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April 15, 2016, 6:00 AM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: New Apple team led by former iAd head Todd Teresi explores Google-like paid search model for App Store  —  Apple Pursues New Search Features for a Crowded App Store  —  Company explores adding Google-like ‘paid search’ feature  —  Effort follows last year's App Store leadership change
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Apple stops patching QuickTime for Windows despite 2 active vulnerabilities  —  If your Windows computer is running Apple's QuickTime media player, now would be a good time to uninstall it.  —  The Windows app hasn't received an update since January, and security researchers from Trend Micro …
Sarah McBride / Reuters:
Microsoft files lawsuit against US Department of Justice for the right to tell customers about government requests for their data  —  Microsoft sues U.S. government over data requests  —  Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency …
Brad Smith / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: keep secrecy the exception, not the rule; DOJ should adopt new limits, or Congress should amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act  —  Keeping secrecy the exception, not the rule: An issue for both consumers and businesses  —  This morning we filed a new lawsuit …
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
Apple to End iTunes Allowances on May 25  —  Apple has announced that it will be ending support for iTunes Allowances, a feature of the service that allowed parents to automatically place money into a child's iTunes account on a monthly basis.  As of April 13, users can no longer create …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Updated Apple webpage suggests company will rebrand OS X to MacOS, possibly as early as WWDC  —  Apple hints at future ‘MacOS’ name change on new environmental webpage  —  Earlier today, Apple unveiled the beginnings of its efforts for Earth Day 2016, and with it came an updated webpage …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram launches personalized video feed and themed channels in Explore  —  Instagram wants to show you the best videos without completely destroying the sanctity of your main feed, so today it overhauled the Explore page with a slew of new video channels.
VICE News:
Court documents reveal Canadian police have had BlackBerry's global encryption key since 2010  —  Exclusive: Canadian Police Obtained BlackBerry's Global Decryption Key  —  A high-level surveillance probe of Montreal's criminal underworld shows that Canada's federal policing agency …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft kicks off back-to-school wave with new Windows 10, Office 365 Education apps, services  —  Microsoft plans to bundle new education-focused apps into Windows 10 Anniversary update, and is readying new Office 365 and MineCraft updates aimed specifically at the academic market.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
TaskRabbit names current COO and former Google executive Stacy Brown-Philpot as CEO; she replaces founder Leah Busque, who becomes executive chairwoman  —  Brown-Philpot Tapped as New TaskRabbit CEO  —  Stacy Brown-Philpot, the COO of TaskRabbit, has been named CEO of the San Francisco-based errand and personal services platform.
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
Shuddle, an Uber-style service for kids, is shutting down after failing to raise more money and exhausting its $12.2M earlier funding  —  Shuddle ‘Uber for kids’ service reaches end of road  —  San Francisco's Shuddle, a pioneering ride service for kids, is going out of business this week …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
GoPro announces developer program to let third parties create mobile apps, accessories, and mounts for GoPro products with over 100+ firms already signed up  —  GoPro is partnering with over 100 companies to put its cameras everywhere  —  GoPro has announced the launch of its new developer program …

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