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April 18, 2014, 11:50 AM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
App Search Engine Quixey Acquires Competing Service Kite.io  —  Mobile app search engine Quixey, backed by $75 million from Alibaba, Innovation Endeavors, Translink Capital and others, has put some of those dollars to use by acquiring a smaller, competing app search startup, San Francisco-based Kite.io.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
UberX adds $1 ‘Safe Rides Fee’ for passengers, reinstates 20% commission fee for drivers  —  UberX customers, take note: Your rides are about to cost a little more.  In an email sent to UberX Seattle drivers, the company notes a new “Safe Rides Fee,” that takes effect today.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Grams, a Tor-accessible search engine for contraband, aims to be the Google of Dark Web  —  New ‘Google’ for the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy  —  The dark web just got a little less dark with the launch of a new search engine that lets you easily find illicit drugs and other contraband online.
More: TechSpot, The Verge, SC Magazine and GizmodoTweets: @wired
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Analytics Now Lets You Track Web And App Data In A Single View  —  Here is a small but important update to Google Analytics: Developers can now create a single reporting view that includes both web and app data.  Google says this will help businesses that have multiple digital touchpoints …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu 14.04 will power “first commercially available Ubuntu tablets”  —  From May 2013, a tablet running an early version of Ubuntu Touch.  —  Andrew Cunningham  —  Canonical today is releasing Ubuntu 14.04, a Long Term Support (LTS) edition for desktops and servers and an update to the versions of Ubuntu for phones and tablets.
Jonathan Kizer / 9to5Google:
Try before you buy: Google launches home try-on program for Glass  —  Google is allowing potential Explorers to try Glass before they shell out the $1,500 to actually buy the device, according to a Reddit user by the name of clide.  He posted various images of a home try-on kit …
Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
Tech exits in Europe Q1 2014: 49 total, Germany and Israel lead, 43.7% of acquirers from US  —  Everything you've always wanted to know about tech exits in Europe: Tech.eu M&A report - Q1 2014  —  In early March, I stopped to take note of the flurry of (admittedly mostly small-sized) …
Thanks:@tech_eu
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Microsoft's Xbox One passes 5M units sold to retailers, but Titanfall boost not enough to beat Sony  —  Microsoft today announced that it has sold over 5 million Xbox One consoles to retailers around the globe, but sales of the system have still lagged behind rival Sony's PlayStation 4.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Instacart Could Raise A Big New Round Of Funding Valuing It At $400 Million  —  On-demand grocery startup Instacart is fielding term sheets for a big new round of funding, according to sources.  We've heard the new financing could be led by a non-VC investor, and according to one source it would value the company at up to $400 million.
More: Re/codeTweets: @danprimackThanks:@loyalelectron
Martyn Williams / PC World:
Exclusive: Google's Project Loon tests move to LTE band in Nevada  —  Google has expanded its Project Loon tests to the Nevada desert and, for the first time, into licensed radio spectrum.  —  Google declined to comment on the secret trials, but a local official confirmed they are related to Project Loon …
Brad Chacos / PC World:
Apache OpenOffice hits major 100 million downloads milestone in under 2 years  —  Microsoft's Office may be the go-to productivity suite in the business world, but there's apparently plenty of room out there for challengers to thrive: On Thursday, the Apache Software Foundation announced …

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