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April 17, 2019, 12:10 AM

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CNBC:
Qualcomm and Apple settle all worldwide litigation between the two companies, as Apple makes a payment to Qualcomm; Qualcomm's stock closes up 23%  —  - Apple and Qualcomm have settled a royalty and patent dispute that went to trial this week in San Diego, California.
Intel Newsroom:
Intel says it is exiting the 5G smartphone modem business as “it has become apparent that there is no clear path to profitability and positive returns”  —  Intel Corporation today announced its intention to exit the 5G smartphone modem business and complete an assessment …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: DOJ staffers have told T-Mobile and Sprint that their planned merger is unlikely to be approved as currently structured  —  DOJ staff told wireless rivals deal is unlikely to be approved as structured, according to people familiar with the matter  —  Justice Department staffers …
NBC News:
About 4,000 pages of leaked Facebook documents from 2011-2015 shed light on its approach to sharing and selling data, giving more access to friendly companies  —  Facebook's leaders seriously discussed selling access to user data — and privacy was an afterthought.
Ian Sherr / CNET:
Microsoft announces Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, a disc-free Xbox One S launching May 7 for $249 with a 1TB HDD and three games; preorders open now  —  Microsoft is preparing to sell a new Xbox unlike any it's offered before.  The gadget is missing a disc drive.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
BuzzFeed News:
Overview of high-profile male executives in tech who were accused of sexual misconduct and are now getting second chances  —  Silicon Valley says it's committed to improving diversity, but high-profile male executives accused of sexual misconduct are getting second chances.  Some advocates are wondering why.
Wired:
Interviews with 65 current and former employees on the meltdown inside Facebook over the last 15 months as the Cambridge Analytica scandal unfolded  —  Scandals.  Backstabbing.  Resignations.  Record profits.  Time Bombs.  In early 2018, Mark Zuckerberg set out to fix Facebook.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q1 revenue surpassed $4.52B, up 22% YoY, vs $4.50B est.; net subscriptions grew 9.6M, up 16% YoY, with 1.74M in the US and 7.86M internationally  —  - The company reported $4.52 billion, vs. $4.50 billion expected, per Refinitiv consensus estimate.
Twitter:
Twitter to test option to hide a tweet's replies in June, suspends 3x more abusive accounts reported within 24 hours than last year, relies less on user reports  —  We want people to feel safe on Twitter.  Last year, we shared that building a Twitter free of abuse, spam and other things …
Sahil Chinoy / New York Times:
Using 9 hours' worth of footage of a park in NYC from public cameras and Amazon Rekognition, NYT detected 2,750 faces, matching many to real identities, for $60  —  Most people pass through some type of public space in their daily routine — sidewalks, roads, train stations.
Guilherme Rambo / 9to5Mac:
Sources: Apple is planning a desktop extension feature for macOS 10.15 that allows users to send any window of any app to an external display, including an iPad  —  It's undeniable that one of the best characteristics of every Apple product is its display.  Apple ships computers …
Giancarlo Valdes / VentureBeat:
Kickstarter says game projects on the site have brought $1B+ in donations to creators since 2009, with $236M going to video games and $21M to gaming hardware  —  Games represent one of the biggest categories on Kickstarter, and it looks like it'll stay that way.
Brady Dale / CoinDesk:
Report: blockchain startup incubator ConsenSys' pitch deck forecasts $100M burn rate for 2019, says it had $21M in revenue in 2018, projecting $52.3M in 2019  —  ConsenSys believes it can become a valuable company, provided it can get through the next year.

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TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Clearbanc co-founder and president Michele Romanow is coming to Disrupt SF  —  Raising venture capital isn't easy; for some, it's impossible.  Clearbanc offers startups a fundraising alternative …
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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