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May 28, 2015, 4:20 PM

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Official Android Blog:
Google announces Android Pay, will allow users to pay in over 1000 apps and at 700K US stores  —  Pay your way with Android  —  Credit cards, debit cards, loyalty cards, cash, coins.  Forget fumbling through your wallet next time you're in a store—what if you could pay with just a tap?
Ross Miller / The Verge:
Google announces Brillo, a cut-down Android-based OS for the Internet of Things, and Weave, a communications layer for those devices  —  Google announces Brillo, an operating system for the Internet of Things  —  Google is rejoining the Internet of Things platform wars.
Anil Sabharwal / The Official Google Blog:
Google Photos launching today on Android, iOS, and web with unlimited storage to help you organize and share photos and videos for free  —  Picture this: A fresh approach to Photos  —  Every second of every day, people around the world are capturing their memories through photos and videos.
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
Google+ head Bradley Horowitz: Google Photos is like Gmail for your images  —  Bradley Horowitz Says That Google Photos is Gmail for Your Images.  And That Google Plus Is Not Dead.  —  An interview with Google's head of Streams, Photos and Sharing  —  To Bradley Horowitz, Google Photos is not just another product.
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Kyle Russell / TechCrunch:
Google Brings Turn-By-Turn Directions To Offline Maps  —  Google just announced that turn-by-turn directions will soon be accessible from Maps even when you don't have a data connection.  —  Rounding out a series of announcements about improvements to the offline experience of its major mobile apps …
Tricia Duryee / GeekWire:
Amazon launches free same-day delivery for Prime members in 500 US cities for orders above $35  —  Amazon launches free same-day delivery for Prime members in 500 U.S. cities, including Seattle … Amazon is launching free same-day delivery today for more than one million items across …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Opens Inbox To All, Adds Smart Reminders, Trip Bundles, Undo Send And More  —  Google today announced that Inbox, the Gmail-based mobile email client the company launched late last year, is now open to all.  Until today, you still needed an invitation to use the service, though invites have long been pretty easy to come by.
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Avago Agrees to Buy Broadcom for $37 Billion  —  Deal marks latest acquisition in busy semiconductor space  —  Chip maker Avago Technologies Ltd. agreed to buy rival Broadcom Corp. for $37 billion in cash and stock, the latest in a wave of deals for the companies that supply parts to power smartphones, tablets and other gadgets.
Natt Garun / The Next Web:
Shazam can now scan physical objects for augmented reality and exclusive video content  —  As Shazam teased earlier this year at CES, the company is planning to expand beyond its music recognition technology and into the visual space.  Today, the company officially launched “Visual Shazam …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Store app gains Postmates integration, provides same-day delivery, live tracking of some products in select locations  —  Apple Store App Gains Postmates Integration With Same-Day Delivery  —  Apple is now offering same-day delivery of certain products in its Apple Store app, through a partnership with Postmates.
Chris Frates / CNN:
Sources: IRS believes massive data theft originated in Russia  —  U.S. Postal Service reports huge breach 01:37  —  Washington (CNN)The IRS believes that a major cyber breach that allowed criminals to steal the tax returns of more than 100,000 people originated in Russia, two sources briefed on the data theft tell CNN.
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Sources: Postmates is raising over $50M at $400M valuation  —  The Information Fundraising Briefing  —  Postmates, which primarily delivers food from restaurants like Starbucks and Chipotle, is raising more than $50 million at a roughly $400 million valuation, which has essentially doubled since …
Microsoft:
Challenge for Change winners were inspired by heartache — and hope  —  Ten grand prize winners have been annnounced in Microsoft YouthSpark's Challenge for Change, a global contest that helps young people turn the causes close to theirs hearts into tangible ways to do good in the world.
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
HBO Now is coming to Android and Chromecast this summer  —  That Apple-exclusive streaming window is ending — Google exec Sundar Pichai just announced that HBO Now is coming to Android too.  Whether you use Android, iOS or a web browser, Google Cast support is coming too …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Google faces challenges with Android as ad revenues lag behind iOS and as vendors like Xiaomi compete with its moneymaking apps for mail, messaging  —  A Murky Road Ahead for Android, Despite Market Dominance  —  In 2005, Google bought a tiny mobile software company named Android …

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