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April 20, 2017, 5:00 PM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google Home now supports multiple users by recognizing the voice of the person speaking, available now in the US and in “coming months” in the UK  —  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.
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 …
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google plans to block ads in Chrome that give a bad user experience, considers blocking all ads on sites which have ads that don't meet standards  —  Filter could strip out ads that provide bad experiences for users  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google is planning to introduce an ad-blocking feature …
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Trump misses 90-day deadline to publish cybersecurity plan after alleged Russian hacking in the 2016 election; there is little evidence a report is being made  —  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.
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.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Verizon reports Q1 revenue of $29.81B, missing estimates of $30.4B, with net income of $3.6B, and sees net decline of 307K postpaid connections  —  Verizon lost postpaid retail customers in the first quarter, but the damage could have been worse without the launch of Verizon Unlimited.
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 …
Tony Romm / Recode:
FCC removes restrictions on ISPs raising prices for firms that need a dedicated connection, changes how TV station groups calculate their footprint  —  Republican Chairman Ajit Pai delivers some wins for AT&T, Verizon and a few players in the broadcasting industry.
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:
Mastercard begins testing fingerprint sensors on cards in South Africa, plans to roll them out globally by end of 2017  —  Our fingerprints are quickly replacing PINs and passwords as our primary means of unlocking our phones, doors and safes.  They're convenient, unique …
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Spotify signs new licensing deal with Merlin, which represents thousands of indie labels; deal allows new music to be held from free tier for two weeks  —  Spotify cleared another hurdle in the route to its IPO this morning when it announced a multi-year licensing deal with Merlin …
 

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