On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s on the Friday menu.

Android wins because mobile rules? Google to fold Chrome OS into Android, according to Wall Street Journal sources. But Google executive who heads Android and Chrome seemed to say on Twitter it ain’t so.

Apple’s secrecy is reportedly hurting its artificial-intelligence efforts. (Although how can anyone outside the company really know?)

Remember the JOBS Act? The SEC has voted to open up startup investing to all, with limits according to income levels.

Australian court rules Google search’s links and auto-complete defamed woman.

Outspoken tech investor Chris Sacca is guest sharking on “Shark Tank.”

New report on Internet freedom: China ranks last. (NYT. Report.)

Self-driving cars have a higher crash rate than regular cars so far (per million miles traveled), according to a new University of Michigan study. But it wasn’t the automated vehicles’ fault.

Spotify who? Akon, a hip-hop artist, to bypass the middleman by releasing albums on “Stadium,” his own app.

 

Photo: An Android mascot stands at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

 
 

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