April 20, 2018, 10:15 AM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google unveils Chat, an RCS-based carrier messaging service to supplant SMS, with typing indicators, full-res pics, video, group texts, no end-to-end encryption  —  A top-tier Android phone can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, and for that money, you'll get some amazing features.
Zeke Turner / Wall Street Journal:
How Iceland, which offers plentiful energy and cooling, is reckoning with a tech boom driven by data centers that cause power usage to surge  —  Lawmakers rethink whether a proliferation of data centers lured by the island's Nordic climate and geothermal steam is risking the environment and tourism business
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Profile of Mark Zuckerberg as told by those who knew him growing up in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and those who met him on his 2017 tour of the US  —  The world's largest social network needs fixing.  Facebook's frontman has known for years. … A few years ago, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife …
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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple open sources FoundationDB core, three years after acquiring the database company  —  Apple owned-company FoundationDB today announced that the FoundationDB core has been open sourced with the goal of building an open community with all major development done in the open.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
MoviePass parent to sell 10.5M shares at $2.75, 28.2% below Wednesday's $3.83 closing price, as auditor has “substantial doubt” about MoviePass' future  —  Shares of Helios and Matheson Analytics, the majority owner of MoviePass, plummeted more than 40% in early trading Thursday …
Wall Street Journal:
Filings show gaming chat app Discord has raised ~$50M, bringing total funding to ~$152M, at a valuation of ~$1.65B; Discord says it had 90M users as of January  —  Maker of videogame chat app raises fresh $50 million  —  Discord Inc., maker of a popular chatting tool for PC and mobile gamers …
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