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April 25, 2018, 2:30 PM

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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Google rolls out revamp of Gmail with refreshed UI, confidential mode, snoozing, nudging for time-sensitive emails, 2FA per message, high priority notifications  —  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.
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  —  There's a new version of Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant, that's designed just for kids.  The Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snap announces Snappables, AR single and multiplayer mini games that sit alongside Lenses, launching globally this week with new games released weekly  —  Snapchat wants to let you play its augmented reality Lenses, not just play dress-up.  Today it launched Snappables — AR games that use your touch …
Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Sources: Microsoft is working on a new edition of Windows 10, codenamed Lean, that is 2GB smaller than the normal edition, aimed at devices with 16GB storage  —  Windows 10 Lean is Windows 10 on a diet.  Featuring a much smaller footprint, Windows 10 Lean is designed for devices with 16GB …
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.  —  Revenue increases 21 percent, the biggest jump in two years  —  Monthly active users rise by 3 percent to 336 million
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers find flaw in Vingcard's Vision locks, used in 140K hotels in 160 counties, that lets them make a master key using an old key card and a $300 reader  —  IN 2003, FINNISH security researcher Tomi Tuominen was attending a security conference in Berlin when a friend's laptop …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: US DOJ is investigating whether Huawei violated US sanctions related to Iran, amid broader concerns about the company from the US government  —  Probe raises the stakes for Huawei, which faces a series of moves by Washington to diminish its already-limited business dealings in the U.S.
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.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Tim Cook to meet Trump at the White House Wednesday, in a meeting closed to the press, amid US-China trade tensions that could affect Apple's business in Asia  —  Cook attended Tuesday's state dinner for France's Macron  —  Apple CEO has urged China and U.S. to settle trade differences
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.
Jamie Grierson / The Guardian:
Webstresser, a platform that offered to stress cyber defences and has been linked to 4M+ cyberattacks, taken down after international investigation  —  Webstresser.org, which had 136,000 users, could be rented for £10 to launch DDoS attacks  —  A website linked to more than 4m cyber …
Jonathan Randles / Wall Street Journal:
Filing: Peter Thiel agrees to withdraw bid for Gawker website and archives, will give eventual buyer legal release for archived articles  —  Billionaire venture capitalist will sit out sale of dormant blog to avoid potential legal claims against him  —  Billionaire investor Peter Thiel …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Podcasting startup Castbox raises $13.5M Series B led by SIG China and says it has doubled its user base to 15M since October 2017  —  Podcasting startup Castbox has announced a fresh $13.5 million round of funding via a series B financing led by SIG China, with participation from IDG Capital, Qiming Venture Partners, and GSR Ventures.

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