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April 18, 2016, 11:30 AM

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Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon to offer $8.99/month stand-alone video streaming option in US; Prime membership to be offered monthly for first time for $10.99/month in US  —  Amazon Ups the Ante on Streaming Video  —  New stand-alone option for its service is direct challenge to rival Netflix
Dr. Raymond M. Soneira / DisplayMate:
9.7-inch iPad Pro has the “best performing mobile LCD display that we have ever tested”  —  iPad Pro 9.7 Display Technology Shoot-Out  —  iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 9.7  —  President, DisplayMate Technologies Corporation  —  into any other work without the prior written permission of DisplayMate Technologies Corporation
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Verizon tops pack of Yahoo bidders as deadline arrives; Time, AT&T, others drop out as Daily Mail remains in talks with private equity co-bidders  —  Verizon Tops Pack of Suitors Chasing Yahoo  —  Telecom giant looks to build online ad business; Time, other potential bidders won't make offers
Sharyn Alfonsi / CBS News:
On 60 Minutes, security expert Karsten Nohl eavesdrops on cellphone calls and texts knowing just the phone's number by hacking SS7, a global carrier protocol  —  Hacking Your Phone  —  Sharyn Alfonsi reports on how cellphones and mobile phone networks are vulnerable to hacking
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn launches LinkedIn Students app for Android, iOS in the US to help college grads find a job  —  LinkedIn's newest app helps college grads find jobs  —  For all the talk about its benefit to the “economic graph,” one of the main things LinkedIn is recognized for is being an online resume …
Anton Shilov / AnandTech:
Intel unveils Apollo Lake next generation platform for cheap Atom-based devices, with first products shipping in the second half of 2016  —  Intel Unveils New Low-Cost PC Platform: Apollo Lake with 14nm Goldmont Cores  —  This week, at IDF Shenzhen, Intel has formally introduced …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook's David Marcus on bots rollout: bots should respond in under 5 seconds, server load may be to blame for latency; new ecosystem takes time to get right  —  Facebook Messenger's David Marcus on the rocky rollout of bots  —  The search for the killer bot is well underway in Silicon Valley — but it's off to a rocky start.
IFPI:
Global streaming music revenues grew 45% to $2.9B in 2015; paying users hit an estimated 68M, up from 41M in 2014  —  IFPI Global Music Report 2016  —  Global music revenues increase 3.2% as digital revenues overtake physical for the first time  — Digital sales contribute 45 per cent …
David Pierce / Wired:
Google VP of VR Clay Bavor describes his vision for VR: perfectly capture and depict reality, create VR spaces for free expression  —  Clay Bavor, Google's VP of VR, on His Plan to Make Virtual Reality Amazing for Everyone  —  In late 2013, Clay Bavor began experimenting with teleportation.
Christian Oliver / Financial Times:
Sources: EU antitrust charges against Google over Android may be announced very soon  —  Europe nearing Google antitrust charges  —  Brussels has stepped up its efforts to finalise antitrust charges related to the Android mobile operating system, advancing a case which is set to sharply escalate …

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