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April 27, 2017, 4:55 PM

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Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Sources: Apple in talks to introduce person-to-person payment service, which may be announced later this year, and plans to offer prepaid Visa debit cards  —  Could the money-transfer service be called Apple Cash, perhaps?  —  Apple's on-again, off-again flirtation with building its own money-transfer service appears to be back on.
Alphabet Investor Relations:
Alphabet reports strong Q1 results with $24.75B revenue, up 21.6% YoY, and $6.57B in profit; Other Bets lost $802M on $166M in revenue; stock up 4%+  —  Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.
Microsoft:
Microsoft reports Q3 2017 revenue of $22.1B as its Intelligent Cloud business hits $6.8B, driven by 93% YoY growth of Azure; Surface revenue down 26% YoY  —  REDMOND, Wash. — April 27, 2017 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017:
Siddharth Parwatay / Digit:
Acer announces range of new devices including Predator Triton 700 ultra-thin gaming laptop, Switch 2-in-1 detachables with liquid cooling, more  —  Read the complete press release below  —  Acer today introduced its full 2017 back-to-school product lineup at the next@acer global press event in New York …
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Facebook identifies efforts to falsely amplify content and sentiment using fake accounts, as seen in US election, improves detection using patterns of activity  —  Facebook Inc (FB.O) acknowledged on Thursday that it has become a battleground for governments seeking to manipulate public opinion …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google debuts Google Assistant SDK in preview, letting developers run Assistant on their own hardware  —  Build your own Google Home out of whatever you want.  —  Today Google is launching yet another Google Assistant feature: The Google Assistant SDK.  This will allow developers to run …
Bloomberg:
Jimmy Iovine says Apple will introduce a new version of Apple Music that better showcases video alongside the next version of iOS  —  The company wants to turn its music app into a one-stop shop for pop culture.  —  Subscribe Reprints  —  Will.i.am was shopping a reality show to TV networks …
Chris Morris / CNBC:
Nintendo has sold 2.74M Switch units since it went on sale in March, more than Wii U sold in its first year, and 2.76M copies of Zelda: Breath of the Wild  —  - Those sales figures are 20 percent of what the last console — the Wii U — has sold in four and a half years.  —  Nintendo's back in the game.
Biz Carson / Business Insider:
Memo: Anthony Levandowski to step aside from leading Uber's self-driving group during Waymo lawsuit, will remain at the firm, to be replaced by Eric Meyhofer  —  Anthony Levandowski, the head of Uber's self-driving group, is stepping aside in face of accusations of theft from his former employer, Waymo.
Barak Turovsky / Official Google India Blog:

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