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April 23, 2019, 3:55 PM

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Alan Levin / Bloomberg:
Alphabet's drone delivery business, Wing, becomes first drone operator to get FAA approval as an airline, plans to launch a delivery trial in Virginia this year  —  - Google offshoot becomes only drone firm approved as an airline  — Wing's new status clears way for others seeking drone commerce
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Leaked internal memo suggests Apple now requires most keyboard-related repairs to be carried out in store with a quoted next-day turnaround time  —  Apple has indicated that most MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboard repairs will be required to be completed at Apple Stores until further notice …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: billionaire SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son made a huge personal bet on bitcoin just as prices peaked and lost more than $130M when he sold out  —  Japanese billionaire made a huge personal investment in the digital currency as prices peaked  —  Masayoshi Son, the billionaire founder …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Facebook hires Jennifer Newstead, a legal advisor for the US State Department who helped craft the Patriot Act, as its general counsel, replacing Colin Stretch  —  'Jennifer is a seasoned leader whose global perspective and experience will help us fulfill our mission,' says Sheryl Sandberg
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Q1 beats with revenue of $787M, up 18% YoY and net income of $191M, reports MAUs of 330M, up 9M QoQ but down 6M YoY; stock up 15%+  —  Social networking and media platform Twitter today reported its results for the first quarter of the year, and it's a strong one.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
The EU has voted to interconnect border control, migration, and law enforcement systems into a searchable biometrics database of 350M+ EU and non-EU citizens  —  EU Parliament green-lights the creation of the Common Identity Repository (CIR), a gigantic biometrics database.
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook shares his thoughts on privacy, tech regulation, politics, and the “rigged” San Bernardino encryption case, citing an inspector general report  —  Today at the TIME 100 Summit, Apple CEO Tim Cook opened the event with an interview with Nancy Gibbs.
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Ben Munster / Decrypt:
Interviews with contractors who write crypto white papers reveal startups routinely force them to fabricate business models, inflate funding budgets, and more  —  We dive into this murky industry to find out who writes these things, what goes into the research and how much it really costs to get one written.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
A look at Tesla's first self-driving chip, manufactured by Samsung, which can be installed into existing Teslas, but the cost to do so is unknown  —  At its “Autonomy Day” today, Tesla detailed the new custom chip that will be running the self-driving software in its vehicles.
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