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May 1, 2018, 11:55 PM

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Nick Statt / The Verge:
Facebook announces dating feature for its app that will recommend matches and let users create a separate dating profile, with testing to begin later this year  —  The world's largest social network is adding dating app features  —  Facebook is adding a dating layer to its main mobile app …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook says it's building a Clear History feature to let users stop Facebook-collected browsing history and app usage from being associated with their account  —  It's arguably the company's biggest update since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke.  —  Facebook users will soon be able …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook announces updates to Messenger: chat translations, slowly rolling out starting with English/Spanish; AR features in closed beta; and a simplified UI  —  Facebook could use more evidence that it brings the world together rather than tearing it apart.
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Apple:
Apple Q2: revenue of $61.1B, up 16% YoY, as iPhone sales rise 3% YoY to 52.3M, iPad sales rise 2% YoY to 9.1M, Mac sales fall 3% YoY to 4.08M; stock up 3%+  —  Revenue Grows 16 Percent and EPS Grows 30 Percent to New March Quarter Records  —  New $100 Billion Share Repurchase Authorization Announced, Dividend Raised by 16 Percent
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple reports Q2 services revenue of $9.2B, up 31% YoY, and says that the App Store, Apple Music, iCloud storage, and Apple Pay all generated record sales  —  Revenue grows the most since 2015; sales of wearables jump  —  IPhone sales meet projections; Apple sees more revenue gains
Thuy Ong / The Verge:
Mark Zuckerberg announces new Instagram features, including a redesigned Explore page and video chat  —  The Explore tab will also feature more topics  —  Instagram is rolling out a host of new features today, including video chat and a redesigned Explore page.
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Instagram says it will expand anti-bullying tools, including hiding comments that attack appearances  —  Instagram said Tuesday it was expanding its online anti-bullying initiative, adding a new filter to weed out comments meant to harass or bully the 800 million users of the popular social media site.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Review of Oculus Go, which launches today: works without a phone or computer, solid hardware, $199 price is reasonable, but ecosystem is lacking and looks bulky  —  Oculus' first portable all-in-one VR headset is good, but not great  —  For the past few years, consumer virtual reality headsets …
Rhett Jones / Gizmodo:
Signal says Amazon has warned the company to stop using the anti-censorship domain-fronting technique if it wants to continue using AWS  —  Telegram has been putting up an impressive fight against the governments of Russia and Iran in high-profile efforts to censor the messaging service over the last few weeks.
Snap Inc.:
Snap reports Q1 net loss of $386M, as average revenue per user rose 34% YoY to $1.21 but was down 21% QoQ  —  VENICE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
Steve Ballmer says he sold his stake in Twitter because he no longer wants to be an investor; Ballmer bought a 4% stake in October 2015  —  Former Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said he sold his entire stake in Twitter Inc. because he no longer wants to focus on being an investor and the price was attractive.
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