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May 4, 2018, 3:45 PM

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Sankalp Phartiyal / Reuters:
Sources: Flipkart board approved in-principle to engaging Walmart on ~$15B bid with Alphabet investing too; Amazon bid unlikely to win due to competitive issues  —  MUMBAI/BENGALURU/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart's board is yet to finalize a deal to sell a controlling stake …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook has been conducting market research to determine whether an ad-free subscription-based version would spur more people to join the network  —  - Internal debate whether users will pay to avoid advertisments  — Data-privacy crisis forces company to seek to regain trust
David McCabe / Axios:
Starting July 10, Google will require people buying ads related to candidates in US federal elections to be US citizens or lawful permanent residents  —  People buying Google ads related to candidates in U.S. federal elections will have to prove they are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents beginning July 10, the company says.
Sherri L. Smith / Tom's Guide:
Lenovo Mirage Solo review: a great wireless, standalone VR experience with Daydream WorldSense tech and 110° FoV but less content and 2x as pricey as Oculus Go  —  For a while now, there have been limitations on what you could do in virtual reality.  You could walk around the room, but you were tethered to a PC.
Becky Quick / CNBC:
Ahead of annual shareholders meeting, Berkshire Hathaway reveals it bought 75M shares of Apple, adding to the 165.3M shares it already owned at the end of 2017  —  - In the first quarter, Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway bought an astounding 75 million shares of Apple.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
CEO Susan Wojcicki says YouTube now has 1.8B logged-in users each month, announces new content deals with Will Smith, Coachella, and more  —  Video site renews deals for ad-supported shows Demi Lovato, Kevin Hart, Slow Mo Guys  —  YouTube now has 1.8 billion logged-in users each month …
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Sources: Google plans to unveil new Google News design and app at I/O; new design has elements of the Newsstand app, YouTube, uses AMP tech on desktop, mobile  —  Google is revamping Google News with a new design that will incorporate elements of the Newsstand app and YouTube, according to people familiar with the plans.

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