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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Twitter quietly retires Magic Recs, a DM bot that recommended viral accounts and Tweets  —  As Twitter tries out bigger things to spur growth activity — like changing the orderandlengthof tweets — it is turning away from others.  Twitter has quietly retired Magic Recs …

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Susan Decker / Bloomberg: ITC judge rules that Jawbone patents in its case against Fitbit are invalid  —  Fitbit Wins Ruling Knocking Out Jawbone Patents at Trade Agency  —  Fitbit Inc. won a ruling that invalidated the last of the Jawbone Inc. patents that were the subject of a dispute at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

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Abner Li / 9to5Google: New Google Trips app is a smart assistant for your vacations, currently in beta testing  —  One of Inbox's most convenient features are Travel bundles that organize reservations and other related emails in an easy to read manner.  Google is now testing (via Androidworld) …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: FTC is investigating Venmo over “deceptive or unfair practices”, PayPal's SEC filing shows  —  The FTC is investigating Venmo over ‘deceptive or unfair practices’  —  Venmo, the hugely popular peer-to-peer payments service owned by PayPal, is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft releases public preview of PowerApps business-app building service  —  A public preview of Microsoft's PowerApps service, which integrates with its just-unveiled Flow data-sharing tool, is available to business users who want to develop custom business apps.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: IBM raises its game in blockchain with secure cloud services and Docker integration  —  Bitcoin may still be the most famous application of blockchain technology, but the distributed, encrypted database architecture is now being applied to a range of other services, from different kinds of …

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Matt Weinberger / Business Insider: Microsoft is working on a IFTTT-like automation tool called Flow  —  LEAKED: Microsoft is working on a new tool to help automate your life  —  Meet Microsoft Flow: A free way to connect all of your cloud services — including Slack, GitHub, Twitter, and Google Drive — together in new and novel ways.

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Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wall Street Journal: Uber tests wait-time fees and a shorter cancellation window in NYC, New Jersey, Dallas, and Phoenix, in response to driver complaints  —  Uber Tests New Rider Rules: Two Minutes to Cancel or Show Up...or Else  —  Pilot program to allow charges for customers making drivers wait or canceling rides late, addressing complaints

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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg: Snapchat strikes a non-exclusive deal with NBC to show Olympics highlights in US via live stories and Discover channel curated by BuzzFeed  —  Snapchat Scores Unprecedented Deal With NBC to Showcase Olympics  —  Companies to share revenue from ads paired with content

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Charlie Osborne / ZDNet: CloudFlare activates HTTP/2 Server Push protocol, expects it will increase page and app load time by up to 15% across its network within a year  —  CloudFlare figured out how to make the Web one second faster  —  CloudFlare customers can tap into the protocol to shave loading times off their domains.

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Tony Maglio / The Wrap: Rovi buys Tivo for $1.1B at $10.70 per share, will adopt Tivo brand as new company name  —  Rovi Buys TiVo for $1.1 Billion  —  Entertainment technology firm values original DVR company at $10.70 per share  —  Entertainment technology company Rovi has purchased original DVR service TiVo for $1.1 billion, or $10.70 per share.

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Dustin Volz / Reuters: Supreme Court approves change that will allow US judges to issue search warrants for computers located in any jurisdiction  —  U.S. high court approves rule change to expand FBI hacking power  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would allow U.S. judges …

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Tim Peterson / Marketing Land: LinkedIn's ad revenue grew 29% YoY to $154.1M in Q1, propelled by sponsored content which accounted for $86.3M, growing 80% YoY  —  LinkedIn's sponsored content pivot helps ad revenue hit $154.1 million  —  LinkedIn's ad revenue grew by 29% in the first quarter of 2016 …

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Mark Hosenball / Reuters: Sources: FBI paid under $1M to unlock San Bernardino iPhone, can use it on other iPhone 5Cs running iOS 9 without additional payment  —  FBI paid under $1 million to unlock San Bernardino iPhone: sources  —  The FBI paid under $1 million for the technique used to unlock the iPhone used …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google Play is now labelling which apps contain ads  —  Google has just made a change to its mobile application storefront, Google Play, which will help customers make better decisions about the apps they want to download: it's now displaying if an app contains advertisements.

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Chris Sonderby / Facebook: Facebook's Global Government Requests Report for H2 2015 shows requests for account data are up 13% to 47K, and 60% of requests in US come with a gag order  —  Global Government Requests Report  —  Today we are releasing our latest Global Government Requests Report as part of a broader effort …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Tinder's new friend-finding feature Tinder Social, which displays names of Facebook friends using the app, is being tested in Australia  —  Oops!  Tinder's new friend-finding feature, Tinder Social, is outing which of your friends use the app  —  Tinder announced this morning it's testing …

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Sources: HTC will make the next Nexus phones, likely codenamed Marlin and Sailfish  —  The Android rumor mill has decided: HTC will make the next Nexus phones  —  If you've been paying attention to Android rumors for the past month or so, you know that at this point it's a fait accompli …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple Music for Android Gains Support for Music Videos, Family Billing Plan  —  Apple today updated its Apple Music app designed for Android devices, adding support for family memberships and watching music videos, features already available in the iOS version of Apple Music.

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Jeffrey Matulef / Eurogamer.net: YouTubers will soon receive money raised during Content ID disputes  —  New system will set earned revenue aside for whoever's found in the right.  —  YouTubers will soon be able to receive revenue made during Content ID claim disputes.  —  As is, if a YouTuber uploads a video …

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Nick Wingfield / New York Times: Amazon earns $513M in Q1, its biggest profit ever, thanks to fast-growing Amazon Web Services business; stock jumps 12% after hours  —  Amazon Posts Strong Profit, Thanks to Its Cloud  —  SEATTLE — Amazon delivered a blowout quarter on Thursday, joining Facebook as one of the rare bright spots …

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: LinkedIn membership up 19% to 433M in Q1, revenue grows 35% YoY to $861M, beats estimates  —  LinkedIn membership rises 19% to 433 million, increases revenue 35% to $861 million  —  LinkedIn has reported its Q1 2016 earnings with $861 million in revenue and an earnings per share of $0.74.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Pandora Q1 revenue up 29% YoY to $297.3M, beating estimates; now has 79.4M active listeners, down from 81.1M in prior quarter  —  Pandora up 5% on mixed earnings but Rdio and Ticketfly buys don't pay much yet  —  Pandora continues to struggle as Internet radio becomes just a feature baked …

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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat: Amazon Web Services generated $604M operating income, revenue up 63% YoY to $2.56B in Q1 2016  —  Amazon Web Services grabs $2.5 billion in revenue in Q1 2016, up 63% over last year  —  Amazon today released its earnings statement for the first quarter of the year, and things are looking up …

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Amazon.com: Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Sales up 28% to $29.1 Billion  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2016.  —  Operating cash flow increased 44% to $11.3 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $7.8 billion …

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