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April 18, 2017, 10:05 AM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple launching three iPhones this fall; availability of flagship model with stainless steel frame and curved glass may be delayed  —  Apple is testing a revamped iPhone with an all-screen front, curved glass and a stainless steel frame alongside upgrades to the current models.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Steve Ballmer unveiling USAFacts, his project to provide an online database of spending across federal, state, and local governments  —  Guess what Steven A. Ballmer has been up to for the last several years.  (No, not just cheering for the basketball team he owns, the Los Angeles Clippers.)
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Intel discontinues Intel Developer Forum, citing its transition from a PC-centric to a data-centric company as the main reason  —  In a bit of breaking news this morning, it appears that Intel has decided to cancel their Intel Developer Forum tradeshow going forward, including this summer's expected IDF17.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google agrees to pay ~$7.8M and open up Android in Russia to settle two-year antitrust dispute with Russian competition watchdog FAS originally filed by Yandex  —  Google has reached a settlement with Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) agency in the antitrust case the Russian search rival Yandex …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Three month study of 3.1M drivers in US finds they used their phones at least once on 88% of trips  —  Everyone knows we are all using our phones while driving.  A lot.  —  And now there is hard data to back it up.  Zendrive studied actual device use among 3.1 million drivers …
Justin Osofsky / Facebook:
Facebook releases timeline of murder suspect's activity: first video uploaded 11:09AM PDT, first report received around 11:27AM, account disabled at 1:22PM  —  On Sunday morning, a man in Cleveland posted a video of himself announcing his intent to commit murder, then two minutes later posted another video …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Instagram now lets you organize bookmarks into private collections  —  Instagram will make its bookmarking feature more useful, the company announced this morning, with the introduction of “collections.”  The new feature will allow users to organize the posts they save into private groupings for easier access.
Trisha Thadani / San Francisco Chronicle:
H-1B visa applications drop for first time in four years, to 199K petitions, down from 236K last year  —  For the first time in years, the number of H-1B visa applications has decreased — a signal that President Trump's “America First” rhetoric is deterring employers from hiring foreign workers, experts say.
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Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission proposes rule that would require ride-hailing apps like Uber include in-app tipping, after Independent Drivers Guild petition  —  New Yorkers have for years been able to tip a taxi driver by adding a few dollars to their bill before swiping a credit card.

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