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  • International Trade Commission announces probe into wearable devices by Fitbit, Garmin, and other companies following a patent infringement complaint from Philips and Philips North America; Philips seeks tariffs or an import ban; the ITC noted it had not yet determined the merits of the case - Link

  • Instagram removes posts and accounts expressing positive sentiment regarding deceased Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, citing compliance with US sanctions; President Trump designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization in April, and Instagram removed Soleimani's page at that time - Link

  • G/O Media (formerly Gizmodo Media) announces Deadspin will relocate to Chicago and operate in the same building as fellow G/O site The Onion; Deadspin stopped publishing new content shortly after a mass exodus of New York City writers in October; the writers quit in protest of then-Editorial Director Paul Maidment's demand that they write exclusively about sports; Maidment stepped down in November - Link

  • Facebook ($622B market cap) closed at an all-time high of $218.30 on Thursday and hit an all-time intraday high of $219.88 on Friday; the stock finished down 0.11% on Friday; the previous closing peak, set in July 2018, gave way to a slump, and the stock lost almost half of its value by December 2018 - attributable to decreased profit margins - Link

  • Tencent reveals WeChat users spent $115B in the social platform's "mini-programs" last year, up 160 percent year-over-year; the company plans to increase focus on the apps-within-the-app this year, introducing new capabilities like shoppable live streaming; current mini-programs facilitate ticket sales, bicycle rentals, more - Link