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April 22, 2016, 9:55 AM

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New York Times:
Chinese regulator shut down iBooks Store and iTunes Movies in China last week say sources; Apple working on making them available again soon  —  Apple No Longer Immune to China's Scrutiny of U.S. Tech Firms  —  For years, there has been a limit to the success of American technology companies in China.
New York Times:
Uber reaches settlement in class-action suit in CA and MA; drivers in those states to remain independent contractors; firm to pay drivers as much as $100M  —  Uber Settles Cases With Concessions, but Drivers Stay Freelancers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Uber has long been embroiled in a debate …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Q3: Surface-related revenue up 61% YoY to $1.1B; Lumia sales fall 73% to 2.3M devices; Windows OEM revenue outperforms rest of PC market but falls 2%  —  Microsoft's Q3 2016: Surface up and Windows Phone down again  —  Microsoft has published its Q3 fiscal 2016 earnings report …
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J.M. Porup / Ars Technica:
UK intel agencies spy indiscriminately on millions of innocent folks  —  The UK's intelligence agencies (MI5, MI6, and GCHQ) are spying on everything you do, and with only the flimsiest of safeguards in place to prevent abuse, according to more than a thousand pages of documents published today …
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Alphabet posts Q1 revenue of $20.26B on analyst expectations of $20.38B as cost-per-click continues to decrease, down 9% YoY  —  Alphabet slides 5% after missing earnings expectations on revenue of $20.3B  —  For a split second, Alphabet was the most valuable company in the world.
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Julia Edwards / Reuters:
FBI paid over $1.3M to break into San Bernardino iPhone, the most the FBI has admitted to paying for a hacking technique  —  FBI paid more than $1.3 million to break into San Bernardino iPhone  —  Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Thursday the agency paid …
Facebook:
Facebook's News Feed starts prioritizing time spent on content, and reduces how often it shows posts in a row from the same source  —  News Feed FYI: More Articles You Want to Spend Time Viewing  —  As we work to improve News Feed, we make updates to help make sure you see the most relevant stories at the top.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Medium raises $50M Series C led by Spark Capital, adds Ben Horowitz, Judy Estrin to board; source puts value at $600M, up from $400M in Sept when it raised $57M  —  Ev Williams's Medium raised $57 million in September — now it's raised another $50 million  —  You may have heard there's …
Alec Muffett / Facebook:
Number of users accessing Facebook over Tor reached one million in the last 30 days  —  1 Million People use Facebook over Tor  —  People who choose to communicate over Tor do so for a variety of reasons related to privacy, security and safety.  As we've written previously it's important …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Microsoft, Google agree to stop complaining to regulators about each other  —  Microsoft and Google say they have recently reached an agreement under which they will drop pending regulatory complaints against one another across the globe.  The pair have also agreed that they will try …
Dan Graziano / CNET:
Acer announces range of new devices including Switch Alpha 12 liquid-cooled 2-in-1 notebook, new gaming PCs, durable Chromebook 14 for Work, and more  —  Acer debuts new gaming PCs with VR support and a powerful 2-in-1 laptop  —  The company also showed off a new smartphone and fitness devices set to arrive later this year.

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