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April 18, 2019, 3:25 PM

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Rob Price / Business Insider:
Facebook says it unintentionally collected email contacts of 1.5M users who used email password verification, will notify affected users and delete contacts  —  - Exclusive: Facebook said that it has “unintentionally uploaded” the email contacts of 1.5 million new Facebook users since May 2016.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook updates a March blog post to say it stored passwords of millions of Instagram users in plain text, not tens of thousands as first announced  —  This number is much, much bigger than Facebook originally shared.  —  On the same morning Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report …
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Google and Amazon end their streaming video spat: YouTube will come to Fire TV and Prime Video will work with Chromecast and Android TV  —  Google and Amazon haven't historically been the best of friends, at least when it comes to their respective streaming video services.
The Verge:
Samsung promises to thoroughly inspect Galaxy Fold review units with faulty screens, says removing the top protective layer from the display may cause damage  —  Also: be careful with that screen cover  —  Samsung has released an official statement addressing reports of display issues with the upcoming Galaxy Fold.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
YouTube Blog:
Google Home and Assistant-powered speakers get a free ad-supported version of YouTube Music with limited functionality, in 16 countries including the US and UK  —  Listening to music on your Google Home speaker right out-of-the-box seems too good to be true, right?  It's not!
Apple:
Apple opens Material Recovery Lab in Austin to study future recycling processes, expands iPhone recycling program to Best Buy stores in US, KPN in Netherlands  —  Cupertino, California — Apple today announced a major expansion of its recycling programs, quadrupling the number of locations US customers …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Pinterest opens up 25% on its first day of trading after raising $1.43B in its IPO at a valuation of $10B  —  Pinterest began its first day of trading Thursday at $23.75, up 25%.  —  The bump pushed Pinterest's market cap above $12 billion after it was initially priced at $19 per share, which had valued it at $10 billion.
Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile's no-fee Money banking app gets a nationwide rollout, offers T-Mobile customers 4% interest rate on the first $3,000  —  While it's not quite a pivot, it seems more and more tech companies are straying out of their lane and into the finance world.  T-Mobile has decided to join …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Zoom opens up ~80% on its first day of trading after raising $356.8M in its IPO at a valuation of $9.2B  —  Videoconferencing software company Zoom made its debut on the Nasdaq on Thursday under the ticker symbol “ZM,” and surged 80 percent to $65.  —  The initial pop gives Zoom a stock market value of $16.7 billion.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Hacker shares source code of tools from Iranian cyber-espionage unit APT34, alleged personal info of Iranian intelligence officers, and more on Telegram  —  APT34 hacking tools and victim data leaked on a secretive Telegram channel since last month.  —  In an incident reminiscent …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google to show 5 browser and search app choices when EU users first open Google Play, offer to set newly downloaded non-Google search app as default in Chrome  —  Users will be asked to choose from among five search and browser apps in randomized order.  —  In a European antitrust decision last year …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook permanently bans far-right individuals and groups, like the British National Party, the English Defence League, and Britain First  —  Swath of organisations and individuals permanently banned for being ‘dangerous’  —  Facebook has permanently banned a swath of far-right organisations …
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Phantom Auto raises $13M Series A to expand to delivery bots its teleoperation business, which lets remote drivers take control of autonomous vehicles  —  Remote driving startup Phantom Auto has raised $13.5 million of financing in a Series A round led by Bessemer Venture Partners …
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Reserve Bank of India publishes its draft framework for a regulatory sandbox for blockchain startups and tools, but excludes any cryptocurrency-related projects  —  India's central bank is setting up a fintech sandbox that may include blockchain startups and tools - but notably, explicitly excludes any cryptocurrency-related projects.

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