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April 6, 2017, 11:05 AM

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Richard Leadbetter / Eurogamer.net:
A preview look at Project Scorpio reveals a console that is at least six months away from release and shows impressive performance in a game demo  —  Digital Foundry has the specs, has seen it running, and has talked to the people who built it.  —  Last week, Digital Foundry was invited …
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Microsoft reveals Project Scorpio specs: 8-core 2.3GHz CPU, custom GPU comprised of 40 units, 12GB GDDR5 RAM, 1TB hard drive, and 4K UHD Blu-ray drive  —  Microsoft has promised that their next console, Scorpio, will be “the most powerful console ever,” and today the company delivered on that promise …
Patrick Traughber / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter rolling out Twitter Lite, a new mobile web version optimized for slower connections and minimal data usage  —  Every day, millions of people around the world use Twitter to see what's happening right now.  However, there are several barriers to using Twitter, including slow mobile networks …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Pebble updates iOS and Android apps, decoupling smartwatches from dependency on cloud services so watches can work normally after Pebble servers shut down  —  One of the biggest questions for Pebble owners following the company's acquisition by Fitbit last year has been how long their watches would keep working going forward.
Wall Street Journal:
Comcast unveils Xfinity Mobile wireless phone service for its internet and TV subscribers for $65 a month, and $12/GB pay-as-you-go plan  —  Cable-TV giant to unveil cellular plans in challenge to Verizon, AT&T  —  Comcast Corp. CMCSA -1.19% is poised to enter the fiercely competitive wireless phone market …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify is considering directly listing its shares on a public exchange in September, instead of a traditional IPO  —  Music-streaming service considers a direct listing, bypassing the typical public-offering script  —  Music-streaming service Spotify AB is readying an initial public offering that is expected by year-end.
Samburaj Das / CryptoCoinsNews:
As Japan recognizes bitcoin as a legal payment method from April 2017, businesses may begin accepting bitcoin payments at around 260K retail outlets  —  Over a quarter of a million stores could be accepting bitcoin by summer this year.  —  The post Bitcoin Could Soon Be Accepted at 260,000 Stores …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Canonical will discontinue its Unity desktop interface, focusing on GNOME instead, and will shutter its mobile projects  —  Ubuntu phones and tablets are dead, but the desktop, server, and cloud live on.  —  Six years after making Unity the default user interface on Ubuntu desktops …
Kevin Gallo / Windows Blog:
Windows 10 Creators Update and Creators Update SDK are available for download now  —  This is a big day!  Today we opened access to download the Windows 10 Creators Update and, along with it, the Creators Update SDK.  And today is a great day for all Windows developers to get the SDK …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
YouTube's $35/mo. TV streaming service debuts in Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco Bay Area, with 4 major networks, 40+ cable channels  —  Young people in the United States have already made the switch from traditional television to streaming services.
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Ajit Pai plans to create Office of Economics and Data at FCC by the end of the year for better cost-benefit analysis of agency's regulations  —  New Office of Economics and Data could ease rollback of net-neutrality rules  —  WASHINGTON—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai …
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