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April 21, 2017, 6:00 PM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple hired two executives who worked on satellites at Google, held talks with Boeing about investment or partnership in Boeing's satellite venture  —  Apple said to have held talks about investing in Boeing satellite broadband project  —  After revolutionizing phones …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Samsung and Google partner to make Google Play Music the default music service on new Samsung phones and tablets worldwide, starting with Galaxy S8 and S8+  —  Samsung and Google today announced a new partnership that will make Google Play Music the default music player and music service including …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Elon Musk reveals plans for his startup Neuralink, says initial focus is on developing neural implants for treating brain injuries, to explore telepathy later  —  Startup Neuralink aims to treat disabled and ultimately create a new language of ‘consensual telepathy’
Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat:
Quora raises $85M round led by Y Combinator to expand internationally and develop its ads business; CEO Adam D'Angelo says the platform has 190M monthly uniques  —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  Quora is known for being an under-the-radar company.  But in an exclusive interview with VentureBeat …
Daniel Rubino / Windows Central:
Leaked document shows recommended minimum specs for Windows 10 Cloud OS devices: quad-core Celeron or better CPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 40 WHr+ battery  —  A new low-cost Surface device and Windows 10 Cloud OS combo could do some serious damage to Google's Chromebook ambitions in U.S. schools.
Alex Barnsbee / IOActive Labs Research:
Researchers find 10 vulnerabilities in 20+ Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers; Linksys issues security advisory to mitigate risks until new firmware is available  —  Last year I acquired a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi router, more specifically the EA3500 Series.  I chose Linksys (previously owned by Cisco …
Michael Nunez / Gizmodo:
Plastc, the all-in-one smart payment card that raised $9M+ in preorders and failed to ship any product, says it will file for bankruptcy  —  There are dozens of ways to pay for things, but apparently, the world was not ready for one more.  Plastc, the company that promised to put …

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