April 25, 2016, 10:25 AM

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Sources: Apple has a Berlin office seeking engineers and partners for a car project; talks with BMW and Daimler ended, Magna believed to be current favorite  —  Exclusive: BMW, Daimler Reject Cooperation with Apple over “iCar”  —  German carmakers Daimler and BMW have ended talks with Apple …
John Herrman / New York Times:
Vox Media launches a gadget blog, Circuit Breaker, primarily as a Facebook page, with a section on The Verge's website as well  —  Vox Media Tries Something Old on Something New  —  Vox Media, the ambitious online news start-up that runs Vox, a politics site; SB Nation, a network of sports sites …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Chrome OS source code hints at upcoming Google Play Store support for the platform  —  It looks like the Play Store is headed to Chrome OS with “millions” of apps  —  Google Play integration clues pop up in the source code and on users' devices.  —  The work-in-progress dialog box that a user was able to bring up.
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Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Pinterest execs and engineers discuss overhauling its underlying software, its new iOS app, plans to capture international audiences, more  —  Pinterest Reinvents Itself to Prove It's Really Worth Billions  —  It's a week before Pinterest will announce its biggest engineering and design overhaul ever …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
High-end smartphones priced at about $400 are on the rise, disrupting $700 flagships  —  The rise of the $400 smartphone—you want how much for a flagship?  —  Newcomers to the smartphone market are arriving with disruptive pricing.  —  For a long time, the cost of a fast …
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Nathan McAlone / Business Insider:
Sources: Google plans an in-house startup incubator “Area 120” overseen by Don Harrison and Bradley Horowitz and located in San Francisco  —  Google has a new division called ‘Area 120’ where employees can build their own startups  —  Google is creating an in-house startup incubator …
Dan Grover:
WeChat PM: chat apps succeed when they streamline high-friction processes like app installation, login, and payment, not when they rely on conversational UI  —  Bots won't replace apps.  Better apps will replace apps.  —  Lately, everyone's talking about “conversational UI.”  It's the next big thing.
Leena Rao / Fortune:
COO Vishal Makhijani appointed Udacity's CEO; Sebastian Thrun steps down, but will remain president and chairman  —  Sebastian Thrun Steps Down As Udacity's CEO  —  Udacity's founder Sebastian Thrun is stepping down as chief executive officer, the company announced on Friday.
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