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April 25, 2017, 12:30 PM

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Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Waymo to offer free rides in its self-driving minivans to residents of Phoenix, Arizona as part of an “early rider program”, available to users today  —  Major milestone for the Google spin-off  —  Starting today, residents of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area can sign up to go for a ride in a self-driving minivan.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
To combat fake news, Google allows users to report inappropriate search suggestions, aims to improve search quality with an emphasis on authoritative content  —  Google knows it has a search quality problem.  It's been plagued since November with concerns about fake news …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook tests displaying links to fact-checks beside stories inside Related Articles widget  —  Facebook wants you to think about whether a headline is true and see other perspectives on the topic before you even read the article.  In its next step against fake news, Facebook today begins testing …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
AV provider Webroot mistakenly flagged Windows system files as malware, bricking millions of managed PCs worldwide; company is working on a fix  —  Windows' system files were flagged as malicious, and Facebook was marked as a phishing site.  —  Tough day for anyone running Webroot antivirus.
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Filing shows Yahoo's Marissa Mayer is set to make $186M from Verizon deal, from stock options, restricted stock units, and shares  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo shareholders will vote June 8 on whether to sell the company's internet businesses to Verizon Communications for $4.48 billion.
John Voorhees / MacStories:
Apple announces it's reducing affiliate commissions on apps and in-app purchases from 7% to 2.5% starting May 1  —  Today, Apple announced that it is reducing the commissions it pays on apps and In-App Purchases from 7% to 2.5% effective May 1st.  The iTunes Affiliate Program pays a commission …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: data management startup Rubrik is raising up to $200M at a $1B valuation led by IVP  —  Make way for another juggernaut amongst enterprise startups: Rubrik, a data backup company that only emerged from stealth in 2015, is in the process of raising between $150 million and $200 million …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune, a crowdfunded news site that will use journalists to write and volunteers to fact check in effort to combat fake news  —  The crowd-funded news platform aims to combat fake news by combining professional journalism with volunteer fact checking: “news by the people and for the people.”
Matthew Hughes / The Next Web:
Atlassian's messaging platform HipChat was hacked over the weekend, potentially exposing names, email addresses, and hashed passwords  —  Over the weekend, an unknown intruder broke into HipChat, the Atlassian-owned team communication platform, and made off with a significant amount of data.
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:
Google adding TV ad inventory to DoubleClick Bid Manager, letting advertisers measure video campaigns across digital media and linear TV  —  In a new test, advertisers will be able to buy linear TV spots programmatically via DBM.  —  To allow advertisers to buy and compare video ad performance …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
T-Mobile reports net income of $698M, up 46% YoY, and says it gained 914K post-paid customers in Q1, amid Verizon's loss of 289K post-paid customers  —  The carrier's move to eliminate all options except for its T-Mobile One unlimited data plan didn't slow its momentum down.

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