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April 14, 2015, 8:00 PM

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Financial Times:
Sources: EU's competition commissioner to announce that formal charges will be filed against Google, alleging traffic was diverted from rivals  —  Europe to accuse Google of illegally abusing its dominance  —  Alex Barker and Christian Oliver in Brussels and Anne-Sylvaine Chassany in Paris
Apple:
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off June 8 at San Francisco's Moscone West  —  Developers Can Apply for Tickets Now & Millions Worldwide Can Watch Sessions Streamed Live  —  Apple® today announced that it will hold its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) …
Roger Fingas / AppleInsider:
Apple bans selfie sticks, monopods from WWDC 2015  —  In an update to the rules for Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple is banning 2015 attendees from using selfie sticks or any other kind of photo monopod within the bounds of either Moscone West or Yerba Buena Gardens.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Play's New Program “Designed For Families” Will Highlight Pre-Approved, Kid-Safe Apps  —  Google today announced a new developer program called “Designed For Families” which will allow app publishers to opt into an additional review in order have their apps labeled as being “family-friendly.”
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
IHS report: Verizon 64GB Galaxy S6 Edge costs about $290 to build, more than Apple's iPhones, and $34 more than Galaxy S5  —  Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge Is More Expensive to Build Than Apple's iPhones  —  Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6 Edge, is the most costly yet to build and assemble …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Skype For Business Begins Rolling Out Publicly Today  —  Microsoft's “Skype for Business,” which is designed to replace the company's older enterprise communication tool Lync, is rolling out publicly today as part of the Office 2013 April update, the company announced this morning.
Rexly Peñaflorida / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Opera launches redesigned Mini browser for Android, hopes to grow user base to 275M by 2017  —  Opera Mini Update Sports New Look And Features  —  The Opera Mini browser is one of Opera's three browsers for mobile devices.  Compared to the regular Opera mobile browser and Opera Coast for iOS …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
On-demand pot delivery service Eaze raises $10M Series A round led by DCM Ventures, with Snoop Dogg's venture fund as an investor  —  ‘Uber For Weed’ Startup Eaze Raises $10 Million In Funding Led By DCM Ventures  —  There's an Uber for everything nowadays, so why not an Uber for weed?
Nokia:
Nokia confirms it is in advanced discussions to acquire Alcatel-Lucent  —  Statement regarding Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent media speculation  —  In relation to recent media speculation Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent confirm that they are in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Chinese streaming video service Letv announces its Le Superphone smartphone is headed for the US, in a profoundly unconvincing pitch  —  After comparing Apple to Hitler, Chinese company reveals Le Superphone  —  Two weeks ago, to build buzz for the Android smartphone it announced today, Chinese tech company Letv turned to Hitler.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Path launches Kong, an app for creating and sharing animated selfies, on iOS and Android  —  Path's New App Kong Is A Selfie GIF Creation Machine  —  Most people know Dave Morin's Path for its eponymous social networking app, which sought to create a more intimate place for mobile users to share with their closest friends.
Robin Sidel / Wall Street Journal:
American Express and Jawbone plan to let cardholders use future fitness bands for purchases at select merchants  —  AmEx, Jawbone Team Up to Allow Payments Via Fitness Bands  —  Partnership latest to add payment function to devices  —  Fitness enthusiasts may soon be able to shop while they work out.

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