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April 28, 2016, 9:50 AM

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Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
Oculus releases a Minecraft version for Gear VR headsets on the Oculus Store for $6.99  —  Minecraft enters virtual reality on Samsung's Gear VR headset  —  It's time to move beyond the smartphone screen and into the world of Minecraft.  —  Microsoft has launched Minecraft: Gear VR Edition on the Oculus Store for $7.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Facebook announces it will add a new class of non-voting stock for the company that will help keep Zuckerberg in control  —  Facebook is adding a new class of stock that will help keep Zuckerberg in control  —  Facebook today, as part of its earnings release, said it would add a new class …
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
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Jungah Lee / Bloomberg:
Samsung reports Q1 net profit of $4.6B, reversing 40% dip in previous quarter, helped by early release of Galaxy S7  —  Samsung Profit Beats Estimates as Early S7 Smartphone Release Pays Off  —  Latest smartphone model fuels gains in net income, sales  —  Common, preferred share repurchase of 2.03 trillion won
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast announces it will raise data cap from 300GB to 1TB on June 1; unlimited data customers will pay $50/month more  —  A Comcastic miracle: Data caps will go from 300GB to a terabyte  —  Going over the cap will be harder, but also more expensive.  —  Comcast today announced …
Christina Farr / Fast Company:
The first Apple CareKit health apps are out, and CareKit becomes available on GitHub today  —  Apple's First CareKit Apps Are Here  —  Developers can use CareKit to build apps that track patients' health between doctor's visits.  —  How often do you visit your doctor's office?  Three, four times per year?
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
Microsoft buys 10M strands of synthetic DNA from Twist Bioscience to experiment with long-term data storage  —  Microsoft is buying 10 million molecules of custom DNA from a San Francisco startup  —  Microsoft is buying 10 million strands of long oligonucleotides — laboratory-made molecules of DNA …
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Comcast to Buy DreamWorks for $3.8 Billion  —  DreamWorks shareholders to get $41 in cash for each share they own  —  Comcast Corp. on Thursday said it agreed to buy DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. for about $3.8 billion, in a deal that could make the cable giant a rival to Walt Disney Co. in the lucrative family-entertainment business.
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
Email Privacy Act unanimously passes House, requiring a warrant before asking companies to hand over emails, heads to Senate with strong bipartisan support  —  Email privacy bill unanimously passes U.S. House  —  The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously on Wednesday …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Spotify buys photo aggregator CrowdAlbum to build more marketing tools for artists  —  Spotify has made another acquisition to build out the tools that it provides to artists who use Spotify's streaming platform to grow their listeners and overall business.  It has bought CrowdAlbum …

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