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Internal documents: disc-less Xbox One S, a cheaper alternative with a 1TB HDD, will launch globally on May 7 (Windows Central) http://www.windowscentral.com/xbox-one-s-all-digital-release-date http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p21#a190321p21
Sources: Amazon is beta testing video ads on its shopping app on iOS with plans for a similar product for Android later in 2019 (@spencersoper / Bloomberg) http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-21/amazon-said-to-launch-mobile-ads-in-threat-to-google-facebook http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p20#a190321p20
Facebook says it will notify hundreds of millions of Facebook users and thousands of Instagram users after it found passwords were stored in a readable format (Pedro Canahuati / Facebook) http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2019/03/keeping-passwords-secure/ http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p19#a190321p19
RT @Techmeme: By integrating Stadia into YouTube, Google plans to cement YouTube's dominance, as 200M users already watch gaming content th…
Facebook admits it stored some user passwords in plain text, searchable by employees; source says it may have been between 200M and 600M user passwords (Krebs on Security) http://krebsonsecurity.com/2019/03/facebook-stored-hundreds-of-millions-of-user-passwords-in-plain-text-for-y ears/ http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p18#a190321p18
Instagram, which has largely escaped scrutiny, is teeming with conspiracy theories, misinformation, and extremist memes, linked by its recommendation algorithm (@taylorlorenz / The Atlantic) http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/03/instagram-is-the-internets-new-home-for-hate/585382/ http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p17#a190321p17
Tesla files two lawsuits against multiple former employees and the self-driving car startup Zoox alleging misappropriation of the company's trade secrets (@sokane1 / The Verge) http://www.theverge.com/2019/3/21/18275617/tesla-former-employee-lawsuit-trade-secret-theft-zoox-xpeng-feature http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p16#a190321p16
Sources: Netflix is testing a low-cost, mobile-only subscription with select users in India, for half the price of its entry-level plan in the country (@tsuvik / The Economic Times) http://tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/internet/netflix-tests-low-cost-mobile-only-subscription-in-india-to-grow-its-local-base/68511975 http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p15#a190321p15
Facebook says it blocked 800+ visually distinct variants of NZ shooting video, in contrast to ISIS-style propaganda which is not rebroadcast or reshared widely (@guyro / Facebook) http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2019/03/technical-update-on-new-zealand/ http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p14#a190321p14
Four European Wikipedia sites are blocking access and directing users to contact their EU representatives on March 21 to protest the copyright directive (@jjvincent / The Verge) http://www.theverge.com/2019/3/21/18275462/eu-copyright-directive-protest-wikipedia-twitch-pornhub-final-vote http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p13#a190321p13
Researchers hacked Apple's Safari, Oracle VirtualBox, and VMware Workstation in Pwn2Own Vancouver 2019 contest, earning $240K in cash awards (@dustin_childs / Zero Day Initiative) http://www.thezdi.com/blog/2019/3/20/pwn2own-vancouver-2019-day-one-results http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p12#a190321p12
Tencent misses Q4 profit estimates with net income falling 32% YoY to $2.1B on revenue of $12.6B, partially due to China's gaming freeze (@yanzideng_iris / South China Morning Post) http://www.scmp.com/tech/tech-leaders-and-founders/article/3002530/tencent-seeks-new-growth-year-transition-consumer http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p11#a190321p11
Israeli startup Guesty, which provides tools for property managers who list on Airbnb and other rental sites, raises $35M Series C led by Viola Growth (@ingridlunden / TechCrunch) http://techcrunch.com/2019/03/21/guesty-a-tech-platform-for-property-managers-on-airbnb-and-other-rental-sites-raises-35m/ http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p10#a190321p10
Microsoft launches Windows Virtual Desktop in public preview and Microsoft Defender ATP for macOS in limited preview (@epro / VentureBeat) http://venturebeat.com/2019/03/21/microsoft-launches-previews-of-windows-virtual-desktop-and-defender-atp-for-mac/ http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p9#a190321p9
Apple iPad mini (2019) review: same specs as larger iPad, headphone jack, and solid performance, but has huge bezels and a Lightning port instead of USB-C (@reckless / The Verge) http://www.theverge.com/2019/3/21/18274477/ipad-mini-2019-review-apple-ios-pencil-lightning-specs-price-tablet h ttp://www.techmeme.com/190321/p8#a190321p8
