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Google says it saw a 98% drop in the number of Play Store apps accessing SMS/call log data in 2019 since cracking down on apps abusing permissions in Oct. 2018 (Jon Fingas/Engadget)

Target's Shipt delivery app workers describe a culture of retaliation and fear, say its algorithm pushes them to buy gifts for customers to boost their ratings (Lauren Kaori Gurley/VICE)

Workers on Google's outsourced maps team say they alter maps based not just on history and local laws but also on whims of diplomats and Google executives (Greg Bensinger/Washington Post)

Samsung announces partnership with Netflix with bonus content associated with Netflix shows on Galaxy smartphones and deeper device integration (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

After a study showed that Ring shares data with Facebook, Google, and others without users' consent, Ring says it will soon allow more control over data sharing (Stephen Gandel/CBS News)

Nonprofits say Facebook's donation tools let them reach big audiences with minimal effort, but give them "virtually useless" data on actual donors (Kurt Wagner/Bloomberg)

In a presentation, online retailers in India ask the government to scale back a proposal for 1% tax on each sale made by third-party sellers on their platforms (Manoj Kumar/Reuters)

Amazon is cutting ties with small delivery firms in the US because they don't meet its delivery standards, putting at least 1,300 drivers out of work (Bloomberg)

Google says it is restructuring its Cloud business, including eliminating some roles; source says fewer than 50 employees are affected (Jennifer Elias/CNBC)

Gun sales continue on Facebook and Instagram after 2016 ban as sellers keep finding workarounds that evade Facebook's algorithm (Matt Drange/Protocol)

Sources: DOD dropped its opposition to the Trump administration's efforts to make it harder for US companies to supply Huawei from overseas facilities (Wall Street Journal)

MatHem, an online grocer which claims to have served over half of Swedish households, raises 47.5M from Kinnevik and others, bringing its valuation to 266M+ (Annie Musgrove/Tech.eu)

Facebook canceled its Global Marketing Summit, scheduled for March 9-12 at San Francisco's Moscone Center, due to coronavirus concerns (Chase DiFeliciantonio/San Francisco ...)

India's Supreme Court orders Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel to clear dues of around $13B to the government by March 17, which could bankrupt Vodafone Idea (Stephanie Findlay/Financial Times)

HQ Trivia, the company behind the once popular live mobile trivia game, is shutting down (Kerry Flynn/CNN)

HK-based Amber, which offers crypto trading services like arbitrage, market making, and lending to institutional investors, raises $28M at a $100M valuation (Jeff Kauflin/Forbes)

Source: Apple is not happy with the QTM 525 mm-wave antenna module Qualcomm is offering for this year's 5G iPhones and is trying to design its own antenna (Mark Sullivan/Fast Company)

Gerard Williams III, the former Apple exec sued by the company for allegedly poaching employees for his startup Nuvia, claims Apple is poaching his employees (Bloomberg)

Susan Wojcicki says YouTube paid out $3B+ to the music industry in 2019 from ads and subscriptions (Jennifer Elias/CNBC)

Toast, a cloud-based restaurant management platform, raises a $400M at a $4.9B valuation, says its revenue grew 109% in 2019 (Liana Baker/Bloomberg)

Amazon's one-tap ratings for product reviews, quietly introduced late last year to draw more customer feedback, could also help drown out fake reviews (Jason Del Rey/Vox)

Researchers found a now-secured database online with ~900K records of plastic surgery patients, including photos with nudity and identifying information (Laura Hautala/CNET)

Facebook says it will allow influencers to produce sponsored content for US politicians and political campaigns, if the posts are clearly identified as ads (Makena Kelly/The Verge)

Sources: Google is in talks with publishers, mostly outside the US, about paying a licensing fee for content that would be in a premium news product (Benjamin Mullin/Wall Street Journal)

Behind Signal's push to go mainstream by adding features like iPad support, ephemeral images and video, downloadable customizable stickers, and emoji reactions (Andy Greenberg/Wired)

