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April 3, 2019, 9:35 AM

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Ina Fried / Axios:
Facebook says it will stop asking for email passwords to verify new accounts; previously, it used them to verify accounts whose email addresses didn't use OAuth  —  Responding to criticism, Facebook says it will stop asking users for their email passwords as a means of verifying some new accounts.
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Sources: more than 200,000 people subscribed to Apple News+ in its first 48 hours, more than Texture had at its peak  —  Executives have been burned by their previous dealings with big tech companies.  But Apple's promise of a billion devices worldwide was too good to pass up.  Even for Rupert Murdoch.
Ted Johnson / Variety:
DOJ warns the group behind the Oscars that potential rule changes limiting the eligibility of Netflix and other streaming services could raise antitrust issues  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has warned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that its potential rule changes limiting …
Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:
Google will require contracting firms to give US workers health care benefits, parental leave, $15/hr min. wage, more, by 2022, following activism from Googlers  —  Google said on Tuesday it will require its contracted and temporary workforce to receive full benefits, including comprehensive health care …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google has officially started the process of shutting down and deleting all consumer accounts on its failed social network platform Google+  —  The deletion of personal accounts starts today  —  Google has officially started the process of shutting down and deleting all consumer accounts …
New York Times:
Singapore introduces draft bill that requires sites to take down fake news raising concerns among human rights advocates over repression  —  HONG KONG — Singapore introduced draft legislation on Monday that it said would combat false or misleading information on the internet …
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
a16z raises new $2B fund and says the firm's 150 employees are being registered as financial advisers, so they can go deeper on riskier bets, like buying crypto  —  Emerging from the financial crisis in 2009, Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz laid out their campaign to take on Silicon Valley.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Onfido, which verifies digital identities using AI, raises $50M co-led by SoftBank Investment (SBI) and Salesforce Ventures  —  Security breaches, where malicious hackers obtain snippets of information that then get used to impersonate individuals in order to gain access to individuals …
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Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Inside the DNC's plan to replace its aging data repository Vertica with the Data Warehouse, a more powerful BigQuery-based system, before the 2020 election  —  IN JULY OF 2017, as Raffi Krikorian settled into his new office at the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton's words were still ringing in his ears.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Security researcher finds massive spam operation in an unsecured server, now inactive, which sent 5M+ emails over 10 days that 160K+ people clicked through  —  Five million emails in ten days  —  For ten days in March, millions were caught in the same massive spam campaign.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Pagaya, which uses AI to help manage asset-backed securities, raises $25M Series C led by Oak HC/FT  —  Pagaya Investments, an AI-driven institutional asset manager that focuses on fixed income and consumer credit markets, today announced that it has raised $25 million in series C funding led …
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Sources: YouTube execs ignored internal warnings, concerns about the spread of toxic videos, and proposals to change recommendations, in favor of engagement  —  A year ago, Susan Wojcicki was on stage to defend YouTube.  Her company, hammered for months for fueling falsehoods online …
Ben Makuch / Motherboard:
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
District court in Florida orders 27 pirate sites to pay $1M in damages each to Philippine media giant ABS-CBN, which has won many legal fights in US this year  —  ABS-CBN, the largest media and entertainment company in the Philippines, has scored yet another legal victory in the United States.

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