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April 18, 2019, 7:15 AM

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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.
The Verge:
Samsung responds to reports of display issues in Galaxy Fold, says removing the top protective layer or adding adhesives to the main display may cause damage  —  Also: be careful with that screen cover  —  Samsung has released an official statement addressing reports of display issues with the upcoming Galaxy Fold.
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Facebook says it unintentionally collected email contacts of 1.5M users who used email password verification, will notify affected users and delete contacts  —  - Exclusive: Facebook said that it has “unintentionally uploaded” the email contacts of 1.5 million new Facebook users since May 2016.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Security researcher takes over a subdomain that Windows 8 and Windows 10 use to deliver RSS-based news and updates to Live Tiles  —  Subdomain currently in the possession of a German security researcher, preventing any abuse.  —  Microsoft has lost control over a crucial subdomain …
Jeremy Kaplan / Digital Trends:
A look at Microsoft's hardware design labs and how the company designed the Surface Hub 2S  —  Building 33 on Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Washington, houses a conference room unlike any you've ever seen.  It includes an enormous glowing sphere, a buckyball for a boardroom.
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Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
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.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Pinterest prices its IPO at $19 per share, above the top end of the expected range, valuing the company at $10B  —  Pinterest raised $1.43 billion in its IPO after pricing the offering at $19 a share on Wednesday, valuing the company at $10 billion.  —  Pinterest, which is expected …
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 …
BuzzFeed News:
Investigation finds six Android apps from DU Group, a major Chinese developer, that have been committing large-scale ad fraud and abusing user permissions  —  A host of popular Android apps from a major Chinese developer, including a selfie app with more than 50 million downloads …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Cisco's Talos: state-backed hackers are continuing to brazenly hijack domains, targeting key infrastructure of several countries, in a months-long DNS campaign  —  Despite widespread attention since January, DNS campaign shows no signs of abating.  —  The wave of domain hijacking attacks besetting …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Hacker shares source code of tools from Iranian cyber-espionage unit APT34, alleged personal info of Iranian intelligence officers, and more on Telegram  —  APT34 hacking tools and victim data leaked on a secretive Telegram channel since last month.  —  In an incident reminiscent …
CNBC:
Zoom prices its IPO at $36 per share, above the expected range, valuing the business at $9.2B  —  Videoconferencing company Zoom priced its IPO at $36 a share, above of its already increased range and valuing the business at $9.2 billion.  —  Zoom, which is slated to start trading on Thursday …
Reuters:
Sources: Amazon plans to close its marketplace in China by mid-July, after struggling to get a foothold in a competitive market; AWS and Kindle sales to remain  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc plans to close its domestic marketplace business in China by mid-July, people familiar …
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.

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