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April 16, 2019, 6:55 PM

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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:
Microsoft unveils Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, combining Xbox Live and Game Pass into a $14.99/mo subscription, available in all Game Pass markets later this year  —  Available to all Xbox owners later this year  —  Microsoft is unveiling a new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription today …
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.
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 …
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.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Mozilla executives reflect on how Google web products would often break in Firefox but not Chrome and on other issues perceived as anti-competitive tactics  —  Former and current Mozilla engineers are reaching their boiling points.  —  A former high-ranking Mozilla executive has accused Google …
Peter Rubin / Wired:
Sony says its next-gen PlayStation console will be backward-compatible, support 8K graphics with ray tracing, and have an SSD, but won't be released this year  —  MARK CERNY WOULD like to get one thing out of the way right now: The videogame console that Sony has spent the past four years building is no mere upgrade.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Apple iMac (2019) review: both models received a notable performance boost but a comprehensive design refresh is needed, especially for the 21.5-inch version  —  The design is still the same, but the performance jump is real  —  There isn't much I can tell you about the new iMacs that you likely don't already know.
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
Uber says it recently modified some of its JUMP electric bikes after finding a braking problem like the one that prompted Lyft to recall its electric bikes  —  Uber acknowledged Monday that it had modified some of its electric bikes recently after the company encountered a braking problem similar …

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