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April 29, 2019, 2:30 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.
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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Zoho:
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AWS Startups:
Shaping Your Startup Culture to Thrive  —  Our panel of experts at our AWS Loft in New York, including folks from Buzzfeed, Enigma, and Value Culture, discuss why culture is vital to any startup that wants to survive past its early days.
Google Fi:
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TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Patrick Brown, the chief executive of Impossible Foods, is coming to Disrupt  —  Impossible Foods is having quite the year.  In the past seven months, the company has signed a nationwide deal with Burger King …
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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