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April 20, 2016, 1:20 PM

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EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Google on Android operating system and applications  —  The European Commission has informed Google of its preliminary view that the company has, in breach of EU antitrust rules, abused its dominant position by imposing restrictions …
James Vincent / The Verge:
EU antitrust complaint against Android focuses on Google's prioritizing of its own services; Google says its business model keeps costs low, flexibility high  —  EU lodges formal antitrust complaint against Android  —  The European Union has notified Google of formal antitrust charges …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Tech coalitions pen open letter to Burr and Feinstein over bill banning encryption  —  A group of tech coalitions has written an open letter to Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), concerning their bill requiring all encryption to be breakable on command …
Samit Sarkar / Polygon:
Microsoft stops manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles, will continue to sell remaining inventory and support existing consoles  —  Microsoft ending Xbox 360 production  —  IT'S NOT GOING ANYWHERE, THOUGH
John Ribeiro / Computerworld:
Mesosphere makes its data center management software, DC/OS, open source  —  Mesosphere open-sources data center management software  —  Cloud computing startup Mesosphere has decided to open source its platform for managing data center resources, with the backing of over 60 tech companies …
Alex Heath / Tech Insider:
Snapchat comes under fire for ‘digital blackface’ filter that turns you into Bob Marley  —  Snapchat is facing backlash over a new filter that turns anyone into Jamaican singer Bob Marley.  The filter appears to be timed to coincide with April 20, a special day for cannabis enthusiasts.
Gmail Blog:
Google updates Inbox with feature that gathers emails related to specific events, Save to Inbox feature for links, newsletter previews  —  Inbox by Gmail: a better way to keep track of events, newsletters and links  —  Life can get really busy.  Inboxes too.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
How Apple's unitary organizational structure creates great products but subpar services  —  Apple's Organizational Crossroads  —  Apple is unique, and I mean that objectively.  —  Forget about products for a moment, about which reasonable people can disagree.
Intel Newsroom:
Intel announces cuts of 12K jobs, or 11% of global workforce, by mid-2017, with most cuts coming in next 60 days  —  Intel Announces Restructuring Initiative to Accelerate Transformation  —  Intel Corporation Announces a Restructuring to Speed its Transition to a Company that Powers the Cloud …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook floats the idea of letting users add a tip jar to profit from posts, among others, in user survey about monetization  —  Facebook considers letting users add a tip jar to make money from posts  —  Facebook is exploring new ways for individual users to profit from their posts on the network, The Verge has learned.
Austin Walker / Giant Bomb:
Sources: upgraded PlayStation 4 is codenamed NEO, contains stronger CPU, GPU, and faster RAM to support 4K output; there will be no NEO-exclusive games  —  Sources: The Upgraded PlayStation 4 is Codenamed NEO, Contains Upgraded CPU, GPU, RAM  —  Though the NEO will offer greater visual fidelity …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Yahoo bidders include Verizon, TPG, and Bain Capital paired with Vista Equity Partners, which involves multiple former Yahoo execs including Ross Levinsohn  —  Yahoo bidders are few and far between, but include Verizon, TPG and a gang of exes  —  As Yahoo prepares to release what is widely expected …
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:

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