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April 7, 2014, 8:55 PM

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Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Uber launching an on-demand courier service in Manhattan on Tuesday  —  Uber is launching an on-demand courier service tomorrow (exclusive)  —  Tomorrow, Uber will launch an on-demand courier service in Manhattan, allowing users to request item pickup and delivery via a smartphone app.
Michael Crider / Android Police:
#1 new paid app in Play Store “Virus Shield” has no functionality, later removed by Google  —  The #1 New Paid App In The Play Store Costs $4, Has Over 10,000 Downloads, A 4.7-Star Rating... And It's A Total Scam [Updated]  —  Computer security is important, even if the computer in question fits in your hand.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft to launch Xbox original TV shows in June, has six series lined up, with more than a dozen projects in development  —  Microsoft Goes Hollywood in Amazon-Like Programming Push  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is going Hollywood with a cast including comedians Sarah Silverman and Seth Green …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Acquires Android Lockscreen App Cover, Moves Deeper Into Mobile Services  —  A very interesting acquisition announcement from Twitter today: it's buying Cover, an Android lockscreen app that lets you customise what apps you see and when.  For now, Cover will remain live in the Play store.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Commenting Platform Disqus Introduces Sponsored Comments  —  Disqus, which says it powers the comment sections on almost 3 million websites, is announcing a new type of ad unit today — Sponsored Comments.  —  Since Disqus already runs ads through its Promoted Discovery program …
More: Disqus and The Next WebTweets: @dangillmor and @om
Max Chafkin / Fast Company:
The story of Better Place, Shai Agassi's failed electric car startup that raised nearly $1B  —  A Broken Place: The Spectacular Failure Of The Startup That Was Going To Change The World  —  “So this is the car.”  I'm standing outside a shopping mall somewhere in Tel Aviv, Israel, as Guy Pross shows me his ride.
More: Gigaom
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
After Raising $250 Million, Lyft Cuts Prices By Up To 20% In All Markets  —  Last week, Lyft announced that it had raised a massive $250 million round of funding as part of its effort to compete against other on-demand ride services.  Now the company is going on the offensive against its competitors …
More: GeekWireThanks:@mjburnsy
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Seagate releases 6TB hard drive, its fastest yet  —  Seagate has released its first 6TB hard drive, saying that it was able to reach that capacity without using helium like rival Western Digital.  —  Seagate has released its first 6TB, enterprise-class hard disk drive …
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Supreme Court passes on NSA bulk phone surveillance case  —  Case will head to appeals court first, but will likely end up with the Supremes.  —  The Supreme Court declined Monday to resolve the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's bulk telephone metadata surveillance program …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
StoreDot's Bio-Organic Battery Tech Can Charge From Flat To Full In 30 Seconds  —  Want to charge your phone from flat to full in 30 seconds?  Who doesn't.  But don't get too excited yet — Israeli startup StoreDot's bio-organic fast-charging battery tech, which utilizes quantum dot technology, is only a prototype right now.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808/810: 20nm High-End 64-bit SoCs with LTE Category 6/7 Support in 2015  —  Today Qualcomm is rounding out its 64-bit family with the Snapdragon 808 and 810.  Like the previous 64-bit announcements (Snapdragon 410, 610 and 615), the 808 and 810 leverage ARM's own CPU IP …
David Sirota / PandoDaily:
Documents show Gogo boasted of helping law enforcement agencies spy on in-flight wifi  —  We already know that there's almost nowhere on earth you can go to escape the warrantless snooping and panoptic surveillance of the US government.  Now it turns out you're not even safe 30,000 feet up in the sky.
Tweets: @csoghoian
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Google Licenses Room 77 Software in Mobile Travel-Booking Push  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) wants you to reserve a hotel room from your smartphone, and it's spending money on the technology to make it happen.  —  The biggest Internet-search company is licensing hotel-booking software from Room 77 Inc. …
More: Android Community and TnoozTweets: @aaronwall
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Jerk.com scammed money to remove Facebook-scraped profiles, says FTC  —  A typical Jerk.com profile, where visitors can vote on whether a particular person is or is not a jerk as well as fill in supplementary, personally identifying information.  —  As of Monday, the FTC has charged …
Mike Suszek / Joystiq:
Upload gameplay to YouTube on Xbox One tomorrow, 360 gets GoPro app  —  Microsoft is updating the YouTube app on Xbox One to allow players to upload gameplay clips directly to the video platform starting tomorrow.  The app will integrate with the Game DVR and Upload services already present on the console …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Confirmed: Former Apple Exec Andy Miller Out at Leap Motion  —  Andy Miller, president and chief operating officer at the motion-controller startup Leap Motion, no longer has a day-to-day role there, the company confirmed today.  —  However, the former Apple iAd chief and co-owner …
More: Fortune

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