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Timestamps:
0:00 ok settle down
0:09 Discord says no to Microsoft
0:56 Apple Spring Loaded fallout
2:14 Xbox good, Playstation just okay
3:17 Kove Commuter 2 Speaker
4:19 QUICK BITS
4:24 Facebook Email Search v1.0
4:51 HTC Vive Air
5:21 Samsung Galaxy Upcycling
5:44 Venmo adds crypto
6:12 Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard

NEWS SOURCES

PUT AN M1 ON IT
Apple Spring Loaded event
https://linustechtips.com/topic/1329334-apple-april-20-event-new-imac-and-ipad-pro-with-m1-chips-airtags-and-a-new-iphone-color/
https://gizmodo.com/the-podcast-war-has-begun-1846724669

Tile bashes Apple’s new AirTag as unfair competition


https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/21/22394644/apple-airtag-built-in-keychain-loop-design-price-accessories-debate

Apple Has Not Changed the Magic Mouse’s Infuriating Bottom Charging Port Location With the New M1 iMac Unveiling


https://www.macrumors.com/2021/04/20/mac-mini-10-gigabit-ethernet-add-on/
https://linustechtips.com/topic/1329660-new-14-inch-and-16-inch-macbook-pro-models-with-xdr-displays-more/
https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/14-inch-and-16-inch-macbook-pro-models-with-xdr-displays-expected-to-launch-later-this-year.2292589/

AVOIDING DISCORD
Discord ISN’T being sold to Microsoft
https://www.engadget.com/discord-microsoft-acquisition-talks-ended-ipo-190520136.html
https://www.wsj.com/articles/discord-ends-deal-talks-with-microsoft-11618938806?mod=breakingnews
https://collider.com/discord-microsoft-deal-explained-why-it-ended/
IPO https://hexus.net/business/news/internet/147713-discord-decides-ipo-microsoft-xbox-deal-rejected/

X-GAMES MODE


https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2021-04-21-microsoft-ditching-xbox-live-gold-requirements-for-free-to-play-multiplayer-from-today

Xbox gets AMD FidelityFX — laying groundwork for Super Resolution


https://www.polygon.com/22392132/playstation-store-ps3-ps-vita-psp-shut-down-cancel-reversed-why
https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/sony-looks-set-to-announce-playstation-plus-video-pass/

PlayStation Store to discontinue movie and TV purchases and rentals

QUICK BITS

LIKE SOME KIND OF “FACE-BOOK”
Facebook Email Search
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/04/tool-links-email-addresses-to-facebook-accounts-at-scale/
https://www.vice.com/en/article/bvz8pz/tool-finds-facebook-email-addresses

DOING A SIDE QUEST
HTC Vive Air, Quest 2 competitor
https://www.gsmarena.com/htc_vive_air_wins_if_design_award_without_even_being_launched-news-48748.php
just a concept

HTC says its award winning Vive Air is only a concept design, not a real product

GO, SAMSUNG! USE UPCYCLE!
Samsung Galaxy Upcycling
https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-electronics-expands-its-galaxy-upcycling-program-to-enable-consumers-to-repurpose-galaxy-smartphones-into-smart-home-devices
https://www.cnet.com/home/smart-home/turn-a-samsung-galaxy-into-a-baby-monitor-with-new-upcycling-at-home-program/

CRYPTO GOES MAINSTREAM
Venmo does crypto now, so you know it’s legit
https://newsroom.paypal-corp.com/2021-04-20-Introducing-Crypto-on-Venmo

A HERO OF THE STORM
Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard
https://www.engadget.com/jeff-kaplan-leaves-blizzard-overwatch-221727791.html


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