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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Private equity owned eBay Enterprise merges with Innotrac, rebrands as Radial  —  Ebay Enterprise merges with Innotrac to become Radial  —  Ebay sold off its enterprise unit to a consortium of companies led by private equity firm Permira last year.  That consortium included Sterling Partners, Longview Asset Management and Innotrac.

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Susan Crawford / Backchannel: A fiber optic network project by 31 Massachusetts towns is indefinitely delayed because of state apathy and delays in approval and funding  —  Why Western Mass Doesn't Have the Internet  —  A new report about Western Mass's fiber fiasco sheds light on the national failure to provide high-speed digital access to rural America

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: High-end smartphones priced at about $400 are on the rise, disrupting $700 flagships  —  The rise of the $400 smartphone—you want how much for a flagship?  —  Newcomers to the smartphone market are arriving with disruptive pricing.  —  For a long time, the cost of a fast …

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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard: DARPA seeks encrypted comms app with blockchain infrastructure, message repudiation, self-deleting messages, more in Small Business Technology Transfer request  —  DARPA Is Looking For The Perfect Encryption App, and It's Willing to Pay  —  While the FBI keeps crying wolf about the dangerous dark future …

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John Herrman / New York Times: Vox is launching a gadget blog, Circuit Breaker, on Monday, primarily as a Facebook page, with a section on The Verge's website as well  —  Vox Media Tries Something Old on Something New  —  Vox Media, the ambitious online news start-up that runs Vox, a politics site; SB Nation …

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Sirin Labs says it raised $72M to launch Solarin, a $10K+ Android-based, privacy-focused “Rolls-Royce of smartphones”, alongside retail store in London this May  —  Sirin Labs nabs $72M to build the Rolls-Royce of smartphones: ‘Solarin’ goes on sale in May

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Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal: YouTube capturing only a sliver of TV ad spending, with higher CPMs and content quality among the major concerns for advertisers  —  YouTube's Quest for TV Advertising Dollars  —  While the Google platform has had the most success siphoning off some TV ad spending, its challenges offer a cautionary tale for Facebook, Twitter

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Colin Lecher / The Verge: How FCC's reallocation of TV spectrum to the wireless industry over the next few years will work  —  How the FCC's massive airwaves auction will change America — and your phone service  —  The system that underpins wireless communication in the United States is about to dramatically change.

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Jessi Hempel / Wired: Pinterest execs and engineers discuss overhauling its underlying software, its new iOS app, plans to capture international audiences, more  —  Pinterest Reinvents Itself to Prove It's Really Worth Billions  —  It's a week before Pinterest will announce its biggest engineering and design overhaul ever …

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Callum Leslie / The Daily Dot: PwC: eSports industry will make $463M in revenue in 2016, up 43% from 2015  —  Esports will earn a half billion in revenue this year according to PwC report  —  Esports will earn $500 million in revenue this year, according to a new report by PwC, the latest major financial services firm …

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Handelsblatt: Sources: Apple has a Berlin office seeking engineers and partners for a car project; talks with BMW and Daimler ended, Magna believed to be current favorite  —  Exclusive: BMW, Daimler Reject Cooperation with Apple over “iCar”  —  German carmakers Daimler and BMW have ended talks with Apple …

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Nathan McAlone / Business Insider: Sources: Google plans an in-house startup incubator “Area 120” overseen by Don Harrison and Bradley Horowitz and located in San Francisco  —  Google has a new division called ‘Area 120’ where employees can build their own startups  —  Google is creating an in-house startup incubator …

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Jessica E. Lessin / The Information: Sources: Google plans an in-house startup incubator “Area 120” overseen by Don Harrison and Bradley Horowitz  —  Google Preps New Corporate Incubator  —  Sundar Pichai has a new plan to stop Google employees from jumping ship to start companies: Create a startup incubator within Google.

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Bloomberg: Young fans of Valve's Counter-Strike flock to independent, unregulated sites to bet valuable virtual weapons on pro matches  —  Virtual Weapons Are Turning Teen Gamers Into Serious Gamblers  —  The boom in pro video gaming is fueled by $2.3 billion in online bets.

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Michael Crider / Android Police: Sony Offers A Build Of The Android N Developer Preview For The Xperia Z3  —  Normally only Nexus and other first-party Google devices get a taste of an upcoming Android version before it's released, barring custom ROMs and other end user activities.  But Sony has been offering experimental AOSP builds …

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Dan Grover: WeChat PM: chat apps succeed when they streamline high-friction processes like app installation, login, and payment, not when they rely on conversational UI  —  Bots won't replace apps.  Better apps will replace apps.  —  Lately, everyone's talking about “conversational UI.”  It's the next big thing.

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: Toosheh lets Iranians use their ubiquitous satellite TV dishes to download videos, cirumventing the nation's slow, expensive, censored internet  —  The Ingenious Way Iranians Are Using Satellite TV to Beam in Banned Internet  —  Reza, a 20-something mechanical engineer working …

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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times: Six prominent ex-national security officials, who now work at firms with ties to the tech sector, support Apple on encryption  —  On Encryption Battle, Apple Has Advocates in Ex-National Security Officials  —  WASHINGTON — In their years together as top national security officials …

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TechCrunch: Study: 7% of partners in the top 100 VC firms are women; 10% of global venture funding in 2010-15 went to startups with at least one woman founder  —  The first comprehensive study on women in venture capital and their impact on female founders  —  Apr 19, 2016, 6:00 amApr 19, 2016, 10:22 am

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Ian King / Bloomberg: AMD climbed 52% Friday after announcing $293M deal to license processor and system-on-chip technology to China-backed joint venture THATIC  —  AMD Soars on Agreement to License Chip Technology for China  —  Struggling chipmaker looking for ways to monetize technology

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Wall Street Journal: Monthly data limits by home broadband providers increasingly forcing consumers to cut back or cancel streaming video services in the US  —  Broadband Data Caps Pressure ‘Cord Cutters’  —  Monthly limits by home Internet providers like Comcast and AT&T force people who stream Netflix or Sling TV to ration Web use

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Office of Inadequate Security: An unsecured database with 93.4M Mexican voter records found hosted on AWS, now taken offline  —  Personal info of 93.4 million Mexicans exposed on Amazon (UPDATED)  —  In today's installment of “Epic Infosecurity #FAIL,” more than 93.4 million Mexican citizens have had their voter …

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Andrew Marantz / New Yorker: How storytelling pioneers are experimenting with GoPros, 3-D printers, and homemade camera rigs to invent a new medium, cinematic VR  —  Studio 360  —  Janicza Bravo makes short films about loneliness.  In one, Michael Cera plays an abrasive paraplegic who can't get lucky.

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Jordan Golson / The Verge: Baidu is building a 100-person autonomous car team in Silicon Valley  —  Chinese search giant Baidu has formed a team dedicated to its self-driving car efforts in Silicon Valley, taking its autonomous car ambitions to Google's home turf.  The team, which Baidu announced in a press release …

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Jenna McLaughlin / The Intercept: Boston district court judge rules FBI hacking in child porn sting was illegal because magistrate judge that issued the search warrant was in another district  —  FBI Mass Child-Porn Hack Ruled Illegal on a Technicality  —  When the FBI hacked over 1,000 computers to ensnare consumers …

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