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March 20, 2019, 4:55 PM

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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.
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
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Report: Apple approved production of its wireless charging AirPower mat earlier this year, after announcing it in 2017 with a 2018 launch date  —  The Wall Street Journal today reports that Apple approved production of its long-awaited wireless charging mat AirPower earlier this year …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Oculus announces $399 Rift S, developed alongside Lenovo, with higher-res 1280x1440 displays and improved optics, available in spring  —  After years of high-profile onstage announcements, Oculus has decided to quietly deliver the successor to its flagship Rift virtual reality headset …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google's Stadia could be the future of gaming but the announcement left questions unanswered, like cost and subscription, launch date, or available games  —  A lot of questions remain unanswered  —  “The future of gaming is not a box,” according to Google.  “It's a place.”
New York Times:
Facebook announces that it will stop allowing ad targeting of 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 their messages …
Paris Martineau / Wired:
Inside Airbnb's “guerrilla war” against US local governments, which often face a slew of lawsuits from the company when they try to collect occupancy taxes  —  “READ MY LIPS: We want to pay taxes," Chris Lehane, Airbnb's global head of public policy, told the nation's mayors in 2016.
Michelle Toh / CNN:
Profile of Connie Chan, a16z's first partner promoted from within, who has built a reputation for sourcing deals with startups like Pinterest and Lime  —  Hong Kong (CNN Business)For years, venture capital powerhouse Andreessen Horowitz stood by a steadfast rule: to become a general partner at the firm …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Amazon adds a built-in light to its entry-level Kindle, now available to preorder for $89.99, shipping 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” …
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Uber says Freight, which connects truck drivers to shipping companies, is expanding to Europe, starting in the Netherlands  —  Uber Freight, the newly spun out Uber business unit that helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies, is kicking off its global expansion plans.
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Instagram's new in-app shopping feature could help customers make serendipitous impulse buys, something Amazon is not especially strong at  —  Amazon's failure in “discovery shopping” is Instagram's opportunity, as its users can now shop inside the app.  —  Instagram took a big step …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Epic Games will give away $100M in grants, varying between $5,000 and $500,000, to fund creative projects that use its Unreal Engine 4 toolset  —  'This is our way of sharing Fortnite's unbelievable success.'  —  Epic Games today announced a new grant initiative that will dole out $100 million …
Caroline Haskins / Motherboard:
Interviews detail the ongoing battle on YouTube between children-focused channels making animated videos and those featuring humans  —  Animated videos dominate the kids YouTube space.  Humans are fighting against YouTube's algorithm to try and compete.  —  Last month, news feeds were saturated with distressing headlines about Momo.
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