Consumer Electronics
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4/20/2018

Apple has introduced Daisy, a robot that disassembles phone parts so they can be recycled, as part of an Earth Day promotion. Also, the company announced the "GiveBack" program, which allows customers to trade in their old iPhones for gift cards or credit that can be used to buy new devices.

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4/20/2018

The race to 5G internet service has taken on new urgency with Verizon's selection of Samsung for the first commercial launch in Sacramento, Calif. The partnership suggests Samsung can be a first-tier provider of hardware for 5G.

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Forbes
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Samsung, Verizon
4/20/2018

Amazon is the most-visited mobile and desktop website and the fastest-growing marketplace in India, CEO Jeff Bezos says in a shareholder letter. Amazon is going head-to-head with Indian rival Flipkart in an aggressive bid to capture the market.

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The Times of India
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4/20/2018

Ordinary users will be able to add skills to their Alexa voice devices using Amazon's newly introduced Alexa Skill Blueprints. The Alexa Blueprints website provides 20 skill Blueprints as starting points for creating personalized skills.

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VentureBeat, Forbes
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4/20/2018

Walmart and Amazon in recent weeks have separately initiated negotiations to acquire controlling stakes in India-based e-commerce company Flipkart. Flipkart is seen as a key piece to gaining control of India's e-commerce market, as Indian consumers regard it as a highly trustworthy brand, Itika Punit writes.

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Quartz
4/20/2018

"World of Demons" fans will soon be able to play the game on mobile devices. Platinum Games is partnering with DeNA to bring the free-to-play game, along with in-app purchases, to Android and iOS.

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VentureBeat
4/20/2018

A California Senate committee has approved a strict bill on net neutrality, marking a big advance for the legislation and a setback for opponents, including AT&T. The bill would reproduce net neutrality rules abandoned at the federal level and would bar paid data-cap exemptions.

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Ars Technica
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4/19/2018

Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes took the stand in federal court recently to defend the merger between his company and AT&T. Bewkes said the AT&T deal is a necessity for the company, noting, "We don't have the tech platform, don't have the engineers, don't have the infrastructure."

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4/19/2018

Publishers will be able to livestream prerecorded videos such as film trailers using Facebook's Premieres feature, which is now in a trial phase. In addition, viewers will be able to interact with and react to what they see.

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Facebook
4/19/2018

Snapchat is rolling out a Shoppable AR Lens format that enables marketers to add "Buy Now," "Install Now" or "Watch" buttons to transform branded lenses into actionable tools. STX Entertainment, Clairol, King and Adidas have launched campaigns using the ad units.