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April 21, 2016, 8:55 PM

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Microsoft:
Earnings release FY16 Q3: commercial cloud annualized revenue run rate exceeds $10B  —  Earnings Release FY16 Q3 Microsoft Cloud Strength Highlights Third Quarter Results  —  Commercial cloud annualized revenue run rate exceeds $10.0 billion; Windows 10 active on over 270 million devices REDMOND …
Alphabet Investor Relations:
Alphabet Announces First Quarter 2016 Results  —  Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.  —  “Our Q1 results represent a tremendous start to the year with 17% revenue growth year on year and 23% growth on a constant currency basis.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Alphabet posts Q1 revenue of $20.26B on analyst expectations of $20.38B as cost-per-click continues to decrease, down 9% YoY  —  Alphabet slides 5% after missing earnings expectations on revenue of $20.3B  —  For a split second, Alphabet was the most valuable company in the world.
Bill Gurley / Above the Crowd:
How “dirty” term sheets protecting valuations will imperil founders, employees, and investors alike  —  On the Road to Recap:  —  Why the Unicorn Financing Market Just Became Dangerous...For All Involved  —  In February of last year, Fortune magazine writers Erin Griffith …
Dan Graziano / CNET:
Acer announces range of new devices including Switch Alpha 12 liquid-cooled 2-in-1 notebook, new gaming PCs, durable Chromebook 14 for Work, and more  —  Acer debuts new gaming PCs with VR support and a powerful 2-in-1 laptop  —  The company also showed off a new smartphone and fitness devices set to arrive later this year.
Julia Edwards / Reuters:
FBI paid over $1.3M to break into San Bernardino iPhone, the most the FBI has admitted to paying for a hacking technique  —  FBI paid more than $1.3 million to break into San Bernardino iPhone  —  Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Thursday the agency paid …
Facebook:
Facebook's News Feed starts prioritizing time spent on content, and reduces how often it shows posts in a row from the same source  —  News Feed FYI: More Articles You Want to Spend Time Viewing  —  As we work to improve News Feed, we make updates to help make sure you see the most relevant stories at the top.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Report: political infighting between Apple's iCloud and Siri teams is holding back development; Apple working on building its own internal cloud infrastructure  —  iCloud and Siri Teams at Odds as Apple Seeks to Move Cloud Services In-House  —  Apple's efforts to move its cloud infrastructure …
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Comcast announces Xfinity app will be available to subscribers directly through Roku devices and Samsung smart TVs, without requiring leasing of a set-top box  —  Comcast Fires Back at FCC by Making TV Service Available Without a Set-Top Box  —  Comcast's full TV lineup will be available on Roku, Samsung smart TVs for first time
Jamie Condliffe / Gizmodo:
Opera Now Has a Totally Free and Unlimited Built-In VPN  —  Dodging firewalls and masking your IP address usually requires firing up separate—often paid-for—software or plug-ins while you're browsing.  Now, though, Opera has its own free VPN baked right into the desktop browser.

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
At Zoho Recruit, We Take Workflows very Personnel-ly  —  Here's the thing about workflows.  They are very difficult to understand until you actually start working with them.  —  But, for recruiters …

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