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April 27, 2021, 10:50 PM

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Casey Newton / Platformer:
Interviews with Basecamp staff on how a “funny” customer names list sparked an internal reckoning and spurred Basecamp's societal and political discussion ban  —  How a list of “funny” customer names triggered an internal reckoning  —  I.  —  The controversy that embroiled …
Microsoft - Investor Relations:
Microsoft reports FY 2021 Q3 revenue of $41.7B, up 19% YoY, net income of $15.5B, up 44% YoY, Surface revenue up 12%, More Personal Computing revenue up 19%  —  Microsoft Cloud Fuels Third Quarter Results REDMOND, Wash. — April 27, 2021 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft says Teams is now at 145M DAUs, up from 75M DAUs YoY, and announces new Teams integrations with Dynamics 365, which saw quarterly revenue grow 45% YoY  —  A year ago, Microsoft officials said Teams had 75 million daily active users.  In April 2021, that number is now 145 million, according to Micrsoft.
Alphabet:
Alphabet reports Q1 revenue of $55.3B, up 34% YoY, net income of $17.9B, up from $6.8B YoY, and Google Search revenue of $31.9B, up from $24.5B YoY  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - April 27, 2021 - Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.
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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple files written testimonies of its expert witnesses ahead of upcoming Epic trial, laying the foundation for claims on marketshare, App Store security, more  —  On Monday, May 3 Apple and Epic will meet in court as their bench trial kicks off over the dispute that Epic started last summer …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches paid podcast subscriptions for creators in the US, at no cost to creators for two years and a 5% fee starting in spring 2023  —  Spotify today is officially rolling out paid podcast subscriptions, after first unveiling its new subscription platform at the company's “Stream On” event in February.
Tiernan Ray / ZDNet:
AMD Q1: revenue of $3.4B, up 93% YoY, net income of $555M, up 243% YoY, with EPYC sales driving Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom revenue up 286% to $1.35B  —  AMD said its revenue from chips shipping into the data center more than doubled, quarter over quarter.
Sarah McBride / Bloomberg:
Iterable, which offers SMS, email, and app notification growth marketing services and is valued at ~$2B, ousts CEO for taking LSD before a board meeting in 2019  —  Marketing startup Iterable Inc. dismissed its chief executive officer over violations of company policy, Iterable said in a note to employees on Monday.
Nikkei Asia:
Sources: Apple's follow-up to its M1 chip has already gone into mass production, will be ready to ship in products slated for H2  —  TSMC-made chipsets to replace Intel offerings in laptops set to launch in 2H  —  TAIPEI — The next generation of Mac processors designed by Apple entered mass production …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Mark Zuckerberg teases upcoming Instagram features to help creators make money, including a marketplace to match brands with creators, and more  —  - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a slew of features Instagram is working on to help creators generate more money from their content.
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
With iPhone's privacy changes, advertisers will get more ad-performance data for ads bought through Apple than via third parties, giving its ad business an edge  —  Under the iPhone maker's new rules, advertisers will get more ad-performance data for ads bought through Apple than through third parties
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Stripe acquires TaxJar for its cloud-based, automated sales tax tools; financial details not disclosed, but PitchBook data says TaxJar had been valued at $179M  —  Stripe, the privately-held payments company now valued at $95 billion, has made an acquisition to expand the range of tools …
Alfred Ng / The Markup:
Researchers say preinstalled Android apps can access a log where sensitive contact tracing app information is stored; Google says a fix is being rolled out  —  Researchers say hundreds of preinstalled apps can access a log found on Android devices where sensitive contact tracing information is stored
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Amazon debuts a new Fire HD 10 tablet, now thinner with a brighter screen for $150, a more powerful $180 Fire HD 10 Plus, a Fire Kids Pro tablet line, and more  —  There's also a new Fire Kids Pro lineup  —  Amazon is overhauling its tablet lineup today with new Fire HD 10 models alongside refreshed options for kids.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Arm says its new Neoverse V1 and N2 server chip platforms for HPC, datacenters, and edge, have at least 40% better processing over the previous generation  —  Arm unveiled the performance numbers for its Arm Neoverse V1 and N2 server chip platforms, with processing boosts ranging from 40% to 50% over the previous generation.
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
Twitch has grown in popularity among QAnon adherents and far-right influencers, making it easy for streamers to make money while spreading conspiracy theories  —  QAnon adherents and other far-right influencers are making thousands of dollars broadcasting election and vaccine conspiracy theories on the streaming site.
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
Sources: EU will charge Apple with anticompetitive behavior later this week, over concerns that the rules it sets for developers on its App Store break EU law  —  Case began two years ago and is among a number against the US tech group  —  Margrethe Vestager, the EU's competition chief …

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