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April 25, 2018, 10:15 AM

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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Google begins rolling out a visual and security revamp of Gmail with confidential mode, snoozing, nudging for time-sensitive emails, 2FA per message, IRM, more  —  Snoozing, nudging, hover actions, and a new sidebar — it's a mobile app on the web!  —  The world's most popular email service is getting a big overhaul today.
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
Twitter beats Q1 estimates with revenue of $665M, up 21% YoY, vs. $605.9M est., and says DAUs up 10% YoY; MAUs up 3% YoY to 336M vs. 334.2M est.; stock up 4%+  —  Revenue increases 21 percent, the biggest jump in two years  —  Monthly active users rise by 3 percent to 336 million
Mat Honan / BuzzFeed:
Amazon launches a $79 Echo Dot Kids Edition with kid-friendly Alexa and one year of FreeTime Unlimited, a bundle of curated content with a Parent Dashboard  —  Rose Wong for BuzzFeed News; Allyson Laquian / BuzzFeed News  —  There's a new version of Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant, that's designed just for kids.
Kellen / Droid Life:
Source: Google Play Music will be replaced by YouTube's upcoming music streaming service, with Play Music users forced to use the new service by the end of 2018  —  When Google finally launches its rumored YouTube Remix platform this year, one of its other services will be put to rest.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Opera launches Touch, a mobile browser designed for one-handed use, and Flow to keep the mobile browser in sync with an updated desktop browser  —  Opera is releasing a new Android web browser today with a couple of clever interface choices meant to make it easier to use than other mobile browsers.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Attackers successfully rerouted DNS requests for myetherwallet.com, showing visitors an unsigned SSL cert and apparently taking $13K+ in Ethereum in two hours  —  At midnight ET last night, MyEtherWallet users started noticing something odd.  Connecting to the service …
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Google is changing its pistol emoji into a squirt gun in Android P, following Apple, Twitter, and Samsung  —  A few years ago, Apple was the first big emoji designer to stop rendering the “pistol” emoji as a real gun.  It went from a revolver to a green squirt gun, and other companies have just started coming around.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram begins rolling out a data download tool, similar to Facebook's Download Your Information feature, ahead of new GDPR privacy law rollout next month  —  Two weeks ago TechCrunch called on Instagram to build an equivalent to Facebook's “Download Your Information feature so if you wanted …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 11.3.1 with fix for bug that caused iPhones with third-party display replacements to be unresponsive  —  Apple has released a new software update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 11.3.1 is likely a bug fix update to the iOS 11.3 software update released last month.
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Federal appeals court upholds a 15-month prison sentence for e-waste recycler Eric Lundgren for making Windows restore disks  —  A California man who built a sizable business out of recycling electronic waste is headed to federal prison for 15 months after a federal appeals court in Miami rejected …
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Aliya Ram / Financial Times:
Sources: SoftBank to move $20B+ of investments in ride-hailing services like Uber, Ola, Grab, and Didi Chuxing into the Vision Fund within months  —  Japan's SoftBank is planning to swap more than $20bn of investments in some of the world's largest ride hailing groups including Uber, Ola …
Paul Sandle / Reuters:
Facebook's WhatsApp announces it will update privacy policy, raising its minimum age from 13 to 16 in Europe, and provide a data download tool ahead of GDPR  —  LONDON (Reuters) - WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Facebook Inc (FB.O), is raising its minimum age from 13 to 16 …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Some YouTube thumbnails depicted bestiality, now pulled; YouTube says monitoring tech missed because bestiality thumbnails may lack signals of typical porn  —  There is bestiality on YouTube, and it's surprisingly easy to find.  It's also surprisingly prevalent, but not in videos …

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