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April 29, 2016, 5:45 PM

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Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wall Street Journal:
Uber tests wait-time fees and a shorter cancellation window in NYC, New Jersey, Dallas, and Phoenix, in response to driver complaints  —  Uber Tests New Rider Rules: Two Minutes to Cancel or Show Up...or Else  —  Pilot program to allow charges for customers making drivers wait or canceling rides late, addressing complaints
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Rovi buys TiVo for $1.1B at $10.70 per share, will adopt TiVo brand as new company name  —  Rovi Buys TiVo for $1.1 Billion  —  Entertainment technology firm values original DVR company at $10.70 per share  —  Entertainment technology company Rovi has purchased original DVR service TiVo for $1.1 billion, or $10.70 per share.
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
Microsoft has launched an IFTTT-like automation tool called Flow  —  LEAKED: Microsoft is working on a new tool to help automate your life  —  Meet Microsoft Flow: A free way to connect all of your cloud services — including Slack, GitHub, Twitter, and Google Drive — together in new and novel ways.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
New Google Trips app is a smart assistant for your vacations, currently in beta testing  —  One of Inbox's most convenient features are Travel bundles that organize reservations and other related emails in an easy to read manner.  Google is now testing (via Androidworld) …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Snapchat strikes a non-exclusive deal with NBC to show Olympics highlights in US via live stories and Discover channel curated by BuzzFeed  —  Snapchat Scores Unprecedented Deal With NBC to Showcase Olympics  —  Companies to share revenue from ads paired with content
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
Supreme Court approves change that will allow US judges to issue search warrants for computers located in any jurisdiction  —  U.S. high court approves rule change to expand FBI hacking power  —  The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would allow U.S. judges …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
ITC judge rules that Jawbone patents in its case against Fitbit are invalid  —  Fitbit Wins Ruling Knocking Out Jawbone Patents at Trade Agency  —  Fitbit Inc. won a ruling that invalidated the last of the Jawbone Inc. patents that were the subject of a dispute at the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter quietly retires Magic Recs, a DM bot that recommended viral accounts and Tweets  —  As Twitter tries out bigger things to spur growth activity — like changing the orderandlengthof tweets — it is turning away from others.  Twitter has quietly retired Magic Recs …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
IBM raises its blockchain game with secure cloud services and Docker integration  —  Bitcoin may still be the most famous application of blockchain technology, but the distributed, encrypted database architecture is now being applied to a range of other services, from different kinds of …
Li Yuan / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: China considers acquiring 1% stakes, taking board seats in country's major internet companies like Tencent and Baidu  —  China Wants to Own Small Stake in Web Firms  —  Chinese proposal calls for state to take 1% stakes in firms  —  The Chinese government's control over the Internet …

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