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April 20, 2015, 4:25 PM

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Ina Fried / Re/code:
Sources: Nokia plans a return to the consumer phone market in 2016, has a virtual reality project and more in the works  —  Nokia Plots 2016 Return to Phone Market  —  Four years ago, Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO at the time, described Nokia as a man at the edge of a burning platform.
Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg Business:
Elon Musk had a deal to sell Tesla to Google in 2013 for about $6B and another $5B in capital for factory expansions  —  Elon Musk Had a Deal to Sell Tesla to Google in 2013  —  On the verge of bankruptcy, the company sought a savior in Larry Page  —  This story is excerpted and adapted …
Bradon / OnePlus Blog:
OnePlus One smartphone now available to buy globally for everyone without an invite  —  Open Sales for the OnePlus One, Forever  —  This week marks a very special anniversary for OnePlus.  Exactly one year ago this Thursday, April 23rd, we announced the OnePlus One to the world.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Oscar Raises $145M At A $1.5B Valuation To Build A New Healthcare, Insurance Giant  —  Oscar, a company founded to rethink how a health insurer should look and act in the digital age and after the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act, is scaling up with a big $145 million round …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Android Wear's Second Big Update Is Coming: Gestures, WiFi, And Better UI In The Next Few Weeks  —  Word around the rumor mill was that Android Wear was about to get a pretty big update — and sure enough, such an update is officially on the way.  —  Here's whats new...  Wrist Flicking Gestures:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
AMD reveals Windows 10 will launch in late July  —  Microsoft's launch of Windows 10 will likely take place in late July, according to AMD.  During AMD's latest earnings call last week, president and CEO Lisa Su revealed the launch timing for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system.
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Twitter now allows you to accept DMs from anyone — again  —  Twitter is launching a feature that will let users accept any and all DMs, regardless of whether they follow the sender or not.  —  You may be saying to yourself, wait, didn't Twitter already launch this feature?  The answer is no, not exactly.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Qualcomm plans to use Samsung's foundries for Snapdragon 820 production, instead of TSMC  —  Exclusive: Qualcomm to Use Samsung's Foundries for Its Next High-End Chip  —  Breaking from past practice, Qualcomm plans to have its next-generation Snapdragon 820 processor manufactured …
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Mat Smith / Engadget:
Sony launches flagship Xperia Z4 in Japan, with Snapdragon 810, 5.2" FHD display, 3GB RAM, and an image-stabilizing selfie camera  —  Sony's new flagship smartphone has an image-stabilizing selfie camera  —  Sony's unveiled its new smartphone in Japan, the Xperia Z4, and like you might tell …
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Russian hackers exploit Flash, Windows flaws to spy on diplomats  —  Summary:Recently discovered vulnerabilities are being used by the Russian APT28 group to spy on government targets and steal politically sensitive data.  —  Symantec  —  FireEye has detected the use of zero …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Discrimination suit against Uber for refusing to transport guide dogs allowed to proceed  —  Uber must face lawsuit claiming bias against blind riders  —  (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc must defend against a lawsuit accusing the popular ride-sharing service of discriminating …

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