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April 19, 2015, 5:20 AM

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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 …
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.
Mandi Woodruff / Yahoo! Finance:
Funds left in Google Wallet Balance will now be FDIC insured  —  YAHOO FINANCE EXCLUSIVE: Google Wallet just got a lot safer  —  Google (GOOGL) is making a big change to its mobile payment service, Google Wallet, Yahoo Finance has learned.  Funds that are left in Google Wallet will now be FDIC-insured …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google says experimental UDP-based transport protocol QUIC improves Google search load times by 3%, ramps up usage in Chrome  —  Google Wants To Speed Up The Web With Its QUIC Protocol  —  You may have never heard of it, but if you are a Chrome users, chances are you've used Google's QUIC protocol already.
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.

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