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April 28, 2018, 2:40 PM

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Shara Tibken / CNET:
Source: Apple is working on an AR/VR headset, slated for 2020, with two 8K displays that wirelessly connect to a dedicated box powered by Apple's own 5nm CPU  —  The headset, which would straddle the two technologies and tap into Apple's own chips, is slated for 2020.
Bloomberg:
Sources: T-Mobile, Sprint deal would value Sprint at $24B-$26B; T-Mobile majority owner Deutsche Telekom to get 42% stake, 69% voting interest in combined firm  —  T-Mobile US Inc. and its German owners are advancing toward a deal that would value Sprint Corp. at about $24 billion, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Eric Lundgren is going to prison for counterfeiting labels, not software; judges may not know the difference, but Microsoft does and still helped prosecute him  —  In a sickening concession to bad copyright law and Microsoft's bottom line over basic technical truths and common sense …
Jessica Nordell / The Atlantic:
How Slack has made its US workforce more diverse than other Silicon Valley companies by forgoing a diversity chief and focusing on hiring efforts from the start  —  Last week, Slack, the company whose popular, plaid-themed messaging app has simplified office communications and introduced custom fox emoji …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Suspected Golden State Killer caught after investigators matched DNA from the crime scenes to genetic data available on free genealogy site GEDmatch  —  “No court order was needed to access that site's large database of genetic blueprints.”  —  To get a leg up in the investigation in the cold case of the …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
How real people are using services like Fuelgram to turn their Instagram accounts into bots in order to game the site's algorithm by trading likes and comments  —  Verified accounts turning themselves into bots, millions of fake likes and comments, a dirty world of engagement trading inside Telegram groups.

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