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April 1, 2019, 2:05 PM

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Gmail launches email scheduling and brings Smart Compose to all Android phones with subject suggestions and personalized greetings  —  Despite Google's long-standing love affair with April Fools' fakery, fifteen years ago today the internet giant was deadly serious when it launched what would become one of its biggest products: Gmail.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Mark Zuckerberg, in a conversation with Axel Springer CEO, floats a “news tab to surface more high quality news”, says Facebook could pay publishers  —  The Facebook CEO floated a “news tab to surface more high-quality news,” and said he's willing to write checks to support it.
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
500+ Googlers sign a petition demanding Google remove Kay Coles James, president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, from its external AI advisory board  —  ‘They think that some of our colleagues either do not or should not exist’  —  When Google announced an external advisory board …
Facebook:
Facebook announces “Why am I seeing this post?”, a feature to help users better understand and control what is seen from friends, Pages, and Groups in News Feed  —  News Feed is always personalized to you — and starting today you'll have even more information and control over your experience.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Airbnb confirms it has invested in Indian hotel startup Oyo; an industry source says the investment was between $150M and $200M  —  Airbnb is continuing to widen its focus beyond ‘unconventional’ hotels as it gets ready for a much-anticipated IPO.  Following its acquisition of HotelTonight last month …
Wall Street Journal:
With Apple TV+, Apple enters a video streaming market with five different, but overlapping, categories and players like Netflix, Roku, AT&T, Hulu, and Google  —  In the U.S., Silicon Valley and media titans are competing in categories from subscription entertainment to hardware to online-TV bundles
Jeff Stone / CyberScoop:
Group-IB describes a new Android malware, Gustuff, capable of phishing credentials and automating bank transactions for 100+ banks and 32 virtual currency apps  —  A new strain of malicious software affecting Android devices is capable of phishing credentials and automating bank transactions …

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