US retailers are deploying facial recognition tech to fight shoplifters, raising privacy concerns due to lack of legal restrictions or rules to prevent abuse (@alfredwkng / CNET) http://www.cnet.com/news/with-facial-recognition-shoplifting-may-get-you-banned-in-places-youve-never-been/ http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p7#a190321p7
A look at the history of game-playing AI and how it often beats humans, from IBM's Deep Blue to AlphaGo (@jmerigg / Engadget) http://www.engadget.com/2019/03/20/ais-are-better-gamers/ http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p6#a190321p6
A look at an automated Instagram influencer account made to garner free meals from NYC restaurants in exchange for posts, which advertisers didn't really mind (@katienotopoulos / BuzzFeed News) http://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/katienotopoulos/automated-instagram-influencer-bot-free-meals http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p5#a190321p5
YouTube faces legal and ethical minefield from unmarked "kidfluencer" sponsored marketing, which targets kids under 13, who are barred from creating accounts (@mhbergen / Bloomberg) http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-20/kidfluencers-rampant-youtube-marketing-creates-minefield-for-google http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p4#a190321p4
RT @Techmeme: By integrating Stadia into YouTube, Google plans to cement YouTube's dominance, as 200M users already watch gaming content th…
RT @Techmeme: Epic says Fortnite has 250M registered players, up from 200M in December, releases a free cross-platform SDK to help develope…
After Rep. Devin Nunes sued Twitter and the @DevinCow account claiming defamation, the parody account gained 465K+ followers, surpassing his own follower count (@lauramholson / New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/20/us/politics/nunes-devincow-twitter.html http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p3#a190321p3
Survey: average US consumer subscribes to three streaming video services, 69% subscribe to at least one, up from 55%, and 47% experience subscription fatigue (@mikesnider / USA Today) http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2019/03/19/streaming-tv-cord-cutters-now-experiencing-video-subscription-fatigue/3173047002/ http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p2#a190321p2
 
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Two crypto indices from CoinMarketCap, CMC Crypto 200, which includes bitcoin, and CMC Crypto ex BTC, which doesn't, launch on Nasdaq, Bloomberg, and Reuters (Yogita Khatri / CoinDesk) http://www.coindesk.com/coinmarketcap-crypto-indices-launch-on-nasdaq-bloomberg-reuters http://www.techmeme.com/190321/p1#a190321p1
Microsoft says support for Windows 7, which makes up 40% of desktop market, will end Jan. 14, 2020; enterprise customers can pay for extended support until 2023 (@zackwhittaker / TechCrunch) http://techcrunch.com/2019/03/20/windows-7-security-updates/ http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p46#a190320p46
In its first quarter since going public, Tencent Music posts net loss of $127M on $785M revenue, mainly due to a one-off share-based charge to label partners (@ritacyliao / TechCrunch) http://techcrunch.com/2019/03/19/tencent-music-entertainment-q4-2018/ http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p45#a190320p45
Square CEO Jack Dorsey introduces Square Crypto, a new initiative for open source contributions to the "bitcoin/crypto ecosystem" (@nikhileshde / CoinDesk) http://www.coindesk.com/square-hiring-crypto-engineers-bitcoin http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p44#a190320p44
Amazon vendors say Amazon is more aggressively blocking ads of unprofitable products and telling them to lower wholesale prices for ads to be reinstated (@eugenekim222 / CNBC) http://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/20/amazon-aggressively-suspending-ads-of-unprofitable-products-as-focus-on-the-bottom-line-grows.html http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p43#a190320p43
Khronos Group releases OpenXR 0.90 specification for AR and VR hardware standards; supporters include Google, HTC, Microsoft, Oculus, Samsung, Unity, and Valve (@deantak / VentureBeat) http://venturebeat.com/2019/03/18/khronos-group-releases-early-openxr-spec-for-ar-and-vr-hardware-standards/ http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p42#a190320p42
Qualcomm says it is developing Snapdragon-powered VR and AR headsets that will double as wireless VR for PCs, with hardware arriving this year (@jetscott / CNET) http://www.cnet.com/news/qualcomms-new-wireless-vr-headsets-work-with-pcs-too/?ftag=COS-05-10aaa0b&linkId=6494681 2 http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p41#a190320p41
