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Weekly#217

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  • Facebook beats in Q1 with $8.03B revenue, faster growth to 1.94B users
  • Facebook holds 16% of the global digital-ad market, behind Google’s 33% share, says forecasting firm eMarketer.
  • WhatsApp’s ‘Status’ Snapchat clone hits 175M daily users in 10 weeks (15 percent of the messaging app’s 1.2 billion users.)
  • Fitbit stock jumps 10% after beating in Q1 with 3 million devices sold
  • Verizon sells its private cloud and managed hosting businesses to IBM
  • There are 147 teams competing in XPrize’s broad-ranging AI competition
  • InVision picks up TrackDuck to better integrate with Atlassian products.This is InVision’s seventh acquisition in the last 16 months.
  • Apple’s services business grows 18% (quarter’s revenue from services was $7.04 billion)
  • Facebook Messenger rolls out Instant Games worldwide
  • SpaceX plans to launch first internet-providing satellites in 2019
  • A space engine that could make flying into orbit commonplace
  • Self-Driving EVs Will Mean 200 Million Fewer Cars in U.S. by 2030, Study Claims
  • New device can harvest indoor light to power electronics
  • Walmart has applied for a patent to track how much toothpaste and milk you use at home
  • Google is testing a job-search feature that could rival LinkedIn—and Facebook
  • Amazon Echo touchscreen device shown for the first time in new leak
  • Citi lists Netflix, Tesla as potential takeover targets for Apple (Netflix (NFLX.O), Walt Disney (DIS.N), Tesla Inc (TSLA.O), Activision Blizzard (ATVI.O), Electronic Arts (EA.O) Take Two Interactive Software (TTWO.O) and Hulu)
  • Europe’s aviation safety authorities have proposed rules for operating small drones that include requirements for geo-fencing technology to prevent them from straying into banned areas and a “dos and don’ts” leaflet to be inserted in retail packaging.
  • Amazon plans to open a new center in the university city of Cambridge for scientists developing technologies including the Alexa digital assistant used in its Echo speakers. Able to house more than 400 scientists and engineers when it opens in the autumn