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April 17, 2019, 2:45 PM

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Nikkei:
Sources: Apple was concerned about Intel as a sole supplier for its 5G iPhone planned for next year, prompting the settlement with Qualcomm  —  Intel pulls out of 5G smartphone chips as iPhone maker commits to rival  —  The Apple logo is seen outside an Apple store in Bordeaux, France.
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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Several journalists have reported their Samsung Galaxy Fold review unit's screen breaking after a day or two of use  —  Yikes  —  Look closely at the picture above, and you can see a small bulge right on the crease of my Galaxy Fold review unit.  It's just enough to slightly distort the screen, and I can feel it under my finger.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Microsoft unveils the Surface Hub 2S, an update to the original Hub that's 60% slimmer and 40% lighter with a 50" 3840x2560 display, shipping in June for $9,000  —  We've known Microsoft had something new and Surfacey up its sleeve for this week.  Turns out the company's finally ready to unveil the long-promised Surface 2S.
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
Interviews with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and employees shed light on her stewardship and what has been a difficult year so far, with a myriad of scandals  —  Even by the nightmarish standards of the empire she oversees, Susan Wojcicki, the chief executive officer of YouTube, has had a dreadful start to 2019.
Guilherme Rambo / 9to5Mac:
Sources: Apple is working on a combined Find My Friends and Find My iPhone app, for iOS and macOS, and a Tile-like tracking device  —  Apple is working on a new app that's going to replace the Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps.  With codename “GreenTorch”, the app is currently being tested by engineers at the company.
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Sources: Apple is developing its own lidar sensor and has also held talks with four possible lidar suppliers to evaluate their tech for use in self-driving cars  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has held talks with at least four companies as possible suppliers for next-generation lidar sensors …
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
A report by AI Now Institute finds that about 80% of AI professors are men, while just 15% of AI research staff at Facebook and 10% at Google are women  —  A new report explores AI's ‘diversity crisis’  —  The artificial intelligence industry is facing a “diversity crisis,” …
Emily Dreyfuss / Wired:
At TED 2019 interview, Jack Dorsey evaded pointed questions about the state of Twitter by providing vague answers, frustrating the interviewers and the audience  —  ON TUESDAY, JACK Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, came to TED 2019 to answer for the sins of his platform.
Leo Kelion / BBC:
UK government announces that porn websites will have to introduce age-checks by July 15; sites failing to comply will face being blocked by ISPs  —  An age-check scheme designed to stop under-18s viewing pornographic websites will come into force on 15 July.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Indian IT outsourcing giant Wipro is investigating reports that its own IT systems have been hacked and are being used to launch attacks on its customers  —  Indian information technology (IT) outsourcing and consulting giant Wipro Ltd. [NYSE:WIT] is investigating reports that its own …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Sources: a team at Facebook Reality Labs has been working on a voice assistant since 2018 and has contacted vendors in the smart speaker supply chain  —  - Facebook is working on a voice assistant to rival the likes of Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and the Google Assistant, people familiar with the matter told CNBC.
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google announces support for Signed Exchanges in Chrome, which will show the original, correct URL for a page in the address bar for AMP pages  —  It's only supported on Chrome right now  —  When you click a link on your phone with a little lightning bolt next to it in Google search, you're getting something in the AMP format.
David Shepardson / Reuters:
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says he opposes China Mobile's plan to enter the US market and will hold a vote on whether to deny its application in May  —  (Reuters) - Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said on Wednesday he opposes China Mobile Ltd's bid to provide U.S. telecommunications services …
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