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April 19, 2016, 9:30 PM

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Intel Newsroom:
Intel announces cuts of 12K jobs, or 11% of global workforce, by mid-2017, with most cuts coming in next 60 days  —  Intel Announces Restructuring Initiative to Accelerate Transformation  —  Intel Corporation Announces a Restructuring to Speed its Transition to a Company that Powers the Cloud …
Kevin Kelly / Wired:
Magic Leap impressions: works well close up unlike some MR/VR systems, transition back to reality is effortless; mixed reality interface demoed in short video  —  The Untold Story of Magic Leap, the World's Most Secretive Startup  —  Don't call it a lens: Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz displaying …
Apple:
Apple's MacBook gets faster dual-core Skylake processors, longer battery life, 8GB memory, faster graphics, and rose gold finish, starting at $1,299  —  Apple Updates MacBook with Latest Processors, Longer Battery Life & New Rose Gold Finish  —  CUPERTINO, California April 19 …
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
Apple refused China's request for source code within last two years, said Apple's top lawyer Bruce Sewell in congressional hearing  —  Apple refused China request for source code in last two years: lawyer  —  Apple has been asked by Chinese authorities within the last two years to hand …
Fred Lambert / Electrek:
Sources: Apple hires former Tesla VP of Vehicle Engineering Chris Porritt for “special projects”, a likely candidate to lead Apple's electric car initiative  —  Exclusive: Apple hires former Tesla VP of Vehicle Engineering Chris Porritt for ‘special [car] project’
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Yahoo bidders include Verizon, TPG, and Bain Capital paired with Vista Equity Partners, which involves multiple former Yahoo execs including Ross Levinsohn  —  Yahoo bidders are few and far between, but include Verizon, TPG and a gang of exes  —  As Yahoo prepares to release what is widely expected …
Austin Walker / Giant Bomb:
Sources: upgraded PlayStation 4 is codenamed NEO, contains upgraded CPU, GPU, and RAM to support 4K output; there will be no NEO-exclusive games  —  Sources: The Upgraded PlayStation 4 is Codenamed NEO, Contains Upgraded CPU, GPU, RAM  —  Though the NEO will offer greater visual fidelity …
Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg:
How the Amazon Echo started as part of a secret AR project and ended up as a surprise hit  —  The Real Story of How Amazon Built the Echo  —  The talking speaker started as part of a secret augmented-reality project and ended up as a surprise hit. … Telling Jeff Bezos he's wrong is always a frightening proposition.
Adrian Ludwig / Google Online Security Blog:
Android security 2015 annual report: Google checks 6B+ installed apps per day for malware, and fewer than 0.15% of devices using only Google Play have malware  —  Android Security 2015 Annual Report  —  Posted by Adrian Ludwig, Lead Engineer, Android Security
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Study: 1 in 5 US households are using mobile-only internet, ditching wired broadband, compared to 1 in 10 in 2013  —  New data: Americans are abandoning wired home Internet  —  For the most part, America's Internet usage trends can be summed up in a few phrases.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook floats the idea of letting users add a tip jar to profit from posts, among others, in user survey about monetization  —  Facebook considers letting users add a tip jar to make money from posts  —  Facebook is exploring new ways for individual users to profit from their posts on the network, The Verge has learned.
Alastair Sharp / Reuters:
The Canadian Competition Bureau drops its antitrust investigation into Google  —  Canada's competition watchdog drops probe into Google  —  Canada's Competition Bureau said on Tuesday that it was dropping an investigation into Google after saying in 2013 that it suspected the company …

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