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April 14, 2019, 6:50 PM

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Olivia Carville / Bloomberg:
Facebook suffers third major outage in 2019, with all of its services down for ~2 hours on Sunday, after a ~24-hour outage in March, and a smaller crash in Jan.  —  - Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger down for hours  — Frustrated users took to Twitter to vent from across the world
TechCrunch:
Microsoft says a “limited” number of its web email service accounts were breached between Jan. 1 and March 28 using a customer support agent's credentials  —  On the heels of a trove of 773 million emails, and tens of millions of passwords, from a variety of domains getting leaked in January …
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Sources: Apple is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to secure new games for its Arcade subscription service, with total budget likely to exceed $500M  —  Apple is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to secure new video games for its forthcoming Arcade subscription service …
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / New York Times:
A detailed look at how police forces use “geofence” warrants and Google's Sensorvault location history database to find witnesses and suspects near crime scenes  —  The tech giant records people's locations worldwide.  Now, investigators are using it to find suspects and witnesses near crimes …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
An Illinois bill for banning IoT devices from collecting audio without owners' consent was substantially defanged after lobbying by the Internet Association  —  Lobbyists: Bill would punish even if failure to disclose was “accidental.”  —  On April 10, the Illinois State Senate passed the …
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Sources: how China uses AI to specifically track Uighurs, an ethnic minority, in the first known racist application of facial recognition to be widely deployed  —  In a major ethical leap for the tech world, Chinese start-ups have built algorithms that the government uses to track members of a largely Muslim minority group.
Angelina Rascouet / Bloomberg:
Publicis to buy US digital marketing company Epsilon, which collects vast amounts of consumer data like transactions, location, and web activity, for $3.95B  —  - Ad group makes biggest purchase yet in consumer-data bet  — Traditional marketing firms are fighting new rivals online
David Gelles / New York Times:
Charity: water now accepts stock donations from shareholders of private startups like Uber to share some IPO proceeds as bonuses with the non-profit's staff  —  Entrepreneurs who own stakes in private companies can donate some of their equity to Charity: water.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
As the key trial between Apple and Qualcomm starts on Tuesday, a report details the increasingly acrimonious relationship between the companies' CEOs  —  The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple has grown increasingly tense since it began in early 2017.  A new report from The Wall Street …
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Profile of Amazon's HR chief Beth Galetti, the highest-ranking woman at the company and the only woman on the 18-person “S-Team” that reports directly to Bezos  —  Amazon's HR chief, former engineer Beth Galetti, is hiring hundreds of people a day.  As the company's workforce swells, so do her challenges.
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:

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