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April 3, 2021, 4:00 AM

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John Cook / GeekWire:
Amazon apologizes for tweeting “you don't really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you?” and says the tweet didn't contemplate its large driver population  —  Amazon issued a rare apology Friday night, stepping back from comments made on Twitter last week in a response …
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
Internal documents show that Google is working on two Pixel phones powered by its own “Whitechapel” SoC, which is being developed in partnership with Samsung  —  9to5Google can report today that Google's upcoming phones for this fall, including the presumed Pixel 6 …
Waypoint:
Waymo CEO John Krafcik says he is leaving the company; COO Dmitri Dolgov and CTO Tekedra Mawakana will become Waymo's co-CEOs  —  After five and a half exhilarating years leading this team, I've decided to depart from my CEO role with Waymo and kick-off new adventures.
New York Times:
Sources: Pinterest is currently in ongoing talks to acquire VSCO  —  The discussions between the digital pin board company and the app that inspired the “VSCO girls” trend are ongoing.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Pinterest has held talks to buy VSCO, a photography app that spawned a teenage social media craze …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Apple expands its Arcade subscription gaming service, which previously focused on exclusive titles, with a back catalog of classic App Store games  —  Apple has announced an expansion for its subscription gaming service Apple Arcade.  In addition to exclusive game releases …
Jeff John Roberts / Decrypt:
Coinbase says it expects its shares will start trading on April 14 and plans to release Q1 results on April 6  —  Cryptocurrency giant Coinbase announced on Thursday that its highly anticipated direct listing will happen on April 14.  The company also disclosed it will share its Q1 financial results eight days beforehand, on April 6.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Activision warns PC players of Call of Duty: Warzone that a popular “cheat” is actually malware and installing it allows hackers to take over a user's machine  —  Security researchers at the gaming company published a report that details a hacking campaign that used malware hidden inside a cheat for the popular online game.
Leah Nylen / Politico:
Sources: Biden is struggling to fill DOJ's antitrust chief role, due to a White House ethics pledge that may affect candidates who represented Big Tech critics  —  White House ethics officials are raising objections about DOJ antitrust candidates who have represented companies complaining …
Washington Post:
Federal docs detailing the Jan. 6 Capitol attack show FBI used controversial surveillance tech like license plate readers and facial recognition to ID rioters  —  Federal documents detailing the attacks at the U.S. Capitol show a mix of FBI techniques, from license plate readers to facial recognition, that helped identify rioters.
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
US lawmakers ask 8 digital-ad auctioneers, including Google and AT&T, to name foreign clients who had access to user data through auctions over the past 3 years  —  In letter to companies including Google and AT&T, lawmakers request information about how user data is shared in auctions
Bloomberg:
Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:
Biden's $2T infrastructure proposal allocates $50B for creating a technology directorate at the NSF and $50B for funding semiconductor manufacturing and R&D  —  President Joe Biden rolled out his highly anticipated infrastructure plan on Wednesday, a $2 trillion proposal that would revitalize …

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