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April 8, 2019, 7:10 PM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Sonos and Ikea unveil a $179 Symfonisk table lamp and a $99 bookshelf speaker, both of which can be controlled with Sonos' app, shipping in August  —  The lamp speaker and a bookshelf speaker are coming in August  —  Sonos and Ikea have fully unveiled the pair of speakers that the two companies have collaborated on for years.
Joe Hindy / Android Authority:
Snap is officially rolling out a faster version of its Snapchat Android app, which it's been rebuilding since the beginning of 2018 for better performance  —  Snapchat announced a big move in late 2017.  It was going to fix all of the problems its Android version had in comparison to the iOS version.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft makes developer and “canary” builds of its Chromium-based Edge browser available today for Windows 10 64-bit, says builds for macOS “coming soon”  —  Microsoft today released the first Edge build based on Google's Chromium open source project, the same browser that Google's Chrome is based on.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Pinterest sets IPO price range at $15-$17 per share, to raise as much as $1.275B at up to a $11.3B valuation; Pinterest was valued at $12.3B in its last round  —  After dropping its IPO filing two weeks ago, today Pinterest, the social media platform where people can discover and share ideas …
James Vincent / The Verge:
EU publishes seven guidelines for developing ethical AI applications including being accountable, sustainable, explainable, privacy-respecting, and unbiased  —  The European Union has published new guidelines on developing ethical AI  —  The European Union today published a set of guidelines …
Brian Merchant / Gizmodo:
Once boastful of its plans to rely on 100% renewable energy for new datacenters, Amazon's quietly tamped down those ambitions  —  In 2014, Amazon announced that it would power its rapidly expanding fleet of data centers with 100 percent renewable energy.  Apple, Facebook, and Google …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
EU starts investigation into Microsoft products used across EU institutions, after a Dutch probe found some products' hidden telemetry violated GDPR  —  EU starts investigation of Microsoft's contracts with EU institutions after Dutch government report.  —  The European Data Protection Supervisor …
Jake Bright / TechCrunch:
Branch, which gives loans starting at $2 in emerging markets like India and Kenya, raises $170M, partners with Visa to offer virtual pre-paid debit cards  —  The San Francisco-based startup Branch International, which makes small personal loans in emerging markets, has raised $170 million and announced
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft changes the default removal policy for external storage like USB thumb drives in Windows 10 from “Better performance” to “Quick removal”  —  The default removal policy for external storage media was changed by Microsoft in Windows 10 version 1809 from …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Deep Lens, developer of the VIPER clinical research software suite that includes AI-backed image detection tools, raises $14M Series A led by Northpond Ventures  —  Deep Lens, a Columbus, Ohio-based startup developing a precision medicine software suite, today announced that it's raised $14 million …
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