Epic says Fortnite has 250M registered players, up from 200M in December, releases a free cross-platform SDK to help developers launch, operate, and scale games (@jessconditt / Engadget) http://www.engadget.com/2019/03/20/fortnite-250-million-epic-games-sweeney-interview-gdc/ http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p40#a190320p40
Google's stock rose 2% by the end of trading, adding nearly $17B to its market value, the same day it was fined €1.49B by the EU Commission (@saracsalinas / CNBC) http://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/20/google-eu-fine-investors-not-worried.html http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p39#a190320p39
Sources: WSJ plans to join the new paid tier of Apple News to be announced on Monday, expected to cost $10/month; NYT and The Washington Post have opted out (@MikeIsaac / New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/20/technology/apple-news-wall-street-journal.html http://www.techmeme.com/190320/ p38#a190320p38
apple's argument, of course, is the same argument all platforms make - http://Scale.Apple News is pre-installed on bo-jillions of devices at the point of sale, and more eyeballs up front means more chances to convert… https://twitter.com/mikeisaac/status/1108476612960374785 http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p37#a190320p37
Walmart's CTO Jeremy King is leaving the company to start a "new adventure", to be replaced by Senior VP of Customer Technology Fiona Tan (CNBC) http://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/20/walmarts-chief-technology-officer-jeremy-king-is-leaving-the-company.html http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p36#a190320p36
Interviews detail the ongoing battle on YouTube between children-focused channels making animated videos and those featuring humans (@carolineha_ / Motherboard) http://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/mbznpy/youtubers-are-fighting-algorithms-to-make-good-content-for-kids http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p35#a190320p35
By integrating Stadia into YouTube, Google plans to cement YouTube's dominance, as 200M users already watch gaming content there every day (@vladsavov / The Verge) http://www.theverge.com/2019/3/20/18274184/google-stadia-youtube-streaming-future-gaming-cloud http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p34#a190320p34
Case reports shed light on how deputies in the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Oregon are using Amazon's facial recognition software to investigate crimes (@benfoxrubin / CNET) http://www.cnet.com/news/facial-recognition-overkill-how-deputies-solved-a-12-shoplifting-case/ http://www.techme me.com/190320/p33#a190320p33
Inside Airbnb's "guerrilla war" against US local governments, which often face a slew of lawsuits from the company when they try to collect occupancy taxes (@parismartineau / Wired) http://www.wired.com/story/inside-airbnbs-guerrilla-war-against-local-governments http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p32#a190320p32
Uber says Freight, which connects truck drivers to shipping companies, is expanding to Europe, starting in the Netherlands (@kirstenkorosec / TechCrunch) http://techcrunch.com/2019/03/20/uber-freight-is-expanding-into-europe/ http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p31#a190320p31
AT&T and Comcast say they successfully tested anti-robocall protocol SHAKEN/STIR, which adds a verified status to calls authenticated across networks (@howelloneill / Gizmodo) http://gizmodo.com/phone-companies-are-finally-doing-something-about-our-r-1833434088 http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p30#a190320p30
Epic Games will give away $100M in grants, varying between $5,000 and $500,000, to fund creative projects that use its Unreal Engine 4 toolset (@nickstatt / The Verge) http://www.theverge.com/2019/3/20/18274370/epic-games-megagrants-100-million-fund-games-media-entertainment-students-gdc-2019 http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p29#a190320p29
Facebook begins rolling out threaded messages to Messenger users around the world, activated by long-pressing on a message (@kyle_l_wiggers / VentureBeat) http://venturebeat.com/2019/03/20/facebook-messenger-now-has-message-threads/ http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p28#a190320p28
Atlanta-based Movius, which lets companies assign a separate phone number to any phone, raises $45M Series D, bringing total raised to $100M (@fredericl / TechCrunch) http://techcrunch.com/2019/03/20/movius-raises-45m-for-its-business-communications-service/ http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p27#a190320p27
Instagram's new in-app shopping feature could help customers make serendipitous impulse buys, something Amazon is not especially strong at (@delrey / Recode) http://www.recode.net/2019/3/20/18271386/instagram-shopping-discovery-amazon-weakness-checkout http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p26#a190320p26
