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April 17, 2019, 4:50 PM

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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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,” …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Uber is nearing a deal with SoftBank, Toyota, and Denso to invest $1B in its self-driving unit, valuing it at $7.25B, as Uber prepares for its IPO  —  Ahead of its long-planned IPO, the ride-sharing company is nearing a deal with a group including SoftBank that would invest …
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James Vincent / The Verge:
Microsoft says it denied a California law enforcement request to use its facial recognition tech over bias concerns, but it has sold the tech to a US prison  —  The company has sold the technology to at least one US prison though  —  Microsoft has said it turned down a request from law enforcement …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
AirPods' rapid ubiquity and wireless design, letting users keep them in constantly, has become a source of annoyance for service industry workers and others  —  AirPods have taken off as the latest must-have technology gadget.  They've shown up in celebrities' ears, become a status symbol, and inspired meetups.
Emily Dreyfuss / Wired:
During his TED 2019 interview, Jack Dorsey evaded 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.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Profile of Playrix, founded by two Russian brothers, which creates smartphone games, played by 30M+ daily users, and has $1.2B in annual sales  —  Almost two decades ago, in a remote Russian city best known for its butter and linen, two brothers shared a bedroom and a Pentium 100-powered computer they used to code their first game.
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