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April 9, 2019, 2:53 PM

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Anthos, Google's Cloud Services Platform for managing hybrid clouds that span on-premise data centers and Google Cloud, comes out of beta, runs on AWS and Azure  —  Google's Cloud Services Platform for managing hybrid clouds that span on-premise data centers and the Google cloud, is coming out of beta today.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google Cloud partners with seven open-source projects, including Elastic, Redis Labs, and MongoDB, to offer fully managed serves on GCP in the coming months  —  At Google Cloud Next 2019 today, Google signed strategic partnerships with seven “leading open source-centric companies”: Confluent …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Zheping Huang / South China Morning Post:
China's economic planning body has proposed new rules that would ban all local cryptocurrency mining farms; the rules are under public consultation until May 7  —  Bitcoin, the world's most traded cryptocurrency, is now at around US$5,200, its highest level in four months China's plan …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Jake Evans / ABC:
Alphabet's Project Wing gets approval in Canberra, Australia to launch a commercial drone delivery service, will initially deliver from a dozen local businesses  —  Google has launched a world-first commercial air delivery business in Canberra's north, delivering gelato and golfing equipment by drone directly to homes.
James Ball / MIT Technology Review:
Some fear the sweeping nature of UK's proposal to combine work done by 8+ regulators into a new “super-regulator” with the power to block online platforms  —  Technology giants will be forced to have a “duty of care” for their users, if a proposal announced by the government on Monday becomes law.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Kuo: 31.6-inch Apple display with mini-LED backlight will launch in Q2 or Q3 2019; new iPad and MacBook with mini-LED displays will launch by 2020 or early 2021  —  TF Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo has released a report which lays out Apple's product interest in mini-LED technology.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Slack now has deeper integration with Office apps and files including full previews of Office files like PowerPoint slides and new Outlook and OneDrive apps  —  Available to Slack users today  —  Slack is integrating Microsoft's Office 365 services today.
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Instagram class accounts are used by incoming freshmen to make friends and find roommates, similarly to how teens once used Facebook  —  By the time many college freshmen arrive on campus this fall, they'll have already met their roommate, their core friends, and many of their classmates on Instagram.
Manish Singh / VentureBeat:
Opera for desktop now includes a cryptocurrency wallet, after its Android app got one in December; wallet keys and transactions are synced between PC and mobile  —  Opera has updated its eponymous web browser for the desktop with a crypto-makeover and a number of additional features.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Qualcomm unveils new midrange chips, Snapdragon 665, 730, and 730G, with boosted AI and gaming capabilities, arriving later this year  —  It's that time of year again.  Today at its annual AI Day conference in San Francisco, chipmaker Qualcomm revamped the midrange products in its system …
EU Press Room:
Facebook agrees to update its T&Cs in EU and clarify its use of user data to develop profiles and target advertising  —  Today, the European Commission and consumer protection authorities have welcomed Facebook's updated terms and services.  They now clearly explain how the company uses …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Klook, an online activity booking platform for travelers, raises $225M “Series D plus” led by SoftBank's Vision Fund  —  We recently noted that SoftBank's Vision Fund has stepped up its deal-making in Asia this year, and today it added a new company to its roster: travel services platform Klook.
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Mark Warner and Deb Fischer to ban online companies with 100M+ MAUs from designing addictive products for kids under 13  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senators Mark Warner, a Democrat, and Deb Fischer, a Republican, are introducing a bill on Tuesday …
Karl Bode / The Verge:
White House promises to veto the Save the Internet Act, a bill to restore net neutrality and undo FCC's 2017 repeal decision, justifying it with fuzzy math  —  Broadband really is getting faster, but it has nothing to do with the end of net neutrality  —  In a statement on Monday …

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