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Apple fires back at Spotify and disputes claim that it’s stifling innovation

“In fact, the Spotify Watch app is currently the No. 1 app in the Watch Music category” writes Maren Estrada for bgr.com. When Spotify submitted their Apple Watch app in September 2018, we reviewed and approved it with the same process and speed with which we would any other app.We’ve approved and distributed nearly 200 app updates on Spotify’s behalf, resulting in over 300 million downloaded copies of the Spotify app. Source: bgr.com

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Slack says it has removed 28 accounts for having a “clear affiliation with known hate groups”

“The use of Slack by hate groups runs counter to everything we believe in at Slack and is not welcome on our platform” writes Mar Edt for theverge.com. Here’s its somewhat vague announcement on the subject in full: Today we removed 28 accounts because of their clear affiliation with known hate groups. Source: theverge.com

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Microsoft’s Xbox Live social gaming feature can now be integrated into any iOS and Android app

“Microsoft is today launching a new Xbox Live mobile SDK to iOS and Android to allow developers to bring Xbox Live functionality to mobile platforms” writes Nuraphone Nura for 9to5mac.com. Microsoft is pushing hard at making its Xbox Live SDK available everywhere, not just on its Xbox and Windows platforms.While the company doesn’t have anything to announce today, Xbox Live could possibly be coming to other gaming platforms such as Nintendo Switch and Microsoft is open to the idea of bringing Xbox Live to the PS4 if Sony would allow…

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Crypto News Platforms 

Report: Over 40 Bugs in Blockchain and Crypto Platforms Detected Over Past 30 Days

“In the blockchain field, e-sports gambling platform Unikrn reportedly got the most vulnerability reports, amounting to 12 bugs” writes Ana Alexandre for cointelegraph.com. White hat hackers have detected over 40 bugs in blockchain and cryptocurrency platforms over the past 30 days, tech news outlet The Next Web (TNW) reported on March 14.Major American crypto exchange Coinbase and the developer of blockchain browser Brave, Brave Software, reportedly received one vulnerability report each.According to an investigation conducted by TNW, 13 blockchain- and cryptocurrency-related companies were hit with a total of 43 vulnerability…

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Crypto Markets News Platforms 

Canada: Regulatory Bodies Call on Crypto Industry to Participate in Securities Law Review

“Two national securities bodies in Canada have issued a joint consultation paper on March 14, aiming to gather industry feedback about cryptocurrency token regulation” writes William Suberg for cointelegraph.com. In a summary press release about the paper, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) said it was necessary to adapt existing laws in order to cope with the emergence of new trading platforms specializing in crypto-assets.Canada has maintained a reticent stance by comparison, with the tone of the latest documentation being conspicuously pro-change as…

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FCA May Impose Exit Fee Ban on Retail Investment Platforms

“According to the FCA, investment platforms had approximately $250 billion assets under management in 2013” writes David Kimberley for financemagnates.com. More specifically, the British regulator was looking at the problems retail investors face when using investment platforms.Similarly, the number of retail investment accounts in the UK grew by 2.2 million between 2013 to 2017.Amidst a wave of Brexit angst, the Financial Conduct Authority quietly released a report on Thursday detailing developments in the UK’s retail investment market.If there is going to be regulatory intervention by the FCA, it will be…

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Hyundai’s striking 2020 Sonata hides an all-new platform

“Hyundai this week has seen fit to deliver some details about the third-gen platform that underpins the 2020 Sonata” writes Andrew Krok for cnet.com. Hyundai unveiled the wildly designed 2020 Sonata last week, and now we’re learning a bit more about the new platform it rides on.The Sonata won’t be the only vehicle on this platform — Hyundai says there are other vehicles destined for this chassis, but it didn’t delve into specifics yet. Source: cnet.com

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News Oil Platforms 

Underwater mudslides are the biggest threat to offshore drilling, and energy companies aren’t ready for them

“In fact, however, the worst-case scenario for an oil spill catastrophe is not losing control of a single well, as occurred in the BP disaster” writes The Conversation for businessinsider.com. Oil companies spend billions of dollars to install and operate offshore platforms, but typically resist requests to use their infrastructure for monitoring the marine environment.Like generals planning for the last war, oil company managers and government inspectors tend to believe that because they survived the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, they are ready for all contingencies. Source: businessinsider.com

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