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April 26, 2018, 2:35 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Snap launches slimmer Spectacles 2.0 with water resistance and faster pic and video transfer times, available at Spectacles.com for $150, $20 more than before  —  They're slimmer, they take photos, and you can take them in the pool.  But will you?  —  Snap today released the next generation …
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Fred Lambert / Electrek:
Intel hires Jim Keller, Tesla's key chip designer and head of Autopilot, as an SVP to lead silicon engineering  —  Legendary chip architect Jim Keller has seen an increasingly important role at Tesla since he joined the company in 2015.  —  He most recently took over the responsibilities …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Nintendo reports operating profit of $1.62B, up 505% YoY, on strong Switch sales of 15M units in the year ending March, and names Shuntaro Furukawa as president  —  Nintendo sold just over 15 million Switch consoles in the last financial year, matching its own raised expectations after a hugely successful launch.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
IBM partners with a jewelry consortium to introduce TrustChain, a blockchain to prove the provenance of jewelry by following the supply chain from mine to store  —  Every time I talk to someone about the viability of blockchain, I get challenged to show a real project beyond the obvious bitcoin use case.
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Jack Nicas / New York Times:
How 205 Facebook and Instagram accounts were impersonating Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, many to scam vulnerable users through promises of lottery prizes  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A Facebook notification on Gary Bernhardt's phone woke him up one night last November with incredible news …
Julia Fioretti / Reuters:
EU lawmakers, member states strike preliminary deal to make streaming platforms finance production of local content in proportion to revenues in the country  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU lawmakers and member states on Thursday struck a preliminary deal that will allow countries …
CBC News:
Researchers say ten countries are using internet-filtering tech by a Canadian firm to censor news, religious content, LGBTQ+ resources, and political campaigns  —  A new Citizen Lab report says Netsweeper is being used to censor political critics, news, and LGBTQ+ resources
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Facebook and Microsoft confirm plans to update their gun emoji designs to be more in line with Apple, Samsung, and Google; Microsoft shares water gun design  —  - Apple changed the design of the gun emoji into a squirt gun back in 2016.  — At the time, it was a controversial choice, but tech companies have since followed suit.
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
A look at the future of Hulu, which, sources say, is nearing 20M subscribers, up 18% in 4 months aided by Handmaid's Tale and Live TV  —  As season 2 of the reigning Emmy champ debuts and the streaming service once nicknamed “Clown Co.” now nears 20 million subscribers …
Facebook:
Facebook reports Q1 advertising revenue of $11.8B, up 50% YoY, of which ~91% comes from mobile, up from 85% in Q1 2017; headcount up 48% YoY to 27,742  —  Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.  —  “Despite facing important challenges …
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