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February 20, 2020, 10:15 AM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple considers letting users choose third-party browser and email apps as default on iPhone and iPad, opening HomePod to third-party music services  —  - Company considers letting users change web browser, email app  — Spotify, Pandora may be allowed to stream directly on HomePod
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Morgan Stanley to buy online discount brokerage E-Trade for about $13B, in the biggest takeover by an American lender since the 2008 financial crisis  —  The move will give one of Wall Street's powerful blue-chip firms control of a major presence in the world of online brokerages.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google launches Android 11 Developer Preview earlier than expected, with new display types, improved messaging, biometrics, and more; final release expected Q3  —  Following an inadvertent tease last week, Google today officially launched the Android 11 Developer Preview.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Twitter announces a “continue thread” option, a new feature that links tweets together while they are being composed  —  Twitter is rolling out a new feature that makes it easier to thread multiple tweets together.  With this change, you can now link tweets together while you compose them.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Sources: following Brexit, Google plans to move UK user accounts out of EU's jurisdiction and into the US', where privacy protections are weaker  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google is planning to move its British users' accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Inside the FBI's complaint against two ex-Twitter employees who allegedly accessed personal info of thousands of users on behalf of Saudi Arabia for $300K+  —  Ali Alzabarah was panicked.  His heart raced as he drove home from Twitter's San Francisco headquarters in the early evening on Dec. 2, 2015.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TikTok announces new Family Safety Mode parental controls to limit kids' usage with screen time management, DM limits, and more, coming first to the UK  —  TikTok announced today the introduction of a new set of parental controls, called “Family Safety Mode,” designed to let parents set limits …
Andrew Liszewski / Gizmodo:
Larry Tesler, an influential figure at Xerox PARC and Apple who coined “cut, copy, paste” and advocated for modeless computing, has died at 74  —  The advent of the personal computer wasn't just about making these powerful machines available to everyone, it was also about making …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Home addresses and other data of 10.6M+ guests who stayed at MGM Resorts hotels before 2018, including Jack Dorsey, were posted on a hacking forum this week  —  MGM Resorts said security incident took place last summer and notified impacted guests last year.
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
OneTrust, a privacy management and marketing compliance platform, raises $210M Series B led by Coatue and Insight Partners, doubling its valuation to $2.7B  —  OneTrust, an Atlanta-based privacy, security and third-party risk technology platform, announced this morning it has raised …
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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
HungryPanda, a food delivery service for Chinese communities in cities worldwide, raises $20M led by 83North and Felix Capital  —  HungryPanda, a food delivery service for Chinese communities in cities around the world, announced today it has raised $20 million in funding.
Alfred Ng / CNET:
In a letter, the House Oversight Committee asks Amazon about Ring's partnerships with governments and police depts. and Ring's policies regarding collected data  —  Congress is knocking on Amazon's door with questions about its video doorbell company, Ring, and the hundreds of police partnerships Ring has built over the last two years.
Michael del Castillo / Forbes:
Coinbase becomes a Visa Principal Member, allowing it to issue bitcoin debit cards for other crypto companies and traditional firms  —  Credit card giant Visa has granted its principal membership to a cryptocurrency company for the first time.  Officially awarded to cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase …
Cynthia Koons / Bloomberg:
Family planning telehealth startup Maven raises $45M Series C from Icon Ventures, Sequoia, others, and launched its Wallet service to manage benefits this year  —  Family-planning benefits are often difficult to navigate.  A tech company is trying to change that.

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