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March 21, 2019, 10:55 PM

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Facebook admits it inadvertently stored some user passwords in plain text, searchable by employees; source says it may have been between 200M and 600M passwords  —  Hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees …
Pedro Canahuati / Facebook:
Facebook says it will notify hundreds of millions of Facebook users and thousands of Instagram users after it found passwords were stored in a readable format  —  As part of a routine security review in January, we found that some user passwords were being stored in a readable format within our internal data storage systems.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Apple's new TV service to be unveiled Monday will be a storefront for other streaming services, with Apple hosting and serving the streams  —  Apple's TV plans, explained.  (Spoiler: Apple isn't taking on Netflix yet.)  —  After years of circling the TV business …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launches Windows Virtual Desktop in public preview and Microsoft Defender ATP for macOS in limited preview  —  Microsoft today made a slew of announcements to help IT pros reduce costs, increase security, and boost employee productivity.  The headline items are the launch …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple iPad mini (2019) review: same specs as larger iPad Air, headphone jack, and solid performance, but has huge bezels and a Lightning port instead of USB-C  —  Sometimes smaller is better  —  People who love the iPad mini really, really love the iPad mini.
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Instagram, which has largely escaped scrutiny, is teeming with conspiracy theories, misinformation, and extremist memes, boosted by its recommendation algorithm  —  When Alex, now a high-school senior, saw an Instagram account he followed post about something called QAnon back in 2017 …
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Jared Kushner's lawyer told the House Oversight Committee late last year that Kushner uses WhatsApp for official WH business, including with foreign contacts  —  WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, uses an unofficial online messaging service …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Four European Wikipedia sites are blocking access and directing users to contact their EU representatives on March 21 to protest the copyright directive  —  Sites including Reddit, Twitch, and PornHub are also encouraging users in the EU to contact local politicians
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Tesla files two lawsuits against multiple former employees and the self-driving car startup Zoox alleging misappropriation of the company's trade secrets  —  The automaker claims employees brought logistics info to Zoox, while another took Autopilot data to Xiaopeng Motors
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Source: Uber picks the NYSE for its upcoming IPO; Lyft will start trading next week on Nasdaq  —  - Listing is likely to be the biggest public offering this year  — Company expected to officially file for its IPO in April  —  Uber Technologies Inc. has selected the New York Stock Exchange …
More: Business Insider and AxiosTweets: @business
Max Chafkin / Bloomberg:
Trump to nominate Michael Kratsios to be his first US CTO; Kratsios is currently US deputy CTO and was formerly chief of staff at Thiel Capital  —  For the first time in two years—and for the first time under President Trump—the U.S. is set to have a chief technology officer.
Guy Rosen / Facebook:
Facebook says it blocked 800+ distinct variants of New Zealand shooting video, in contrast to ISIS-style propaganda which is not rebroadcast or reshared widely  —  We continue to keep the people, families and communities affected by the tragedy in New Zealand in our hearts.
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Q&A with Vishal Shah, Instagram's head of product who previously ran Instagram's business products, on e-commerce as a revenue driver, IGTV, and more  —  Instagram's new product chief talks about the app's push into e-commerce, life after the departure of Instagram's two cofounders …
Jez Corden / Windows Central:
Internal documents: disc-less Xbox One S, a cheaper alternative with a 1TB HDD, will launch globally on May 7  —  Photoshop mockup of the Xbox One S All-Digital edition.  —  Following up on our previous reveal of the Xbox One S All-Digital console, we now have a bit more information, as well as the box art and tentative release date.

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