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March 26, 2019, 6:05 PM

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James Vincent / The Verge:
European Parliament approves the Copyright Directive, a controversial law that includes Article 11, dubbed the “link tax”, and Article 13, the “upload filter”  —  Article 11 and Article 13 both approved by European politicians  —  The European Union has given …
Karl Bode / Motherboard:
The EU passed the Copyright Directive, which will be costly to implement and likely ineffective, despite protests and compelling criticism of its central tenets  —  Upload filters and link taxes may be well intentioned, but critics say they're going to seriously screw up the open internet.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google officially launches AMP for Email on Gmail and says support is coming for other major email providers like Yahoo Mail, Outlook, and mail.ru  —  Google today officially launched AMP for Email, its effort to turn emails from static documents into dynamic, web page-like experiences.
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Google announces an Advanced Technology External Advisory Council to consider ethical issues around AI like facial recognition and fairness in machine learning  —  Last June we announced Google's AI Principles, an ethical charter to guide the responsible development and use of AI in our research and products.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
BBC pulls podcasts from Google Podcasts and Assistant, blaming Google for not providing enough audience data and sending podcast user searches to its own app  —  It says Google isn't providing enough audience data  —  The BBC has removed its podcasts from the Google Podcasts app …
Caroline Haskins / Motherboard:
ASUS confirms its software update tool has been targeted by Advanced Persistent Threat attacks, releases tool to identify “small number” of affected devices  —  A press release released by ASUS this morning confirms Motherboard's reporting.  —  Yesterday, Motherboard revealed …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
FTC launches a broad inquiry into privacy practices of ISPs, orders seven ISPs including AT&T and Verizon to provide nonpublic info about handling consumer data  —  The commission wants to know what data your ISP is collecting about you  —  The Federal Trade Commission today announced …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
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 …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
US trade judge finds that Apple infringes a Qualcomm patent, says she will be recommending an import ban on some iPhones  —  - Qualcomm is seeking leverage in Apple patent-royalty fight  — Two cases are before trade agency; Second decision due later  —  Apple Inc. infringes …
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.
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.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Report: Apple News+ will surface WSJ stories of general interest; subscribers will have access to 3 days worth of business and financial news in WSJ's archives  —  Apple News+ was officially announced earlier today, allowing users to pay $9.99 per month for access to 300 magazines and select newspapers.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
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 …

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