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April 23, 2018, 2:40 PM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon is working on a domestic robot codenamed Vesta that can navigate inside homes like a driverless car  —  Prototypes can navigate from room to room like driverless cars  —  Company hopes to start testing bots in homes later this year  —  Ten years ago, Amazon introduced …
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Apple's acquisition of Shazam faces extended EU probe as antitrust regulators worry that Apple might halt Shazam referrals and use Shazam data to hamper rivals  —  EU says concerned Apple could use Shazam data to hamper rivals  —  Probe also looking whether Apple could halt Shazam referrals
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
In interview Kogan admits he broke Facebook's ToS but his app was within norms, says he worked on 10+ papers with Pete Fleming, now Instagram's head of research  —  Aleksandr Kogan, the Cambridge University academic whose app has set off the firestorm about online user data, says he's considering suing Facebook.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Glowforge finally launches its $2,495 3D laser printer to consumers, after breaking crowdfunding records for the device in October 2015  —  Glowforge has raised more investment dollars as the Seattle startup starts selling its 3D laser printer to the general public and continues to fulfill delayed orders from its crowdfunding campaign.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Razer doubles down on Southeast Asia and payments with announcement of deal to acquire MOL Global for $61M, after investing $20M in the company last year  —  Gaming hardware maker Razer, which went public in a big IPO in Hong Kong last year, is doubling down on payments after it announced …
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Nicholas Megaw / Financial Times:
TransferWise becomes first non-bank firm to get direct access to Bank of England's interbank payment systems to process payments without intermediary banks  —  TransferWise has become the first fintech group to gain direct access to the Bank of England's interbank payment systems …
Reuters:
Around 40 Chinese mutual funds have adjusted the valuation of ZTE in their portfolios, some by 20-30%, since it suspended trading following US trade sanctions  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese funds have slashed valuations of ZTE Corp (000063.SZ) (0763.HK) after the United States banned American companies …

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