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February 20, 2020, 11:30 AM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is weighing an option to set third-party browser and email apps as defaults on iPhones and iPads and third-party music services on the HomePod  —  - Company considers letting users change web browser, email app  — Spotify, Pandora may be allowed to stream directly on HomePod
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft says it will offer its Defender antivirus software for Android and iOS devices later this year  —  - Microsoft's Defender software will become available for Android and iOS devices later this year.  — It's meant to prevent malware and phishing attacks.
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.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
The European Data Protection Board, the EU's data protection advisor, says Google's acquisition of Fitbit entails “a high level of risk” to privacy rights  —  The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has intervened to raise concerns about Google's plan to scoop up the health …
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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.
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.

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