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April 12, 2017, 10:20 PM

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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Li Tao / South China Morning Post:
Huawei's CEO Eric Xu Zhijun questions the future of smartwatches, says even though the company has released two watches to date he will never use one  —  It turns out even people at the very cutting edge of technical innovation are entitled to a “technophobe” moment.
Scott Rosenberg / Backchannel:
A look at how 15-year-old Google Book Search has shrunk in ambition and scope, after prolonged legal battles  —  Google Books was the company's first moonshot.  But 15 years later, the project is stuck in low-Earth orbit.  —  Books can do anything.  As Franz Kafka once said, “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.”

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IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
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Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
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