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April 20, 2018, 6:40 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google rebrands its version of RCS as “Chat” to replace SMS, enlists major carrier support and pauses Allo development to focus on default Android Messages app  —  A top-tier Android phone can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, and for that money, you'll get some amazing features.
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Sources: DOJ is investigating AT&T, Verizon, and GSMA for possible collusion in thwarting eSIM technology that would allow users to switch carriers more easily  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into potential coordination by AT&T …
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Photo-sharing and storage company SmugMug acquires Flickr from Oath, promises to revitalize and maintain Flickr as a standalone service  —  These are the best underwater photos in the world... Buzz60  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Flickr has been snapped up by Silicon Valley photo-sharing and storage company SmugMug, USA TODAY has learned.
Drew FitzGerald / Wall Street Journal:
At antitrust trial, AT&T CEO announced AT&T Watch, a $15/month streaming TV bundle without sports; service is free for cellular customers, will debut in weeks  —  CEO unveils ‘skinny bundle’ service in testimony during antitrust case  —  AT&T Inc. T 0.13% plans to launch a …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple's efforts to lessen its reliance on Samsung as the sole OLED display supplier for iPhones in peril due to manufacturing problems at LG Display  —  Manufacturing problems at South Korea's LG Display could force Apple to rely solely on its competitor for high-end and costly smartphone screens
Patrick Howell O'Neill / Cyberscoop:
Twitter bans Kaspersky Lab from advertising on its network, pointing to DHS' September notice of vendor's ties to Russian intelligence services  —  Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has been banned from advertising on Twitter due to its allegedly close and active ties between …
Reuters:
German Supreme Court rules that ad blockers are legal, in favor of Adblock Plus, and throws out a case brought by Axel Springer  —  KARLSRUHE/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a case brought by Axel Springer seeking to ban a popular application …
Joseph Tsidulko / CRN:
Pivotal closes up ~5% on its first day of trading after raising $555M in its IPO at a valuation of ~$3.8B  —  Pivotal Software, the spin-out of EMC and VMware that's the leading force behind the Cloud Foundry project, became a publicly traded company Friday with its listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
A look at the different methods and technologies that Waymo and Tesla use to collect data from the billions of miles their self-driving vehicles have driven  —  Autonomous cars won't happen without tons of data.  Tesla and Waymo have a big head start  —  There's a race happening right …

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