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April 1, 2016, 12:25 PM

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Google reverses Gmail April 1 prank after users mistakenly put GIFs into important emails  —  Google has reversed one of its April Fools' Day pranks after it caused a number Gmail users to unwittingly insert GIFs into business emails and other important communications.
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
Reddit deletes surveillance ‘warrant canary’ in transparency report  —  Social networking forum reddit on Thursday removed a section from its site used to tacitly inform users it had never received a certain type of U.S. government surveillance request, suggesting the platform is now being asked …
iFixit:
iFixit teardown finds iPhone SE and iPhone 5S screens are interchangeable, but SE battery connector differs from 5s  —  iPhone SE Teardown  —  Teardown  —  Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.  —  In Progress  —  This guide is a work in progress.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
BlackBerry Q4 misses expectations with 600K phones sold, $238M loss on revenue of $464M  —  Not even Google's Android can pull BlackBerry out of its tailspin … BlackBerry
Adam Ewing / Bloomberg Business:
Jay Z seeks compensation in his $56M Tidal purchase from Schibsted ASA, claiming subscriber numbers were inflated  —  Jay Z Says Firm That Sold Him Tidal Inflated Subscriber Numbers  —  Hip hop mogul says he wants some of his $56 million back  —  A year after acquisition, Tidal still trails Spotify, Apple
Ian Paul / PCWorld:
100K batteries from nearly 40 Toshiba laptop models recalled after faulty units overheat and melt  —  Major Toshiba laptop battery recall issued after faulty units overheat and literally melt  —  If you bought a Toshiba laptop between 2011 and 2016 you might have a faulty battery pack eligible for a free replacement.
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:
Slack just raised another $200 million round, and it's now worth $3.8 billion  —  Slack just confirmed that it's raised $200 million at a $3.8 billion valuation, confirming what Business Insider had previously reported.  —  The new round was led by Thrive Capital with participation by GGV …
More: Fortune and VentureBeat
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
FCC votes 3-2 to expand Lifeline program to give low-income Americans $9.25/month subsidy for broadband  —  America's poor can now get cheaper Internet access  —  Federal regulators have approved a historic expansion of subsidies for the poor, fleshing out for the first time a set …
Kia Kokalitcheva / Fortune:
Sidecar co-founder Jahan Khanna leaves General Motors and is joining Uber as the product lead of the Vehicle Solutions growth team  —  Exclusive: Sidecar Co-founder Leaves General Motors for Uber  —  In February, General Motors acquired the assets and talent behind ride-hailing startup Sidecar to help it develop its own car service.
Adam Conner-Simons / MIT News:
MIT paper presents tech that lets a single Wi-Fi access point locate users to within decimeters, allowing room occupancy detection, Wi-Fi geofencing  —  Wireless tech means safer drones, smarter homes and password-free WiFi  —  System from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence …

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