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April 8, 2016, 9:55 AM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Messenger hits 900M MAUs, adds short URLs and Snapchat-like scannable codes for starting conversations with businesses and individuals  —  Facebook pushes businesses to Messenger with new tools for Pages, including Snapchat-like scannable codes  —  A day after people started noticing Facebook …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook adds video search to combat original content sharing decline  —  Facebook is desperate to get you to watch original videos.  They're all over the feed, yesterday it launched a dedicated video browsing hub, and now it's announcing a video search engine.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft Edge to auto-pause Flash content that is not central to a page with Windows 10 update this summer  —  Microsoft to change how Windows 10's Edge browser handles Flash content  —  Microsoft will give users more control over Flash content in its Edge browser for Windows 10 when it delivers the Anniversary update this summer.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Verizon plans to make bid for Yahoo's core business; Google is also considering a bid  —  Verizon to Proceed With Yahoo Bid, Google Weighs Offer  —  Verizon Communications Inc. plans to make a first-round bid for Yahoo Inc.'s Web business next week, and is willing to acquire …
Office Blogs:
Outlook iOS and Android apps now integrate events and tasks from Wunderlist, Facebook, and Evernote  —  Introducing Wunderlist, Facebook and Evernote in Outlook on iOS and Android  —  The Outlook team is passionate about making your life easier by helping you manage and make the most of your time.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Open Whisper Systems' Signal Desktop messaging system now available to all, no longer invite-only  —  Now's your chance to try Signal's desktop Chrome app  —  The desktop version of Edward Snowden's favored end-to-end messaging system, Signal, is now available to anyone who wants to check it out.
Shannon Bond / Financial Times:
Publishers of 1200+ newspapers send cease and desist letter to makers of Brave browser, claiming its plan to block and replace ads is illegal  —  US newspapers raise alarm over new ad-blocker Brave  —  US newspapers including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal …
CNNMoney:
FBI director James Comey says the 3rd-party tool the FBI bought and used to unlock San Bernardino shooter's iPhone does not work with iPhone 5s or later  —  FBI director: We bought ‘a tool’ to hack terrorist's iPhone  —  FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that the government had purchased …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
How tech companies are using poets, novelists, playwrights, and TV writers to engineer the personalities of AI virtual assistants  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Until recently, Robyn Ewing was a writer in Hollywood, developing TV scripts and pitching pilots to film studios.

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