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April 30, 2018, 2:10 PM

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Joe Maring / Android Central:
Samsung announces 128GB/256GB models for Galaxy S9/S9+ to be available from Samsung.com in US, preorders starting May 1, after the flagships launched with 64GB  —  Both variants will be sold exclusively through Samsung.com.  —  The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are great smartphones …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Report: analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the most prolific sources of Apple scoops, resigns from KGI Securities, will focus more on non-Apple firms moving forward  —  Ming-Chi Kuo, widely considered to be one of the best analysts covering Apple, might no longer focus his research on the iPhone maker.
Sarah Jeong / The Verge:
Facebook reduces the labor of networking by helping users create better substitutes for many in-person communication networks, which makes it very hard to quit  —  Facebook is an emotional labor machine, and if you want to leave it, you're going to have to start doing a lot of work
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Oculus is developing a new kind of VR theater experience where live actors in motion capture suits can perform around users, tentatively slated for next year  —  Oculus is inventing a new kind of VR experience, coming next year, that brings a virtual play with live actors into your home.
Thanks:@joan_e
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Owner of the France.com domain since 1994 sues French government for seizing the domain following a court ruling that the site violated French trademark law  —  Jean-Noël Frydman: “If it happened to me, it can happen to anyone.”  —  A French-born American has now sued his home country because …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google and NBC to make 10+ multi-episode VR productions to run alongside NBC's core programming; users can watch on YouTube or in VR on Cardboard, Daydream View  —  Virtual reality has yet to hit the big time with the vast majority of consumers — headset sales are still in the single-digit millions …
More: Engadget and Variety
David McCabe / Axios:
In a pitch seemingly aligned with Trump admin's rhetoric and aimed at regulators, T-Mobile and Sprint argue merger will help US beat China in 5G and create jobs  —  The CEOs of T-Mobile and Sprint argued on an analyst call that their just-announced merger would create jobs and boost America's position …
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