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April 21, 2017, 10:40 AM

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft says it will now roll out twice yearly updates for Windows and Office in March and September, starting with “Redstone 3”  —  IT Pros, mark your calendars.  Starting in September 2017 with Windows 10 ‘Redstone 3,’ Microsoft will begin rolling out new feature updates …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google Home now supports up to six users and can distinguish voice of speaker to provide personalized results, available in US, expanding to UK within months  —  Up to six people can train Home to recognize their voice  —  Google Home can now be trained to identify the different voices of people you live with.
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Elon Musk reveals plans for his startup Neuralink, says initial focus is on developing neural implants for treating brain injuries, to explore telepathy later  —  Startup Neuralink aims to treat disabled and ultimately create a new language of ‘consensual telepathy’
Michael Nunez / Gizmodo:
Plastc, the all-in-one smart payment card that raised $9M+ in preorders and failed to ship any product, says it will file for bankruptcy  —  There are dozens of ways to pay for things, but apparently, the world was not ready for one more.  Plastc, the company that promised to put …
Greg Barbosa / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases a JavaScript API for Live Photos, allowing playback on the web  —  Following up on Tumblr's own implementation of Live Photos for the web, Apple has released an official Live Photos JavaScript API.  Developers will be able to use the new API to share Live Photos playback on iOS, macOS, and the web.
George Slefo / Ad Age:
Google, Microsoft, major ad buyers and publishers coordinating on ad blocking plan, says Coalition for Better Ads' counsel, who expects a rollout by end-of-year  —  The biggest players in advertising and tech are mapping out a strategy to kill off the digital ads that have been deemed as the absolute worst by consumers.
Yaniv Feldman / Geektime:
Sources: Snapchat acquired geofilter patent from defunct Instagram competitor Mobli for $7.7M  —  After 6 years, 86 Million Dollars in funding, a peak of 23 Million users and 4 different products, today marked the what seems to be the final chapter for Mobli, with the sale of one of its patents to Snap Inc.
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Trump misses 90-day deadline to publish cybersecurity plan after alleged Russian hacking in 2016 election, and there is no evidence of anyone working on it  —  He pledged in January to quickly develop a program for countering hackers, but no one seems to know who's in charge of developing it or where it is.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Source: Oracle will pay more than $850M for digital ad tracking company Moat  —  A big bet on ad tech.  —  Oracle will pay more than $850 million to acquire Moat, a company that tracks digital ads, according to a person familiar with the deal.  —  Oracle announced its planned acquisition earlier …
Joshua Goldman / CNET:
GoPro unveils Fusion, a small wearable, 5.2K spherical camera for capturing both VR and non-VR content, slated for limited commercial release at the end of 2017  —  The spherical camera, called Fusion, is small and wearable, but a lot of other details are a mystery.

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