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April 15, 2015, 10:45 AM

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EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Google on comparison shopping service; opens separate formal investigation on Android  —  Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Google on comparison shopping service; opens separate formal investigation on Android
The Official Google Blog:
Google responds to EU's antitrust charges on display and ranking of shopping results  —  The Search for Harm  —  In the summer of 2010, Google announced plans to acquire the flight search provider, ITA.  As we said at the time, while many people buy their airline tickets online …
More: BetaNews, Telegraph and WebProNewsTweets: @nytimesbits
Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Memo: Google responds to EU's imminent antitrust charges, says it expects EU to open investigation into Android on Wednesday  —  Here Is Google's Internal Response to the Imminent EU Charges (Memo)  —  On Wednesday, the European Union is expected to drop the hammer on Google …
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg Business:
Samsung created a standalone team of about 200 working exclusively on displays for Apple  —  Samsung Is Creating a Team That Will Make Screens for Apple Devices Only  —  Samsung Electronics Co. created a standalone team of about 200 employees working exclusively on screens for Apple Inc. products …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Nokia Agrees to Buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 Billion  —  Nokia said late Tuesday that it plans to buy rival network gear maker Alcatel-Lucent for 15.6 billion euros ($16.6 billion) in stock.  —  The deal has been approved by both companies' boards but still requires regulatory and other approvals.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
App Annie: iOS App Store worldwide Q1 2015 revenue was about 70% higher than on Google Play, up from 60% in Q3 2014 due to growth in China  —  Revenue Gap Between iOS And Android Apps Grows, Thanks To China  —  Due to Android's sizable market share, Google Play apps have historically led iOS apps …
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com:
Microsoft's long list of apps for iOS highlight company's commitment to the platform  —  Microsoft + iPhone  —  Just a few years ago, there was a sharp divide between fans of Microsoft and fans of the iPhone.  But in this “mobile first, cloud first” world, it's now possible …
Edgar Su / Reuters:
Samsung Electronics says demand for Galaxy S6 models much higher than planned for  —  (Reuters) - South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) on Wednesday said demand for both the flat-screen and curved-screen models of its new flagship Galaxy S6 smartphones is “much higher” than initially planned for.
Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:
In-store analytics vendor RetailNext raises $125M Series E, mostly from existing investors  —  RetailNext Bags $125 Million for International Expansion, Acquisitions … Acting like a Google Analytics for brick-and-mortar retailers, RetailNext Inc. has grown quickly in recent years to log …
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
2015 MacBook review: weight, battery life, display, and keyboard make up for weak performance  —  The 2015 MacBook Review  —  I'm still not entirely sure when it actually happened, but at some point over the last couple of years the crossover between tablets and laptops stopped being an idea and became a real thing.
Financial Times:
BlaBlaCar buys ride-sharing competitors, German Carpooling.com and Hungarian AutoHop; combined company will have 20M users across 18 markets  —  BlaBlaCar buys ride-sharing competitors to lock in European lead  —  BlaBlaCar is buying its strongest competitor in Europe as the online ride …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple buys Israeli camera technology company LinX for about $20M  —  Apple Buys Israeli Camera-Technology Company LinX  —  Companies had been discussing acquisition price of about $20 million  —  Apple Inc. has acquired Israeli camera-technology company LinX Computational Imaging Ltd.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tumblr 4.0 Arrives On iOS With Better Blogging Tools, Filtered Search, And A New Widget  —  Tumblr this morning has begun to roll out a sizable update to its iOS application with the release of Tumblr 4.0.  The new application, which also now appears under a revamped app icon …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Surface 3 review: great build quality, good battery life, poor CPU and storage performance; useful accessories are paid extras  —  Surface 3 review: Smaller, slower, cheaper... better?  —  Switching to an x86 processor has made the Surface so much better.  —  To understand the Surface 3, you must first understand the Surface Pro 3.

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