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April 13, 2017, 8:00 AM

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
New Burger King ad for prime time TV aims to trigger Google Home by asking “OK Google, what is the Whopper burger?”; Google intervenes to stop Home responding  —  Oh no, Google  —  Burger King is unveiling a horrible, genius, infuriating, hilarious, and maybe very poorly thought …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Google launches a hub for WebVR content and adds support for its Cardboard headset  —  Today, Google made some WebVR updates to Chrome, adding support for Cardboard while also building a home for all of its online VR web content.  —  WebVR Experiments is a bit of a storefront for online VR experiences …
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Sources: secret Uber program “Hell” created fake Lyft rider accounts to track Lyft driver locations, and identified individual drivers using Lyft vulnerability  —  As the ride-sharing market was exploding in the U.S. between 2014 and the early part 2016, Uber had an advantage …
Vikas SN / The Economic Times:
Google launches food delivery and home services app called Areo in India, currently operational in Bengaluru and Mumbai  —  Areo aggregates food dishes and home services across various local service providers, allowing users to order food or schedule appointments with a local beautician …
Todd Haselton / CNBC:
BlackBerry awarded a preliminary $815M in arbitration dispute with Qualcomm over royalty payments, with final award to be determined on May 30; stock up 15%+  —  BlackBerry said Wednesday it has been awarded a preliminary $814.9 million in royalty overpayments made to Qualcomm.
Tony Romm / Recode:
Internet Association, which represents Google, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, and others, tells FCC chairman Ajit Pai to keep Obama-era net neutrality rules  —  The D.C. lobbying group for Facebook, Google and others tells FCC Chairman Ajit Pai they have their doubts.
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
Microsoft announces an event on May 2 in New York City; sources say the focus will be on education and creativity, with new high-end Surface devices unlikely  —  It's official: Microsoft is holding a big Windows event in New York City on May 2nd.  This event was first reported by Mary Jo Foley at ZDnet …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says Messenger now has 1.2B MAUs, up from 1B in July 2016 and 900M in April 2016  —  Normally adding 200 million users in 8 months to a product that already has a billion would reduce the average engagement, but most apps don't have Facebook Messenger's network effect.
Brian Fagioli / BetaNews:
Mark Shuttleworth to take over as Canonical CEO in July as current CEO Jane Silber announces her departure and move to board of directors  —  Ubuntu is in a very weird and uncertain place right now.  If you have been following the Linux distribution lately, you would know that Canonical dropped …
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
Spotify Apple Watch companion app in the works as Spotify collaborates with third-party developer Snowy  —  Over the past few months, users on Reddit have been voicing excitement for a new app being developed and beta tested that would finally bring Spotify onto the Apple Watch.
Robert Safian / Fast Company:
Wide ranging interview with Mark Zuckerberg about his 2017 open letter, Facebook's mission, global culture, the spread of misinformation, more  —  In a candid, wide-ranging interview, the CEO shares thoughts on where his company is headed.  —  When Fast Company first wrote about Mark Zuckerberg …

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