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April 9, 2019, 7:05 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 services on GCP in the coming months  —  At Google Cloud Next 2019 today, Google signed strategic partnerships with seven “leading open source-centric companies” …
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Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook says it will use AI to stop notifying users to reach out to deceased friends, rolls out a “tribute” section dedicated to posts made posthumously  —  Algorithmic features have sent suggestions to wish happy birthday to those who've died  —  Facebook has promised …
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Pirates are using Facebook's Watch Party group video-streaming feature to host movie marathons and TV watch parties, sometimes for thousands of viewers  —  - Facebook's new group-video-watching feature, Watch Party, is proving wildly popular with pirates.  It's designed to let Facebook users watch …
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.
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.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
YouTube says it will begin developing choose-your-own-adventure-style shows under a new unit, following the success of Netflix's “Bandersnatch” and others  —  - Video site is steering program dollars into new technology  — Company to announce new slate of shows next month in New York
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Qualcomm unveils Cloud AI 100, a chip slated to ship next year for AI inference at the edge, estimating peak performance to be over 3X that of Snapdragon 855  —  Qualcomm kicked off its annual AI Day conference in San Francisco with a bang.  It took the wraps off of three new system …
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Walmart expands its rollout of store tech in US, including more vending machine-like Pickup Towers for online orders and robots that scrub floors and scan items  —  Walmart is doubling down on its technology innovations in its brick-and-mortar stores in an effort to better compete with Amazon.
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.
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.
Dominic Casciani / BBC:
UK student arrested over 4 years ago is sentenced to 6+ years for a blackmail scheme that involved buying ads on porn sites that installed ransomware if clicked  —  A student who made hundreds of thousands of pounds blackmailing pornography website users with cyber attacks has been jailed.
K.G Orphanides / WIRED UK:
Investigation finds games approved for kids on the Play Store with shooting and gore; Google removed 16 games after press inquiry  —  Scores of games in Google's Play Store that are rated safe for kids are packed with guns, gore and panda mutilation - but little is being done to stem the flow of inappropriate and dangerous content

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