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April 28, 2017, 3:55 PM

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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
NSA is stopping warrantless surveillance program in which it collects Americans' emails and texts to and from people overseas  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency is stopping one of the most disputed forms of its warrantless surveillance program in which it collects Americans' emails …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Google and Facebook were victims of a $100M phishing scam by a Lithuanian man arrested in March 2017; both companies say they have recouped the funds  —  When the Justice Department announced the arrest last month of a man who allegedly swindled more than $100 million from two U.S. tech giants, the news came wrapped in a mystery.
Anya George Tharakan / Reuters:
Qualcomm lowers revenue and profit forecasts for the current quarter as Apple withholds royalty payments until the legal dispute between companies is resolved  —  Qualcomm Inc slashed its current-quarter profit and revenue forecasts on Friday, amid an escalating legal battle between the chipmaker and Apple Inc.
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:
Uber now lets users delete accounts without contacting support, adds new privacy features for notifications, location sharing  —  Uber announced today that it will make it easier for users to delete their accounts and access their privacy settings.  Now, the company will let users delete …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Surface revenues lower than expected due to both lack of product refresh and competition from its OEM partners  —  Microsoft's Surface revenues came in lower than expected in the company's third fiscal 2017 quarter due to both lack of product refresh and competition from the company's PC-maker partners.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:
Didi Chuxing raises $5.5B to expand beyond China; the round is the largest ever for a tech company and makes Didi the world's most valuable startup after Uber  —  Didi said to raise money from SoftBank, Silver Lake and others  —  Didi is said to have become most valuable startup in Asia
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Bloomberg:
Apple's self-driving Lexus seen in Silicon Valley with 64-channel lidar, at least two radars and a series of cameras  —  Almost two weeks after Apple Inc. secured permission to test its autonomous-car technology in California, the first images of the vehicle have emerged from Silicon Valley roads.
John Callaham / Android Authority:
Google says Pixel and Pixel XL are not guaranteed to receive Android OS updates after October 2018 or security updates beyond October 2019  —  As the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.”  For owners of Google's Pixel and Pixel XL phones, the end for their Android and security updates won't be for a while, thankfully.

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