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April 2, 2021, 10:45 PM

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Apple expands its Arcade subscription gaming service, which previously focused on exclusive titles, with a back catalog of classic App Store games  —  Apple has announced an expansion for its subscription gaming service Apple Arcade.  In addition to exclusive game releases …
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
Internal documents show that Google is working on two Pixel phones powered by its own “Whitechapel” SoC, which is being developed in partnership with Samsung  —  9to5Google can report today that Google's upcoming phones for this fall, including the presumed Pixel 6 …
Waypoint:
Waymo CEO John Krafcik says he is leaving the company; COO Dmitri Dolgov and CTO Tekedra Mawakana will become Waymo's co-CEOs  —  After five and a half exhilarating years leading this team, I've decided to depart from my CEO role with Waymo and kick-off new adventures.
Jeff John Roberts / Decrypt:
Coinbase says it expects its shares will start trading on April 14 and plans to release Q1 results on April 6  —  Cryptocurrency giant Coinbase announced on Thursday that its highly anticipated direct listing will happen on April 14.  The company also disclosed it will share its Q1 financial results eight days beforehand, on April 6.
New York Times:
Sources: Pinterest is currently in ongoing talks to acquire VSCO  —  The discussions between the digital pin board company and the app that inspired the “VSCO girls” trend are ongoing.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Pinterest has held talks to buy VSCO, a photography app that spawned a teenage social media craze …
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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
A federal judge has ruled that a class action lawsuit against Apple for selling MacBooks with defective display cables can proceed  —  A potential class-action lawsuit will go forward  —  When Apple introduced its controversial MacBook Pro redesign in 2016, the company probably …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Activision warns PC players of Call of Duty: Warzone that a popular “cheat” is actually malware and installing it allows hackers to take over a user's machine  —  Security researchers at the gaming company published a report that details a hacking campaign that used malware hidden inside a cheat for the popular online game.
Leah Nylen / Politico:
Sources: White House ethics officials object to DOJ antitrust candidates who have represented companies complaining about Big Tech, including Facebook  —  White House ethics officials are raising objections about DOJ antitrust candidates who have represented companies complaining about major tech companies, particularly Google.
Washington Post:
Federal docs detailing the Jan. 6 Capitol attack show FBI used controversial surveillance tech like license plate readers and facial recognition to ID rioters  —  Federal documents detailing the attacks at the U.S. Capitol show a mix of FBI techniques, from license plate readers to facial recognition, that helped identify rioters.
Financial Times:
Snap confirms it was testing probabilistic matching to track iOS users for a few months, but will discontinue the program after Apple rolls out tracking changes  —  Owner of Snapchat has explored how to track users with data from third party companies  —  Snap has explored how it can circumvent …

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