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April 19, 2019, 8:35 AM

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Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook updates a March blog post to say it stored passwords of millions of Instagram users in plain text, not tens of thousands as first announced  —  This number is much, much bigger than Facebook originally shared.  —  On the same morning Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report …
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Bla1ze / CrackBerry.com:
Emtek announces it will shut down BBM for consumers on May 31, but BlackBerry's enterprise-grade service, BBM Enterprise, will become available to individuals  —  Consumer BBM users encouraged to switch to BBM Enterprise  —  Back in 2016, BlackBerry announced a new partnership …
Tom Huddleston Jr / CNBC:
Zoom founder and CEO Eric Yuan, an immigrant from China who was denied a US visa eight times, is now a billionaire after his company debuted on Nasdaq  —  When Eric Yuan was in his early 20s, he heard a speech from then-Microsoft CEO Bill Gates about the promise of the internet …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Zoom closes up 72% on its first day of public trading, valuing the company at $15.9B after it raised $356.8M in its IPO  —  Videoconferencing software company Zoom made its debut Thursday on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “ZM,” surging 80% to $65 and closing out the day up 72% at $62.
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Amazon Music launches an ad-supported tier for Alexa-enabled devices in the US, allowing users to listen to Amazon Music's top playlists and stations for free  —  Amazon Music today basically soft-launched its free streaming tier, in which U.S. customers of its Alexa voice assistant …
YouTube Blog:
Google Home and Assistant-powered speakers get a free ad-supported version of YouTube Music with limited functionality, in 16 countries including the US and UK  —  Listening to music on your Google Home speaker right out-of-the-box seems too good to be true, right?  It's not!
Apple:
Apple opens Material Recovery Lab in Austin to study future recycling processes, expands iPhone recycling program to Best Buy stores in US, KPN in Netherlands  —  Cupertino, California — Apple today announced a major expansion of its recycling programs, quadrupling the number of locations US customers …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Microsoft acquires Express Logic, which claims its real-time operating system for IoT and edge devices called ThreadX RTOS has over 6.2B deployments worldwide  —  Microsoft today announced that it's acquired Express Logic, a 23-year-old San Diego, California-based developer of real-time operating systems …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Mozilla's open source IoT platform for monitoring and controlling connected devices graduates from its experimental phase, launching as Mozilla WebThings  —  For the better part of two years, the folks at Mozilla have been chipping diligently away at Project Things, an open implementation …
Yogita Khatri / CoinDesk:
Binance says it has launched its Binance Chain blockchain and will activate its BNB cryptocurrency on it on April 23; BNB runs on Ethereum now  —  Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has released new details about the forthcoming launch of its new custom blockchain, Binance Chain …
Paulina Duran / Reuters:
Life360, an SF-based startup that makes a family tracking app, announces IPO in Australia, plans to raise A$145M, valuing the company at ~A$689M  —  SYDNEY (Reuters) - U.S. family tracking app operator Life360 has launched a A$145 million ($104 million) initial public offering in Australia …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Kuo: 2019 iPhones will feature a 12MP front camera; the 6.5" and 5.8" OLED iPhones will have a rear-facing triple-camera system with a new super-wide 12MP lens  —  Kuo today said that Apple plans to upgrade the front camera in the 2019 iPhones from 7-megapixels to 12-megapixels.

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