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April 25, 2017, 3:30 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:
Google allows users to report offensive autocomplete suggestions and Featured Snippets, will show more authoritative content for obscure and infrequent queries  —  Google knows it has a search quality problem.  It's been plagued since November with concerns about fake news …
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.
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.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Inside Zuckerberg's and Facebook's evolving approach to misinformation and filter bubbles, now that the issues have been more openly acknowledged  —  Mark Zuckerberg now acknowledges the dangerous side of the social revolution he helped to start.  But is the most powerful tool for connection …
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: Volkswagen-backed Gett in talks to buy Juno for ~$250M as Uber rivals consolidate; one source says the talks are at an advanced stage  —  As Uber continues to work through its many layers of turmoil as a business, its smaller rivals are seizing the moment and consolidating to double …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google and Intertrust debut PatentShield, which takes equity in return for helping startups defend against patent litigation by using their large IP portfolios  —  Google and Intertrust today announced the launch of PatentShield, a new program that aims to help defend startups from patent litigation …
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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.”

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