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April 18, 2015, 8:25 PM

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Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
WhatsApp hits 800M monthly active users, stays on pace to reach 1B users by year's end  —  WhatsApp Hits 800 Million Users — 1 Billion by Year-End?  —  “What I'd say around messaging is we're pretty early in that cycle,” Zuckerberg said during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call.
Mark Hachman / PCWorld:
Comcast to bring two-gigabit Internet service to Bay Area, boost existing tiers  —  Comcast said Friday that it will bring its 2-gigabit symmetrical Gigabit Pro service to San Francisco Bay Area consumers in May, sidestepping Google and its own fiber plans.  The company also said it will boost …
Joshua Ho / AnandTech:
Galaxy S6, S6 edge review: Exynos is SoC to beat in Android space for the next 6 months, battery life effectively the same as S5, camera comparable to iPhone  —  The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Review  —  As recently as the Galaxy S5, Samsung had a fundamentally different strategy from companies like HTC and Apple.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
After years of testing, Google has replaced the URL with the site name and breadcrumb trail in the mobile search snippets  —  Google Replaces A Site's URL In Search Results & Uses Its Site Name & Breadcrumb Path  —  Google announced they've begun replacing the URL within the search result snippet area …
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Microsoft supports many groups lobbying for regulatory action against Google in Europe and US  —  Microsoft, Once an Antitrust Target, Is Now Google's Regulatory Scold  —  BRUSSELS — Not long ago, Microsoft was the scourge of European antitrust regulators.  —  It was fined not once, not twice, not thrice but four times.
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com:
Major Update to Office Sway Adds Focus Points, Interactive Charts and More  —  Office Sway received a major update today that adds image Focus Points, Accent highlighting, interactive charts, and easier document embeds to Microsoft's cloud-based app for dynamic, interactive web apps.
David McLaughlin / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: US Justice Department lawyers leaning against Comcast merger with Time Warner Cable, could submit recommendation next week  —  U.S. Antitrust Lawyers Said to Be Leaning Against Comcast Merger  —  Staff attorneys at the Justice Department's antitrust division are nearing a recommendation …
Jennifer Baker / The Register:
French privacy watchdog received 260 Right to be Forgotten complaints last year and referred around 90 cases to Google  —  ‘Right to be forgotten’ prompts more French privacy concerns  —  Fewer than 100 incidents actually reported to Google, however  —  French data protection authority …

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