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Eric Risberg / AP

Apple News has hired New York Magazine editor Lauren Kern as editor-in-chief of Apple's mobile-based news distribution app, Politico reports. Apple News replaced Apple's previous news app, the "Newsstand," in 2015, and has become a more user friendly and customized experience that's focused on design.

Why it matters: This is another example of the latest tech platform trend: Hire a veteran journalist to weed out bad content, and elevate news important to users. Examples:

  • Google hired Salon's Richard Gingras to lead its News products division in 2011.
  • Snapchat hired CNN's Peter Hamby as "Head of News" in 2015.
  • Facebook hired veteran anchor Campbell Brown to lead its Facebook Journalism Project in 2017.

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Myanmar's military regime on Saturday fired the country's ambassador to the United Nations, Kyaw Moe Tun, a day after he gave a pro-democracy speech asking UN member nations to publicly condemn the Feb. 1 coup, The New York Times reports.

The latest: Kyaw Moe Tun told Reuters later on Saturday, "I decided to fight back as long as I can."

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Italy tightens COVID restrictions as experts warn of growing prevalence of variants

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Italy on Saturday announced it was tightening restrictions in five of the country's 20 regions in an effort curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Driving the news: The announcement comes as health experts and scientists warn of the more transmissible coronavirus variants, per Reuters.

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