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April 7, 2014, 9:35 PM

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Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Uber launching an on-demand courier service in Manhattan on Tuesday  —  Uber is launching an on-demand courier service tomorrow (exclusive)  —  Tomorrow, Uber will launch an on-demand courier service in Manhattan, allowing users to request item pickup and delivery via a smartphone app.
Michael Crider / Android Police:
#1 new paid app in Play Store “Virus Shield” has no functionality, later removed by Google  —  The #1 New Paid App In The Play Store Costs $4, Has Over 10,000 Downloads, A 4.7-Star Rating... And It's A Total Scam [Updated]  —  Computer security is important, even if the computer in question fits in your hand.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
After Raising $250 Million, Lyft Cuts Prices By Up To 20% In All Markets  —  Last week, Lyft announced that it had raised a massive $250 million round of funding as part of its effort to compete against other on-demand ride services.  Now the company is going on the offensive against its competitors …
More: GeekWireThanks:@mjburnsy
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Commenting Platform Disqus Introduces Sponsored Comments  —  Disqus, which says it powers the comment sections on almost 3 million websites, is announcing a new type of ad unit today — Sponsored Comments.  —  Since Disqus already runs ads through its Promoted Discovery program …
More: Disqus and The Next WebTweets: @dangillmor and @omSee also Mediagazer
Bloomberg:
Microsoft to launch Xbox original TV shows in June, has six series lined up, with more than a dozen projects in development  —  Microsoft Goes Hollywood in Amazon-Like Programming Push  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is going Hollywood with a cast including comedians Sarah Silverman and Seth Green …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Acquires Android Lockscreen App Cover, Moves Deeper Into Mobile Services  —  A very interesting acquisition announcement from Twitter today: it's buying Cover, an Android lockscreen app that lets you customise what apps you see and when.  For now, Cover will remain live in the Play store.
Max Chafkin / Fast Company:
The story of Better Place, Shai Agassi's failed electric car startup that raised nearly $1B  —  A Broken Place: The Spectacular Failure Of The Startup That Was Going To Change The World  —  “So this is the car.”  I'm standing outside a shopping mall somewhere in Tel Aviv, Israel, as Guy Pross shows me his ride.
More: Gigaom
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Supreme Court passes on NSA bulk phone surveillance case  —  Case will head to appeals court first, but will likely end up with the Supremes.  —  The Supreme Court declined Monday to resolve the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's bulk telephone metadata surveillance program …
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Jerk.com scammed money to remove Facebook-scraped profiles, says FTC  —  A typical Jerk.com profile, where visitors can vote on whether a particular person is or is not a jerk as well as fill in supplementary, personally identifying information.  —  As of Monday, the FTC has charged …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
StoreDot's Bio-Organic Battery Tech Can Charge From Flat To Full In 30 Seconds  —  Want to charge your phone from flat to full in 30 seconds?  Who doesn't.  But don't get too excited yet — Israeli startup StoreDot's bio-organic fast-charging battery tech, which utilizes quantum dot technology, is only a prototype right now.
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Seagate releases 6TB hard drive, its fastest yet  —  Seagate has released its first 6TB hard drive, saying that it was able to reach that capacity without using helium like rival Western Digital.  —  Seagate has released its first 6TB, enterprise-class hard disk drive …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Samsung expects Q1 operating profit of $8B, down 4.3 percent  —  South Korean electronics giant's guidance is largely in line with analyst predictions.  —  Samsung said Monday it expects to post a decline in first-quarter profit, on slackening demand for its high-end smartphones.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Raspberry Pi gets more Arduino-y with new open source modular hardware  —  The Raspberry Pi Compute Module, ready for your custom hardware soon.  —  Raspberry Pi Foundation  —  Soon, there could be Pi in just about any device that needs embedded computing power.
David Sirota / PandoDaily:
Documents show Gogo boasted of helping law enforcement agencies spy on in-flight wifi  —  We already know that there's almost nowhere on earth you can go to escape the warrantless snooping and panoptic surveillance of the US government.  Now it turns out you're not even safe 30,000 feet up in the sky.
Tweets: @csoghoian
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Google takes legal action against Turkey's YouTube ban  —  Remember how a Turkish court ordered an end to the country's YouTube ban?  Well, that decision has already been reversed — and Google has launched an all-out legal assault in response.  The search firm has filed a complaint …

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