The Verge: Facebook is shutting down MSQRD, the AR selfie app it acquired in 2016. “On April 13th, Facebook will remove the MSQRD app from both the Android and iOS app stores. Facebook purchased MSQRD in 2016, and the AR app played a key role in boosting Facebook’s internal portfolio of AR image and video tools.”
CurveMag: Curvemag. com To Become Largest Global LGBTQI Media Offering For Women In 2020. “Todays Merger with Australia’s largest lesbian magazine will make 30-year-old Curve Magazine the world’s largest outlet of its kind… Due to the merger, the print production of both titles will be suspended to focus on digital offerings and to re-examine readers’ demands for a physical magazine. LOTL and CURVE will be made available in a 30-year digital magazine archive, free of charge, hosted on curvemag.com.” The archive is supposed to launch this month.
Reuters: EU privacy body warns of privacy risks in Google, Fitbit deal . “Alphabet Inc-owned Google’s $2.1 billion bid for fitness trackers company Fitbit could pose privacy risks, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) warned on Thursday, adding its voice to other critics of the deal.”
Reuters: Google seals takeover of Looker after UK green light . “Alphabet Inc-owned Google (GOOGL.O) said on Thursday it has completed its $2.6 billion buyout of privately held big-data analytics firm Looker Data Sciences after winning clearance from Britain’s competition watchdog.”
CNET: FTC orders Apple, Google, other tech giants to hand over acquisition info. “The US Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that it sent special orders to five tech giants — Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft — requiring them to turn over detailed information about past acquisitions. The FTC said it’ll review the information to ‘examine trends in acquisitions,’ including how firms report transactions and whether companies are making potentially anticompetitive moves.”
NiemanLab: Text-for-housing-data service Outlier Media and MuckRock combine to close more information gaps around the country. “Two nimble but powerful organizations are joining forces to continue reimagining journalism as a public service. The three-person team of Detroit’s text-for-housing-info startup Outlier Media is becoming part of MuckRock, the 10-year-old nonprofit news site focused on accountability journalism through public records, they announced Monday.”
ARN: Google strengthens no-code app dev tech with AppSheet acquisition. “Google has acquired AppSheet, a no-code application development platform, in a move that will see the company join the Google Cloud team. Outlined in a blog post by Amit Zavery, vice president and head of platform at Google Cloud, the acquisition will allow users to import data from from Android, Maps and Google Analytics in addition to existing functionality with Google Sheets and Forms in order to develop apps.”