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April 19, 2017, 10:30 PM

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Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Facebook copying Snapchat's features reduces the competition to just who has the stronger network, illustrating how monopolies are bad for innovation  —  The shamelessness was breathtaking.  —  Having told a few jokes, summarized his manifesto, and acknowledged the victim of the so-called …
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google plans to introduce ad-blocking in Chrome, considers blocking all ads on sites with ads that don't meet Coalition for Better Ads' standards  —  Filter could strip out ads that provide bad experiences for users  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google is planning to introduce an ad-blocking feature …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft makes its Wunderlist successor, To-Do, available in preview as part of Office 365; Wunderlist will “eventually” be retired  —  Microsoft's ‘Project Cheshire,’ the successor to its Wunderlist to-do app, is now in public preview for many Office 365 users on a variety of devices.
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Inside Building 8, Facebook's moonshot lab working on a brain interface that translates thoughts into words and a project to use skin vibrations to “hear” words  —  The social network finally unveils what its secretive Building 8 hardware lab has been working on for the past year.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Tony Romm / Recode:
Amazon, Facebook, Google, Snap, and 150+ more file brief in federal court arguing against Trump's revised travel ban  —  Amazon, Facebook, Google and Snap are among those filing.  —  Amazon, Facebook, Google, Snap and more than 150 other tech companies told a federal court in Virginia today …
Bloomberg:
Tesla settles lawsuit against the former director of its Autopilot program, Aurora co-founder Sterling Anderson, says it has been paid $100K  —  Carmaker had alleged Sterling Anderson breached his contract  —  Anderson formed startup with former Google car project chief
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitch expands viewer subscriptions with $9.99/month and $24.99/month tiers, will launch new options as opt-in beta programs “very soon”  —  Confirming an earlier leak, the Amazon-owned live streaming service Twitch is today announcing an expanded lineup of subscription offerings …
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
Qualcomm beats Q2 2017 estimates with $5.99B revenue, up 10% YoY, but warns Q3 results could be negatively impacted by its patent dispute with Apple  —  Qualcomm reported earnings for the second fiscal quarter that beat analyst expectations on Wednesday, and revenue that topped estimates.
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