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April 29, 2019, 2:45 PM

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Spotify:
Spotify reports Q1 revenue of €1.5B, up 33% YoY, reduces net loss to €142M, says it has 217M MAUs, up 26% YoY, with 100M premium subscribers, up 32% YoY  —  Spotify Technology S.A. (NYSE:SPOT) today reported financial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2019 ending March 31, 2019.
Deanna Ting / Skift:
Marriott launches Homes & Villas, an Airbnb competitor, in more than 100 markets around the world, following an year-long pilot program with 200 homes in London  —  This news will trigger responses from elated to downright furious, whether you're a Bonvoy member, Marriott hotel owner …
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Facebook to give 60+ academics around the world access to its data from January 2017 to February 2019, which excludes run-up to the 2016 US election and Brexit  —  Facebook is opening up its data for the first time to more than 60 academics from around the world, who will be able to look …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple says $250 Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds will be available to preorder on May 3 and ship on May 10 in black with three other colors coming in the summer  —  Preorders start just a few days from now on May 3rd  —  There was a ton of reader interest in the new Powerbeats Pro …
Brian Crecente / Variety:
Microsoft says Minecraft creator Markus Persson won't be part of 10-year anniversary plans for the game because of his “comments and opinions”  —  “Minecraft” creator Marcus “Notch" Persson, who sold the title to Microsoft for $2.5 billion in 2014, won't be part of 10-year anniversary plans …
Laura Hautala / CNET:
Researchers find the addresses and demographic details of more than 80M US households listed on an unsecured database stored on a Microsoft cloud service  —  In a blow to the privacy of consumers, the addresses and demographic details of more than 80 million US households are listed …
New York Times:
How the boom in Chinese bike-share companies like Ofo and Mobike was quickly followed by a bust, wiping out many investors and littering towns with unused bikes  —  Bike-sharing start-ups brought prosperity to Wangqingtuo.  Now residents are dealing with the mess they left behind.
Roger Parloff / Yahoo Finance:
Profile of Chris Cox, who, despite being chief product officer for years, never drew the attention for Facebook's scandals that Zuckerberg and Sandberg did  —  In late 2003, during his senior year at Stanford, Chris Cox, the future Chief Product Officer at Facebook (
BBC:
Consent forms to access the phones of victims of crime, including those alleging rape, have been rolled out across England and Wales  —  Victims of crimes, including those alleging rape, are to be asked to hand their phones over to police - or risk prosecutions not going ahead.
Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft rebrands Bing Ads as Microsoft Advertising, says it will introduce more advertising products with built-in AI over the next year  —  The new name reflects a broader focus on ad inventory, data and targeting capabilities.  —  First there was Microsoft adCenter.  Then there was Bing Ads.
Jonathan Vanian / Fortune:
Microsoft and Dell announce a new partnership that lets Azure cloud computing customers use VMware's virtualization software to manage their IT operations  —  Dell Technologies, VMware, and Microsoft are making their data center, workplace software, and cloud computing technologies work better together.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Tray.io raises $37M Series B led by Spark Capital for its enterprise automation platform, says it has over 200 customers including Lyft, Intercom, IBM, and SAP  —  Tray.io, the startup that wants to put automated workflows within reach of line of business users, announced a $37 million Series B investment today.
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Superzoom lenses like those in Huawei P30 Pro and Oppo's Reno, with 5-to-10x zoom, are so useful that they will likely become ubiquitous in high-end phones  —  For all the fanfare ultra wide angle cameras receive on the internet, it's getting closer that has long presented the greatest frustration in smartphone photography.

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