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April 12, 2017, 10:20 AM

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Ina Fried / Axios:
Samsung: Bixby's voice functions will be delayed until late spring in US, other Bixby options including visual search, reminders coming at Galaxy S8 launch 4/21  —  One of the key signature features of Samsung's Galaxy S8 , its Bixby voice assistant, won't work out of the box, when the device goes on sale later this month.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon's FreeTime subscription service gets a parental dashboard to monitor kids' usage of tablets, discussion cards to interact with kids, and more  —  Amazon FreeTime, the subscription service offering kid-friendly books, videos, apps and games, is today rolling out a feature called Discussion Cards …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Internal Uber email says Rachel Whetstone, SVP of global public policy and communications, will leave the company and be replaced by deputy Jill Hazelbaker  —  The longtime PR pro is being replaced by her deputy Jill Hazelbaker.  —  According to an internal email from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick …
Li Tao / South China Morning Post:
Huawei's CEO Eric Xu Zhijun questions the future of smartwatches, says even though the company has released two watches to date, he will never use one  —  It turns out even people at the very cutting edge of technical innovation are entitled to a “technophobe” moment.
Scott Rosenberg / Backchannel:
A look at how 15-year-old Google Book Search has shrunk in ambition and scope, after prolonged legal battles  —  Google Books was the company's first moonshot.  But 15 years later, the project is stuck in low-Earth orbit.  —  Books can do anything.  As Franz Kafka once said, “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.”
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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google launches an experiment on the web called AutoDraw, which uses machine learning to suggest stock drawings as the user makes a sketch  —  Drawing isn't for everyone.  I, for one, am definitely not very good at it.  But with AutoDraw, Google is launching a new experiment today …
Bogdan Petrovan / Android Authority:
LG confirms it has received investment offers after rumors surfaced about proposed ~$880M Google investment into its OLED display panel business  —  In a regulatory filing for the Korean stock exchange, LG confirmed that it received offers of investment for its OLED display business …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Lyft confirms $600M in new funding at a $7.5B post-money valuation  —  Lyft has confirmed that it has raised a new round of funding, bringing in $600 million from a mix of new and existing investors.  The latest investment places a $7.5 billion post-money valuation.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft Word exploit that bypasses Windows safeguards has been sent to millions to push Dridex bank fraud malware  —  Blast could give a boost to Dridex, one of the Internet's worst bank fraud threats.  —  Booby-trapped documents exploiting a critical zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft Word …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook's David Marcus clarifies that Messenger's business model focus is advertising and that Messenger is not taking a cut of payments on the platform  —  Messenger is focused on mobile advertising — just like the rest of Facebook.  —  When Facebook hired David Marcus …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
A look at Windows 10 Creators Update's best features: picture-in-picture, dynamic lock, Paint 3D, Night Light, better privacy controls, Inking in Windows photos  —  Microsoft has been testing its latest Windows 10 Creators Update in recent months, and it's now ready to roll out to existing machines.

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