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Here’s what’s going on in tech on Thursday…

-Leave it to Uber to create a secret program called “Hell”. It was a software program to track Lyft drivers.

–We’ve got an IPO today! New York-based Yext priced its 10.5 million shares at $11 each, which was above the anticipated range of $8 to $10 a piece. The company does “knowledge engine” technology that helps local businesses sync their data across services like Yelp. In early trading, Yext shares rose more than 26 percent to almost $14 a share.

 –Tesla’s Elon Musk tells some disgruntled shareholders they should “buy Ford” after they send a letter to Tesla asking for two new independent directors on the company board. Letter writers include CALSTRS, the California state teachers retirement pension operator.
–Amazon is making the voice technology behind its Echo device available to third-party developers.

–Here come our robot overlords. Yelp’s Eat24 partners with Marble to test food delivery by robots in select San Francisco neighborhoods.

–Sales of Samsung’s new iPhone rival, the Galaxy S8, are said to be “explosive”…In a good way, of course.

 –Facebook seeks to drum up some attention ahead of its developers conference next week by saying its Messenger feature now has 1.2 billion monthly active users.
Photo: A vehicle with both Lyft and Uber windshield decals is parked Monday afternoon Dec. 14, 2015, near Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

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