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Situational awareness:

  • Federal prosecutors are pursuing a criminal investigation into deals Facebook made with "at least two" large smartphone makers to access user data like friend lists and contact information, without explicit consent from its users. (NYT)
  • SoftBank and Toyota are in talks to invest around $1 billion in Uber's self-driving unit. (Reuters)
  • Two black boxes from the Boeing 737 MAX plane that crashed in Ethiopia arrived in Paris for analysis. (Reuters)
  • Shares of GE dropped in pre-market trading after 2019 earnings forecast fell short of analysts' estimates. (CNBC)

Editor's note: The top story was corrected to show Maastricht limits say government deficit should be no greater than 3% of GDP (not 60%).