Las Vegas-based NS8, which develops a SaaS solution to combat e-commerce fraud, raises $26M Series B led by Edison Partners (@kyle_l_wiggers / VentureBeat) http://venturebeat.com/2019/03/20/ns8-raises-26-million-to-combat-ecommerce-fraud/ http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p25#a190320p25
Audio sample marketplace Splice, which charges $7.99/month for access, raises $57.5M Series C co-led by USV and True Ventures (@joshconstine / TechCrunch) http://techcrunch.com/2019/03/20/splice-sample-marketplace/ http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p24#a190320p24
Report: Apple approved production of its wireless charging AirPower mat earlier this year, after announcing it in 2017 with a 2018 launch date (@rsgnl / MacRumors) http://www.macrumors.com/2019/03/20/wsj-says-airpower-production-approved/ http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p23#a190320p23
Skedulo, a service that helps companies manage their mobile employees, raises $28M Series B led by Microsoft's M12 (@fredericl / TechCrunch) http://techcrunch.com/2019/03/20/skedulo-raises-28m-for-its-mobile-workforce-management-service/ http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p22#a190320p22
Boston-based Optimus Ride says it will deploy its autonomous shuttle service in NYC from Q2 2019, running in closed loops at the Brooklyn Navy Yard (@andyjayhawk / The Verge) http://www.theverge.com/2019/3/20/18272941/optimus-ride-nyc-av-shuttle-brooklyn-navy-yards http://www.techmeme.c om/190320/p21#a190320p21
Lithuanian Evaldas Rimasauskas pleads guilty to wire fraud related to fake invoices that tricked Facebook and Google employees into sending him over $100M (@eldolemite / Bloomberg) http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-20/man-pleads-guilty-in-100-million-scam-of-facebook-and-goog le http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p20#a190320p20
Apple updates App Store guidelines to mandate new apps are built on iOS 12.1 SDK or later and support iPhone XS Max and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, starting March 27 (@rsgnl / MacRumors) http://www.macrumors.com/2019/03/20/apps-must-support-iphone-xs-max-as-of-march-27/ http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p19#a190320p19
Hands-on with Oculus Rift S: nice hardware design by Lenovo, display has double the pixels but isn't AMOLED, and it lacks eye tracking and wireless tech (@samred / Ars Technica) http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/03/hands-on-with-the-new-399-oculus-rift-s-more-pixels-zero-cameras-better-fit/ http://www.techmeme.com/190320/p18#a190320p18
“Medium Seeks Partners to Launch New Publications” https://link.medium.com/lY1PApCadV /tip @Techmeme #buildthepaywall
Instead of focusing only on moderation, the debate around New Zealand massacre should look at how platforms incentivize and provide infrastructure for extremism https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/19/opinion/facebook-youtube-new-zealand.html h/t @Techmeme
RT @Techmeme: Interview with Google VPs Phil Harrison and Majd Bakar on Stadia's infrastructure, its controller, how it integrates with You…
Kickstarter staff announce their intention to unionize, potentially becoming the first major US tech company with union representation (@bijanstephen / The Verge) http://www.theverge.com/2019/3/19/18254995/kickstarter-unionizing-union-representation-inclusivity-transparency-tech-us-crowdfunding http://www.techmeme.com/190319/p28#a190319p28
RT @Techmeme: Report: US has spent $36B digitizing health records, which have risked patient safety with thousands of reports of deaths and…
RT @Techmeme: Instagram adds in-app shopping to let users buy from 20 beauty and fashion brands including Kylie Cosmetics, Nike, and Huda B…
Hyundai's doubling down on the next generation of transportation. On the same day as its Ola investment, Yandex said the two are working on self-driving car tech. 1st deal of this kind for Yandex. tip @Techmeme https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/19/yandex-inks-deal-with-hyundai-to-build-self-driving-car-tech-for-its-mobis-oem-divisio n/
RT @Techmeme: Filing: Lyft is seeking to raise as much as $2.1B at a valuation of up to $18.5B in its IPO, offering 30.8M shares at $62-68…
RT @Techmeme: An overview of Apple's big spending plan to challenge streaming incumbents like Netflix, ahead of its March 25 "It's show tim…
RT @Techmeme: Fidelity National has agreed to acquire Worldpay for ~$34B in cash and stock, in the biggest deal ever in the booming interna…
RT @Techmeme: UKCloud, which provides cloud infrastructure for the public sector, raises £25M from Digital Alpha (@adegeler / https://t.co/…
 
 
 
 
 
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