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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Spotify to launch Facebook Messenger bot, letting users listen to song snippets inside Messenger  —  Spotify has announced a new Messenger bot to help users share and find music directly within Facebook's omnipresent messaging app.  —  The music-streaming giant published a blog post detailing …

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Facebook for Developers: Facebook's F8 2017 developer conference live stream  —  Live at our annual F8 developer conference.

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Wired: Live blog of Facebook's F8 conference keynote  —  On Tuesday, April 18, in San Jose, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers his keynote at the F8 conference, Facebook's biggest public event of the year.  F8 is a developer show, so expect lots of talk about new code releases and tools for building things for Facebook.

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: SeatGeek raises $57M Series D led by Glynn Capital to acquire ticketing software company TopTix  —  SeatGeek is announcing a deal to acquire TopTix for $56 million.  —  While SeatGeek has made acquisitions before, this is its biggest, and the company funded the deal by raising a $57 million Series D led by Glynn Capital.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft buys Intentional Software, which develops productivity scenarios for future workplaces; founder, ex-Microsoft exec Charles Simonyi, to rejoin the firm  —  Microsoft is acquiring Intentional Software, a Bellevue, Wash.-based productivity-app vendor whose well-known founder is a programming expert and former Microsoft manager.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Tumblr launches Cabana, a new app for watching videos while video chatting with friends  —  Tumblr today is launching a new app, called Cabana, which allows a group of friends to video chat and watch videos together, in real time.  The app is being introduced under the Tumblr brand …

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Rich McCormick / The Verge: Redesigned Google Earth brings interactive guided tours and 3D maps view to Chrome browsers and Android devices, coming to iOS and other browsers later  —  Just in time for Earth Day, Google has redesigned Google Earth for web and Android.  The new version adds new features that let users …

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch: Uber launches Uber Central, a tool that lets business users order multiple cars at once for customers or clients  —  Uber finalized a new tool in its business arsenal today called Uber Central that enables business users to order multiple Ubers on behalf of customers or clients from a single app.

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Samsung S8/S8+ review: gorgeous design, build quality, great camera, but fingerprint scanner is in awkward spot, Bixby's useless, preinstalled apps are annoying  —  The new S8 and S8 Plus aren't perfect, but they are damn close  —  People “aren't excited by new phones anymore.”

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Adrianne Jeffries / The Outline: How Celebrity Net Worth's traffic plunged after Google took its data for Featured Snippets, even when the site said it could not have access  —  Google's Featured Snippets are not only often wrong, they're also damaging to small businesses that depend on search traffic.

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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica: Allegations about cybersecurity company Cylance using bogus malware to close deals shed light on the complex nature of AV product testing in the industry  —  On the front lines of the antivirus industry's “testing wars.”  —  Last November, a systems engineer at a large company …

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Nathan Ingraham / Engadget: Pandora's on-demand streaming service Pandora Premium opens to all users for $9.99 per month  —  It's been just about a month since Pandora unveiled its attempt at building full-fledged, on-demand streaming music service.  Aside from a handful of bugs, the big problem with Pandora Premium was that it was invite only.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: PayPal teams up with Android Pay for mobile payments  —  PayPal is joining forces with Google's Android Pay mobile payments platform, the companies announced this morning - an effort aimed at allowing PayPal to expand its footprint both within mobile applications as well as at brick-and-mortar retailers.

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Snapchat introduces World Lenses, live filters for the rear-facing camera that add AR elements like a cloud, rainbow, and more  —  Menlo Park, start your photocopiers  —  Snapchat today is rolling out world lenses, a new twist on its popular face filters that continues to the company's exploration of augmented reality.

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Bloomberg: Sources: Apple launching three iPhones this fall; availability of flagship model with stainless steel frame and curved glass may be delayed  —  Apple is testing a revamped iPhone with an all-screen front, curved glass and a stainless steel frame alongside upgrades to the current models.

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Ina Fried / Axios: Three month study of 3.1M drivers in US finds they used their phones at least once on 88% of trips  —  Everyone knows we are all using our phones while driving.  A lot.  —  And now there is hard data to back it up.  Zendrive studied actual device use among 3.1 million drivers …

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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times: Steve Ballmer unveiling USAFacts, his project to provide an online database of spending across federal, state, and local governments  —  Guess what Steven A. Ballmer has been up to for the last several years.  (No, not just cheering for the basketball team he owns, the Los Angeles Clippers.)

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Mozilla Hacks: Mozilla to stop updating Firefox Aurora channel April 18 and phase it out over next few months  —  Streamlining our release process and quickly getting stable new features to users and developers is a priority for Firefox.  Taking a close critical look at our release channels …

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Jared Jones / GitHub: Github expands its developer program to include developers without paid accounts, announces new levels and benefits  —  For over three years, the GitHub Developer Program has been a launchpad for developers—from testing their newest applications to growing their biggest businesses.

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Mike Caulfield / Medium: Facebook's “Tips to Spot False News” take too much time, are too generic and dated, and focus on easily gamed information on questionable sites  —  Sometime yesterday, Facebook rolled out the largest media literacy campaign in the history of the world.  —  Unfortunately, most of what it contained was bad advice.

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Justin Osofsky / Facebook: Facebook releases timeline of murder suspect's activity: first video uploaded 11:09AM PDT, first report received around 11:27AM, account disabled at 1:22PM  —  On Sunday morning, a man in Cleveland posted a video of himself announcing his intent to commit murder, then two minutes later posted another video …

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Trisha Thadani / San Francisco Chronicle: H-1B visa applications drop for first time in four years, to 199K petitions, down from 236K last year  —  For the first time in four years, the number of H-1B visa applications has decreased.  —  The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services received 199,000 petitions, or applications …

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Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC: Netflix reports $2.64B in Q1 revenue, nets 3.53M new international members vs 3.71M expected and 1.42M domestic vs 1.56M expected  —  Netflix posted first quarter earnings that beat expectations, and revenue that was in line with analysts' estimates on Monday.

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed: Profile of Yann LeCun, who leads Facebook's AI efforts with a team of 80 researchers; his once-rejected theories about AI are today considered world-class  —  miles away from Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters, in an old, beige office building in downtown Manhattan, a group of company employees …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Microsoft's business-centric IFTTT competitor Flow updates with improved workflows for groups, and PowerApps platform gets Azure Functions integration  —  Microsoft's business-centric IFTTT competitor Flow and its ‘low-code’ PowerApps platform are both getting major updates today.

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