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April 30, 2016, 2:00 AM

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Sundar Pichai / Official Google Blog:
Sundar Pichai lays out priorities for Google in his first Founders' Letter, with machine learning and AI playing a key role  —  This year's Founders' Letter  —  Every year, Larry and Sergey write a Founders' Letter to our stockholders updating them with some of our recent highlights and sharing our vision for the future.
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
AnandTech:
Intel's Changing Future: Smartphone SoCs Broxton & SoFIA Officially Cancelled  —  The past two weeks have been a busy - if not tumultuous - period for Intel.  Driven by continued challenges in various semiconductor markets, culminating in weaker-than-desired earnings in the most recent quarter …
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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) …
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.
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 …
Grant Gross / PCWorld:
TV stations agree to sell 126MHz of spectrum in FCC auction, paving the way for fast, reliable 5G  —  FCC wireless auction hits spectrum target, paving way for fast, reliable 5G  —  Television stations have volunteered to sell off 126MHz of “beach front” wireless spectrum to mobile carriers …

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