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April 3, 2021, 8:10 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …

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