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Kat Hall / The Register: BT to shutdown its traditional PSTN phone network and shift customers to VoIP by 2025 with public consultations about the closure starting next month  —  Consultation next month following plan to shift all punters to VoIP  —  BT is forging ahead with plans to shut its traditional telephone network …

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Drew FitzGerald / Wall Street Journal: At antitrust trial, AT&T CEO announced AT&T Watch, a $15/month streaming TV bundle with no sports, free for its cellular customers; debut in “several weeks”  —  CEO unveils ‘skinny bundle’ service in testimony during antitrust case  —  AT&T Inc. T 0.13% plans to launch a …

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Jeremy C. Owens / MarketWatch: Pivotal priced IPO at $15/share, in the middle of announced range of $14-$16, raising $555M and giving company a valuation of about $3.8B  —  Pivotal Software Inc. PVTL, +0.00% priced its initial public offering at $15 a share early Friday, raising $555 million at a valuation of about $3.8 billion based on shares outstanding.

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Reuters: German Supreme Court rules that ad blockers are legal, in favor of Adblock Plus, and throws out a case brought by Axel Springer  —  KARLSRUHE/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a case brought by Axel Springer seeking to ban a popular application …

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Richard Nieva / CNET: Profile of Mark Zuckerberg as told by those who knew him growing up in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and those who met him on his 2017 tour of the US  —  The world's largest social network needs fixing.  Facebook's frontman has known for years. … A few years ago, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife …

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Wall Street Journal: Sources: Apple's efforts to lessen its reliance on Samsung as the sole iPhone display supplier have hit a hurdle due to manufacturing problems at LG Display  —  Manufacturing problems at South Korea's LG Display could force Apple to rely solely on Samsung for high-end and costly smartphone screens

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Zeke Turner / Wall Street Journal: How Iceland, which offers plentiful energy and cooling, is reckoning with a tech boom driven by data centers that cause power usage to surge  —  Lawmakers rethink whether a proliferation of data centers lured by the island's Nordic climate and geothermal steam is risking the environment and tourism business

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Nate Lanxon / Bloomberg: Companies are scaling back and simplifying their ToS to comply with GDPR because users' consent would be legally invalid if they don't understand the agreement  —  Everyone from Uber to PayPal is facing a backlash against their impenetrable legalese.  —  Eleanor Margolis had used PayPal …

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Anne Marie Roantree / Reuters: ZTE says US ban on sales to the company is unfair and threatens its survival, vows to safeguard its interests through all legal means  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's ZTE Corp (0763.HK) (000063.SZ) said on Friday that a ban on the sale of parts and software to the company was unfair …

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Wall Street Journal: Filings show gaming chat app Discord has raised ~$50M, bringing total funding to ~$152M, at a valuation of ~$1.65B; Discord says it had 90M users as of January  —  Maker of videogame chat app raises fresh $50 million  —  Discord Inc., maker of a popular chatting tool for PC and mobile gamers …

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Google announces Chat, a carrier service based on Universal RCS to replace SMS, with typing indicators, full-res images, video, group texts  —  How the successor to SMS will take on iMessage  —  Illustrations by William Joel & Garret Beard  —  A top-tier Android phone can cost upwards …

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CNNMoney: Investigation: 300+ organizations' ads ran on extremist YouTube channels despite many advertisers saying they use YouTube's sensitive subject exclusion filter  —  Advocates say YouTube is collecting kids' data  —  Ads from over 300 companies and organizations — including tech giants …

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Becky Peterson / Business Insider: Filings show Qualcomm's layoffs will happen on or around June 19, will impact ~1,231 employees at its San Diego HQ, 269 in its San Jose and Santa Clara offices  —  - Qualcomm will layoff a total of 1,500 employees across its San Diego and Bay Area locations, according to WARN filings with the state of California.

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Scott Stein / CNET: Nintendo Labo, the build-your-own cardboard kits with accompanying software for Nintendo Switch, is great for families; Variety Kit offers more than Robot Kit  —  We spent a week with Labo and its crazy folding forms.  Here's what Nintendo's ode to papercraft...

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Jon Fingas / Engadget: eBay updates its apps to let sellers scan barcodes to autofill some product information  —  It's usually a pain to list your goods on an auction site, especially if it's your first time.  You have to describe them, choose photos and (worst of all) choose a starting price that will reel …

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Todd Spangler / Variety: MoviePass parent to sell 10.5M shares at $2.75, 28.2% below Wednesday's $3.83 closing price, as auditor has “substantial doubt” about MoviePass' future  —  Shares of Helios and Matheson Analytics, the majority owner of MoviePass, plummeted more than 40% in early trading Thursday …

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Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal: Former Time Inc. COO Jen Wong joins Reddit as COO, will focus on business strategy, revenue growth, and user growth  —  Wong departed Time Inc. after it was acquired by Meredith Corp. in January  —  Digital media veteran Jen Wong has been named Reddit's chief operating officer effective immediately, the company said Thursday.

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Emily Feng / Financial Times: Filing: 10 investors, including Tencent, JD.com, Lenovo, and TCL, have agreed to buy a $437M stake in the smart TV unit of ailing tech conglomerate LeEco  —  Tencent and JD.com are part of a consortium of 10 private investors that have agreed to buy a $437m stake in a subsidiary of ailing tech conglomerate LeEco.

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Pew Research Center: Pew: 58% in US prefer to protect the freedom to publish rather than letting government restrict false info; 56% favor tech firms restricting false information  —  But 56% support steps from technology companies, even if it means some limits on publishing and accessing information

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple open sources FoundationDB core, three years after acquiring the database company  —  Apple owned-company FoundationDB today announced that the FoundationDB core has been open sourced with the goal of building an open community with all major development done in the open.

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Claire L. Evans / New York Magazine: Profile of Jaime Levy, the cyber punk publishing pioneer who created two of the most popular magazines of the 1990s: Cyber Rag and Electronic Hollywood  —  How a punk kid from L.A. created the coolest publications of the 1990s.  —  In the early '90s, Jaime Levy, a punk-rock hacker chick from Los Angeles …

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Russell Brandom / The Verge: Google's App Engine can no longer be used for domain-fronting, which let services use its network to avoid state-level internet blocks  —  Domain-fronting is now a thing of the past  —  App developers won't be able to use Google to get around internet censorship anymore.

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Angela Watercutter / Wired: A look at some VR entries at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and how they are using the tech to shed light on political topics in the Trump era  —  Meeting a Monster is incredibly painful.  It's supposed to be.  Created using audio recordings and re-enactments, the virtual reality experience recounts …

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Chloe Cornish / Financial Times: Interview with Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum's 24-year-old founder, on his “weird” 2017, which saw ether's market cap reach $125B+, the broader crypto market, more  —  Up in San Francisco's Monterey Heights district stands a modest detached house; a house that would be perfectly ordinary …

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Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times: Sources: Netflix has considered buying movie theaters in New York and Los Angeles, including Landmark Theatres, but the price was too high  —  Netflix, the global streaming giant that has dramatically changed the TV industry and clashed with movie theater owners, may be ready to move onto …

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