Sources: Sony's PlayStation 5's retail price may be as much as $450 per unit due to scarce components, which have pushed the manufacturing costs (Takashi Mochizuki/Bloomberg)

Inside the global cybersecurity market, which could be worth $266B by 2024, its talent shortage, and the role of automation and AI in adressing the skills gap (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

DOJ has charged the owner of Helix, a dark web Bitcoin mixer service operating from 2014-2017, for allegedly laundering bitcoins worth $300M+ at the time (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Boston-based Flywire, which helps universities, hospitals, and businesses accept payments made in foreign currencies, raises $120M Series E at a $1B valuation (Bloomberg)

Google has removed 500+ malicious Chrome extensions from its Web Store, likely affecting millions of users, that were part of a long-running ad fraud network (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Cybersecurity company Praetorian raises $10M Series A from McKinsey and Bill Wood Ventures (Mary Ann Azevedo/Crunchbase News)

Facebook's NPE Team releases Hobbi, a photo and video sharing app designed for documenting personal projects and hobbies (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Xiaomi launches 5G flagships Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, with 6.67" 90hz displays and 108MP cameras; Mi 10 Pro comes with 10x hybrid zoom and 20MP ultrawide angle lens (Yordan/GSMArena.com)

California Supreme Court rules that Apple violated CA law by not paying employees at its stores for time spent on mandatory bag and iPhone searches (Bloomberg Law)

Nvidia reports Q4 revenue of $3.11B, up 41% YoY, gaming revenue of $1.4B, data center revenue of $968M, and net income of $950M; stock up 6%+ after hours (Natalie Gagliordi/ZDNet)

Sources: Instagram is considering increased funding of up to seven figures for multiple shows on IGTV, as it tests an ad product and a revenue-sharing program (Sahil Patel/Wall Street Journal)

Roku reports Q4 revenue of $411M, up 49% YoY, net loss of $15.7M down from a profit of $6.8M YoY; active accounts up 4.6M QoQ to 36.9M; stock up 5%+ after hours (Dade Hayes/Deadline)

Social Science One and Facebook say they are now making a dataset with ~38M URLs available to academic researchers, two years after announcing the initiative (Social Science One)

YouTube TV to end support for subscriptions through Apple in-app purchases on March 13 (Juli Clover/MacRumors)

CloudCath, a cloud-based platform for remote monitoring of patients undergoing catheter-based treatments, raises $12M Series A led by Capital Integral (FinSMEs)

The CEO of Clinc, an AI chatbot maker that has raised $59M and whose clients include Walmart, resigned following an investigation into sexual misconduct (Zoe Schiffer/The Verge)

Moscow court fines Twitter and Facebook ~$63K for refusing to store data on Russian citizens inside Russia, the largest such fine issued under internet use laws (Associated Press)

DOJ announces a 16-count indictment against Huawei and its CFO Meng Wanzhou that includes charges of racketeering and conspiracy to misappropriate IP (Danny Crichton/TechCrunch)

Researchers: Voatz, the voting app used in W. Virginia and four other states, has elementary security flaws that could let an attacker intercept and alter votes (Kim Zetter/VICE)

Datometry raises $17M Series B led by WRVI Capital to virtualize data warehouses, following its $10M Series A in June 2017 (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Astranis raises $90M Series B from a16z and others to launch its first commercial satellites through which it wants to provide broadband internet (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)

The Bloomberg campaign is working with Meme 2020, whose lead strategist is the CEO of Jerry Media, to create sponsored posts on influential Instagram accounts (Taylor Lorenz/New York Times)

Larry Ellison is hosting a fundraiser for Donald Trump next week; while Ellison has consistently backed Republicans, he wasn't a major Trump donor until now (Theodore Schleifer/Vox)

Google's Area 120 launches GameSnacks, which offers casual games for low memory devices on 2G and 3G, launching initially in Indonesia on Gojek's GoGames (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Crypto lending and borrowing service BlockFi raises $30M Series B led by Valar Ventures, bringing its total raised to over $100M (Robert Stevens/Decrypt)

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