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March 12, 2021, 9:40 AM

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Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Netflix is running a test cracking down on password sharing, prompting some users to get their own account if they don't live with the owner of the account  —  Earlier this week, some Netflix subscribers began to notice that it might be a bit harder to “borrow” someone's password.
Matt Burgess / WIRED UK:
UK Home Office confirms trial of web surveillance tool that can track users' browsing history in partnership with two unnamed ISPs and National Crime Agency  —  The Investigatory Powers Act, or Snooper's Charter, was introduced in 2016.  Now one of its most contentious surveillance tools is being secretly trialled by internet firms
Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
Facebook sidelined AI experts and weakened initiatives to clean up misinfo because leadership didn't want to hurt Zuckerberg's desire for growth  —  Joaquin Quiñonero Candela, a director of AI at Facebook, was apologizing to his audience.  —  It was March 23, 2018 …
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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple sues its former materials lead Simon Lancaster for allegedly stealing trade secrets and leaking them to the media  —  Apple is taking legal action against its former materials lead, Simon Lancaster, over allegedly leaking trade secrets to the media.  The lawsuit accuses Lancaster of abusing his …
Eric Martin / Bloomberg:
Sources: the Biden administration has informed some Huawei suppliers it is imposing more explicit prohibitions on the export of 5G components to the company  —  - Conditions for licensed exporters went into effect this week  — Move builds on Huawei prohibitions implemented under Trump
Bloomberg:
Source: Ant Group CEO Simon Hu has resigned from the company; Eric Jing, already Ant's chairman, will also become CEO effective immediately  —  Ant Group Co. Chief Executive Officer Simon Hu resigned from the company, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, as the company overhauls its business, Bloomberg News reports.
Christian Peña / NBC News:
Uber and Lyft partner with background screening service HireRight to share data on drivers deactivated after being accused of serious offenses  —  Ride-hailing services Lyft and Uber said Thursday that they are partnering with the background screening company HireRight to share data …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Google says it will soon let users add missing roads and realign, rename, or delete incorrect ones in Maps simply by “drawing” on them  —  Missing road?  You can plot it yourself.  —  If you've ever been frustrated by a road simply not existing on Google Maps, the company's now making it easier than ever to add it.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
A look at the history of Twine, an open-source tool for producing web-based interactive fiction and games with text, as it remains a significant force in gaming  —  IN THE VIDEO GAME Howling Dogs, released in 2012, players wake up in a prison with few options: a shower, a nutrient dispenser …
Sarah Sluis / AdExchanger:
Google is further integrating the Publisher Provided Identifier into its Ad Manager, aiding publishers' first-party tracking in lieu of third-party cookies  —  The PPID's technical setup works like this: the publisher will create a unique ID for users, based on a first-party cookie or a log-in ID.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Researcher publishes a proof of concept on GitHub that uses vulnerabilities exploited by hackers to breach Microsoft Exchange servers; GitHub deleted the code  —  Microsoft-owned Github quickly deleted the code, which exploited vulnerabilities apparently used by Chinese hackers to break into a series of companies.
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
South Korean e-commerce giant Coupang closes its first day of trading at $49.25 a share, down from $63.50, after raising $4.2B in an IPO at a valuation of ~$60B  —  - South Korean e-commerce company Coupang made its market debut Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange through an IPO and is now trading under the ticker symbol “CPNG.”

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