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April 7, 2017, 10:55 PM

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google adds fact checking information to search results and Google News worldwide  —  Last October, Google launched support to highlight fact-checking articles within Google News in the US and the UK.  Now those articles will get special presentation as part of general Google searches worldwide.
Walt Mossberg / The Verge:
Walt Mossberg is retiring in June, shortly after the 2017 Code Conference, ending a 47-year career at publications including the WSJ, Recode, and The Verge  —  Thanks for reading, watching, listening  —  It was a June day when I began my career as a national journalist.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers uncover BrickerBot-powered botnet attacks that are designed to brick poorly secured Linux-based routers and other IoT devices  —  Ongoing “BrickerBot” attacks might be trying to kill devices before they can join a botnet.  —  Researchers have uncovered a rash of ongoing attacks designed …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Department of Homeland Security has withdrawn its order to unmask @ALT_uscis Twitter account that criticized Trump, prompting Twitter to drop its lawsuit  —  Just one day after being sued in federal court, Homeland Security has withdrawn its order to unmask the @Alt_USCIS account …
Biz Carson / Business Insider:
Uber responds to Waymo's lawsuit in a court filing, says it never received the documents Levandowski downloaded from Waymo, has different Lidar design, more  —  Uber has said from the beginning that Google's claims of intellectual-property theft involving self-driving-car technology are “meritless.”
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Twitch is asking Canadian court to force PayPal, CloudFlare, others to hand over identifying info of spambot creator  —  PayPal, CloudFlare, Shaw, and Whois “are involved” in attacks, Twitch claims.  —  Amazon-owned video streaming site Twitch is taking a scorched-earth approach in a bid …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Kara Swisher / Recode:
TaskRabbit exploring a sale after the firm received inbound interest from a strategic buyer, CEO confirms; sources say there is more than one interested buyer  —  The gig economy startup has hired advisers after a possible purchaser surfaced during a recent funding process.
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