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April 28, 2022, 4:51 PM

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Snap announces Pixy, a $230 mini drone that can capture 2.7K videos and 12MP photos, syncs with Snapchat, and weighs 101g, available in the US and France  —  Meet Pixy, Snap's little flying companion.  Pixy is a mini drone that can act as a camera sidekick when you can't ask someone to take a video of you.
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
Snap Pixy review: a cute drone with four flying modes, but the footage quality is not the best, the battery lasts only a few flights, and it can't handle wind  —  With this new kind of flying camera, Snapchat's creators take the stress out of piloting remote-controlled aircraft for aerial photography.
Financial Times:
In an email, Twitter reassures advertisers it will remain a safe place for brands after Elon Musk's takeover, as advocacy groups predict more toxicity and abuse  —  Campaigners and car manufacturers among groups to express concern over Tesla chief's $44bn takeover
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitter says it overstated mDAUs from Q1 2019 to Q4 2021 by up to 1.9M per quarter, counting one user's multiple accounts as active, even if they weren't in use  —  How did this happen twice?  —  Twitter overstated the number of daily users on its service for three years straight, overcounting by up to 1.9 million users each quarter.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Twitter reports Q1 revenue of $1.2B, up 16% YoY, vs. $1.23B est., net income of $513M, and 229M mDAUs; Twitter says it won't offer guidance pending Musk's deal  —  - Twitter reported earnings for the first quarter of 2022.  — It could be one of its last as a public company after its board agreed …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Google now accepts requests to remove Search results that include users' contact info, like physical addresses, phone numbers, and emails, and login credentials  —  If you put in a request and it agrees they're harmful  —  Google says it's expanding the types of personal information …
João Carrasqueira / XDA Developers:
A Microsoft support page shows the company is testing the Microsoft Edge Secure Network feature, a built-in VPN-like service for Edge, powered by Cloudflare  —  Microsoft is testing a VPN-like service for its Edge browser, adding a new layer of security and privacy to the browsing experience.
Business Wire:
Amazon reports Q1 revenue up 7% YoY to $116.4B, $3.8B net loss vs. $8.1B net income in Q1 2021, and AWS revenue up 37% YoY; stock down 10%+ on weak Q2 guidance  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2022.
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Apple Q2: $50.57B iPhone revenue, up 5.5% YoY, $10.44B Mac revenue, up 14.7%, $7.65B iPad revenue, down 1.92%, and other products revenue of $8.8B, up 12.4%  —  - Apple's revenue grew nearly 9% on an annual basis in the quarter ending in March.  — Apple did not provide a forecast for the current quarter.
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Jonathan Greig / The Record:
Cloudflare says it mitigated a 15.3M rps HTTPS DDoS attack earlier in April, one of the largest volumetric DDoS attacks recorded, targeting a “crypto launchpad”  —  Internet infrastructure company Cloudflare said today that it mitigated one of the largest volumetric distributed denial of service …
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
Sources: the EU plans to file antitrust charges against Apple next week for not allowing third parties to process payments using the iPhone's NFC and Apple Pay  —  EU will accuse the tech giant of blocking financial groups from its Apple Pay mobile system  —  Apple is set to face fresh …
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
An overview of the iPhone's autocorrect feature and how it has evolved, including an interview with Ken Kocienda, who created the autocorrect keyboard software  —  Tpying truble?  During the iPhone's first 15 years, its keyboard software has evolved, but it still sometimes flubs your lines.
Kim Masters / The Hollywood Reporter:
What went wrong at Netflix: sources say VP of content Cindy Holland's departure in 2020 let chief content officer Ted Sarandos prioritize quantity over quality  —  As rivals toggle between schadenfreude and fear, top creators and insiders are increasingly becoming vocal about what's gone wrong with the streaming giant's culture.

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