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April 13, 2017, 11:00 AM

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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Yext starts trading at $14 per share, up 27% from IPO price  —  Yext, a 10-year-old enterprise tech business that manages “digital knowledge” — mmmkay! — started trading this morning on the New York Stock Exchange at $14 per share, up by more than 27 percent from its IPO price of $11 per share.
More: CNBC, MarketWatch, and Seeking AlphaTweets: @harrisonweber
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 …
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.
Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch:
Yelp Eat24 partners with robotics startup Marble for new autonomous robot food delivery in two San Francisco neighborhoods  —  Rules governing the use of food delivery robots remain to be seen across the US.  But major food businesses are investigating the possibilities already.

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