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January 31, 2020, 10:55 PM

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VICE:
Ajit Pai says FCC has concluded “that one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal law” by selling user location data and will consider fines  —  More than a year after a Motherboard investigation revealed that wireless carriers were collecting and selling user location data …
Jared Newman / Fast Company:
In a carriage dispute, Roku drops all Fox apps from its platform ahead of the Super Bowl; NFL confirms that Roku's free NFL app will still stream the game  —  Last night, Roku made a surprise announcement that it was dropping all Fox apps from its platform, claiming that the two companies' distribution agreement was expiring.
Margaret Harding McGill / Axios:
Founding president of the Internet Association, Michael Beckerman, to step down after eight years and join TikTok as VP of US public policy in March  —  The president of tech trade group the Internet Association is stepping down to run TikTok's Washington policy shop, the organizations said Friday.
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
Utah-based Neighbor.com, a peer-to-peer self-storage marketplace, raises $10M Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz  —  Neighbor.com, a Lehi, Utah-based peer-to-peer self-storage marketplace, has closed on a $10 million Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z).  —  Subscribe to the Crunchbase Daily
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
California AG asks ICANN for information about .org TLD price caps removal; ICANN says it is cooperating, asks Public Interest Registry to delay .org TLD sale  —  Office that oversees California non-profits demands extensive documentation.  —  The California Attorney general …
Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:
Amazon's 2019 taxes: $1B+ in federal income tax expense, $2.4B+ in other federal taxes, $1.6B+ in state and local taxes, and ~$9B sales taxes collected  —  Amazon disclosed new details about its U.S. taxes for 2019 in public financial documents and a blog post Friday morning …
Josh Nadeau / Fast Company:
A Russian law requiring all smartphones to pre-install Russian-made software, which goes into effect in July 2020, could force Apple to quit the country  —  In November 2019, Russian parliament passed what's become known as the “law against Apple.”  The legislation will require …
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Hulu CEO Randy Freer is leaving the streaming service as Disney continues the reorganization of its direct-to-consumer business  —  Streaming service will become further aligned under Direct-to-consumer head Kevin Mayer  —  Hulu CEO Randy Freer will leave the streaming service amid …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple says its updated Maps are rolling out across the US, with more detailed visuals and new features like Look Around, and coming to Europe later this year  —  Apple's updated and more detailed Maps experience has now rolled out across the U.S., the company announced this morning.

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