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April 18, 2017, 8:30 AM

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Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Intel discontinues Intel Developer Forum, citing its transition from a PC-centric to a data-centric company as the main reason  —  In a bit of breaking news this morning, it appears that Intel has decided to cancel their Intel Developer Forum tradeshow going forward, including this summer's expected IDF17.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Steve Ballmer unveiling USAFacts, his project to provide an online database of spending across federal, state, and local governments  —  Guess what Steven A. Ballmer has been up to for the last several years.  (No, not just cheering for the basketball team he owns, the Los Angeles Clippers.)
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google agrees to pay ~$7.8M and open up Android in Russia to settle two-year antitrust dispute with Russian competition watchdog FAS originally filed by Yandex  —  Google has reached a settlement with Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) agency in the antitrust case the Russian search rival Yandex …
Justin Osofsky / Facebook:
Facebook releases timeline of murder suspect's activity: first video uploaded 11:09AM PDT, first report received around 11:27AM, account disabled at 1:22PM  —  On Sunday morning, a man in Cleveland posted a video of himself announcing his intent to commit murder, then two minutes later posted another video …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Leaked documents reveal the hotel industry's plan to combat Airbnb with lobbying, pushing for bills at state level, and funds for anti-Airbnb research  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Last year, Airbnb underwent a rough regulatory patch.  —  The short-term rental company became a Federal Trade Commission target …
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission proposes rule that would require ride-hailing apps like Uber include in-app tipping, after Independent Drivers Guild petition  —  New Yorkers have for years been able to tip a taxi driver by adding a few dollars to their bill before swiping a credit card.
Trisha Thadani / San Francisco Chronicle:
H-1B visa applications drop for first time in four years, to 199K petitions, down from 236K last year  —  For the first time in years, the number of H-1B visa applications has decreased — a signal that President Trump's “America First” rhetoric is deterring employers from hiring foreign workers, experts say.
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Ina Fried / Axios:
Three month study of 3.1M drivers in US finds they used their phones at least once on 88% of trips  —  Everyone knows we are all using our phones while driving.  A lot.  —  And now there is hard data to back it up.  Zendrive studied actual device use among 3.1 million drivers …
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
Netflix reports $2.64B in Q1 revenue, nets 3.53M new international members vs 3.71M expected and 1.42M domestic vs 1.56M expected  —  Netflix posted first quarter earnings that beat expectations, and revenue that was in line with analysts' estimates on Monday.
Jared Jones / GitHub:
Github expands its developer program to include developers without paid accounts, announces new levels and benefits  —  For over three years, the GitHub Developer Program has been a launchpad for developers—from testing their newest applications to growing their biggest businesses.

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