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March 26, 2019, 1:05 PM

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James Vincent / The Verge:
European Parliament approves the Copyright Directive, a controversial law including Article 11, dubbed the “link tax” and Article 13, dubbed the “upload filter”  —  Article 11 and Article 13 both approved by European politicians  —  The European Union has given …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Apple News+ is a fine way to read magazines, but its UX's roots in Texture makes finding content from newspapers and digital news outlets difficult  —  Few entities have the potential to help improve news production and consumption more than Apple.  This falls short of hopes.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Apple's services event generally made sense, even if most products weren't ready to launch, but many of the ideas are simply borrowed from others  —  Tim Cook closed yesterday's Apple event with these words:  —  It's a short statement, but a useful way to think about the event specifically, and the state of Apple generally.
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Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Uber to acquire Middle East rival Careem in a $3.1B deal with $1.7B in convertible notes and $1.4B in cash  —  - Uber's $3.1 billion agreement to buy Careem consists of $1.7 billion in convertible notes and $1.4 billion in cash.  — Dubai-based Careem claims more than 30 million registered users …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
McDonald's is acquiring Dynamic Yield, which uses machine learning to personalize online shopping such as recommending products; source says deal worth $300M+  —  McDonald's is announcing an agreement to acquire personalization company Dynamic Yield.  —  The announcement does not include a price …
Facebook:
Facebook removes 2,632 Pages, Groups, and accounts from Iran, Russia, Macedonia, and Kosovo from Facebook and Instagram for “coordinated inauthentic behavior”  —  Today we removed 2,632 Pages, Groups and accounts that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram.
William Gallagher / AppleInsider:
Apple announces Apple TV+, its new ad-free streaming service with original content from Spielberg, JJ Abrams, and others, coming to 100+ countries in the fall  —  At Apple's March special event, Apple has revealed its much-awaited Apple TV Channels streaming video service to the world …
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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Huawei unveils 6.47-inch P30 Pro with a quad-camera system and up to 10x lossless zoom, Kirin 980 processor, 8GB RAM, and 4,200mAh battery, starting from €999  —  Huge battery, absentee bezels, and a promising new quad-camera system  —  What if you could have it all: super fast performance …
Wolfie Zhao / CoinDesk:
Cryptocurrency mining equipment maker Bitmain's application for an IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange has now officially expired  —  Cryptocurrency mining equipment maker Bitmain's application for an initial public offering (IPO) on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) has officially lapsed …
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