case
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.
New York Times:
Facebook announces that it would stop allowing ad targeting to race, gender, and age groups in the housing, jobs, or credit categories by the end of the year  —  After years of criticism, Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would stop allowing advertisers in key categories to show …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple says it will support three media literacy programs in the US and Europe that aim to combat fake news and train young people to seek reliable news sources  —  Just days before Apple's big March 25th event where it will unveil a new subscription news service, the company has revealed plans …
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
ABC:
Sources: Uber used a spyware program code-named Surfcam to steal drivers from an Australian rival by tracking their cars online and scraping driver details  —  Four Corners By Sean Nicholls, Peter Cronau and Mary Fallon  —  International rideshare giant Uber used a secret spyware program …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Amazon adds a built-in light to its entry-level Kindle, now available to preorder for $89.99, ships April 10  —  You should probably just invest in a Paperwhite, though  —  Amazon is announcing an update to its entry-level Kindle (you know, the one that's just called “Kindle” …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Blameless, which offers a site reliability engineering (SRE) platform for enterprises, comes out of stealth with $20M from investors including Accel  —  Sight Reliable Engineering (SRE) is an extension of DevOps designed for more complex environments.  The problem is that this type of approach …
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