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April 18, 2016, 1:20 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
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 …
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.
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
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
The Minecraft Generation: How Mojang's virtual sandbox, which sells 10K copies per day, is teaching millions of children to master the digital world  —  The Minecraft Generation  —  How a clunky Swedish computer game is teaching hundreds of millions of children to master the digital world.  —  J
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
GGV Capital raises $1.2B, with $250M for “Discovery”, a fund focused largely on seed-stage opportunities in China  —  GGV Capital just raised $1.2 billion; here's where it plans to invest it  —  Back in February, we told you GGV Capital was raising a more than a billion dollars from its investors.
The Verge:
The history of content moderation, the laws that govern internet speech, and how safety works online  —  The secret rules of the internet  —  Julie Mora-Blanco remembers the day, in the summer of 2006, when the reality of her new job sunk in.  A recent grad of California State University …

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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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