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April 22, 2016, 8:40 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Q3: Surface-related revenue up 61% YoY to $1.1B; Lumia sales fall 73% to 2.3M devices; Windows OEM revenue outperforms rest of PC market but falls 2%  —  Microsoft's Q3 2016: Surface up and Windows Phone down again  —  Microsoft has published its Q3 fiscal 2016 earnings report …
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New York Times:
Chinese regulator shut down iBooks Store and iTunes Movies in China last week say sources; Apple working on making them available again soon  —  Apple No Longer Immune to China's Scrutiny of U.S. Tech Firms  —  For years, there has been a limit to the success of American technology companies in China.
New York Times:
Uber reaches settlement in class-action suit in CA and MA; drivers in those states to remain independent contractors; firm to pay drivers as much as $100M  —  Uber Settles Cases With Concessions, but Drivers Stay Freelancers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Uber has long been embroiled in a debate …
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 …
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.
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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.
J.M. Porup / Ars Technica:
UK intel agencies spy indiscriminately on millions of innocent folks  —  The UK's intelligence agencies (MI5, MI6, and GCHQ) are spying on everything you do, and with only the flimsiest of safeguards in place to prevent abuse, according to more than a thousand pages of documents published today …
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.

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