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April 23, 2018, 1:25 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.
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 …
Mark Mulligan / Music Industry Blog:
At $7.4B, streaming revenue was 43% of all recorded music revenues in 2017; revenue for artists selling directly via platforms like Bandcamp grew 27.2% YoY  —  2017 was a stellar year for the recorded music business.  Global recorded music revenues reached $17.4 billion in 2017 in trade values …

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AWS Startups:
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TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Clearbanc co-founder and president Michele Romanow is coming to Disrupt SF  —  Raising venture capital isn't easy; for some, it's impossible.  Clearbanc offers startups a fundraising alternative …
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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