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April 13, 2017, 5:35 PM

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Instagram says Stories has 200M daily active users, passing 161M DAUs Snapchat reported in S1; update today brings selfie stickers, pinning stickers to videos  —  Instagram is seeing continued growth in the number of people using its Snapchat Stories-like feature.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC's 600MHz spectrum band auction results: T-Mobile will pay $7.99B for what it says is 31MHz of spectrum nationwide, Dish to pay $6.2B, Comcast to pay $1.7B  —  Dish, Comcast, and US Cellular also bought plenty of 600MHz spectrum.  —  T-Mobile USA was the biggest winner in an auction …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google adds “Style Ideas” feature in Image Search for mobile web and Android to show more fashion possibilities, using algorithms and authoritative sites  —  Google is not taking Pinterest's search ambitions lying down.  The company recently launched a “Similar Items” …
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 …
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Uber now allows riders who want extra privacy to input an intersection instead of an address as a drop-off or pickup location  —  Uber changed its app Thursday to allow riders to enter an intersection instead of an address as a drop-off or pickup location.  That way, customers can give …
Napier Lopez / The Next Web:
Slack now lets you change your status to a custom message with an emoji  —  Sometimes you need to step away from Slack, whether to pick up a phone call, head to a meeting, or you just need a break.  Unfortunately, that will often lead to your coworkers frantically trying to find you …
Christina Farr / CNBC:
Sources: Apple has been conducting feasibility trials at clinical sites across the Bay Area for noninvasive and continuous blood sugar level monitoring tech  —  - Apple has a secret group of biomedical engineers developing sensors to monitor blood sugar levels, sources tell CNBC
Jose Otero / IGN:
Nintendo discontinues the NES Classic Edition, which launched to high demand in November 2016  —  After terrible supply issues, Nintendo's plug and play NES gets a shorter than expected run at retailers.  —  Nintendo will discontinue the Nintendo Entertainment System …
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Amazon opens up Alexa's 7-Mic voice processing technology to hardware makers for free on an invite-only basis  —  Amazon's digital assistant Alexa might show up in a lot of new devices soon.  —  That's because the online retail giant has decided to open up what amounts to Alexa's ears …
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Microsoft unveils Steam-like refund system for Xbox One and Windows 10 games and apps with a 14-day return window  —  Refunds are already live for many users, come with 14-day window, Steam-like caveats.  —  Xbox One is officially the first video game console to support digital purchase refunds by default.

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