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April 15, 2015, 1:40 PM

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EU Press Room:
Antitrust: EU 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 …
Google Europe Blog:
Google responds to European Commission's Android investigation, saying the OS helped create more choice and innovation on mobile than ever before  —  Android has helped create more choice and innovation on mobile than ever before  —  It's hard to believe, but smartphones barely existed ten years ago.
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.
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.
Andrew Hoyle / CNET:
Huawei anoounces P8 with 5.2" full HD display, 8MP front, 13MP back cameras, 64-bit Kirin 930 octa-core CPU, 2,600 mAh battery; priced around €475  —  Huawei P8 mixes all-metal body with octa-core chip for an affordable price  —  LONDON — Huawei has a new flagship smartphone to boast about and it's called the P8.
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Communication services group WPP acquires Medialets, a mobile ad serving and measurement company  —  WPP Acquires Medialets, a Mobile Ad Measurement Company  —  WPP has acquired mobile ad serving and measurement company Medialets, the companies said Wednesday.
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 …
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 …
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.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Sources Say Yahoo, Foursquare Are Not in Talks  —  Yahoo is not in talks to buy local recommendations service Foursquare, according to multiple people familiar with the companies.  Earlier today, TechCrunch reported a possible deal and floated a $900 million price tag.
Paul Carsten / Reuters:
China's JD.com sets up cross-border e-commerce platform in challenge to Alibaba  —  (Reuters) - JD.com Inc, China's No. 2 e-commerce player, on Wednesday launched its JD Worldwide cross-border online shopping platform, a challenger to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's Tmall Global service.

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