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May 13, 2015, 4:50 AM

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Michael Reckhow / Facebook Media:
Facebook launches Instant Articles on iPhone, with interactive features like videos and maps, names NYT, BuzzFeed, Guardian, and six other partners  —  Introducing Instant Articles  —  As more people get their news on mobile devices, we want to make the experience faster and richer on Facebook.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Facebook's Instant Articles, which can provide 100% ad revenue and analytics data, add up to a good deal to publishers, at least for now  —  Facebook Starts Publishing the New York Times, BuzzFeed and More With Its ‘Instant Articles’ Program  —  Hey Web publishers!  Facebook is coming in peace.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Facebook Instant Articles: A Slippery Slope For Google To Do The Same, Hurting The Web?  —  Today, Facebook announced Instant Articles, a way for publishers to post stories directly on Facebook.  We've known this would be coming, and there's been some debate over whether it's good or bad.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Sources: AOL in talks to spin off HuffPost, primarily with Axel Springer, at a valuation over $1B  —  AOL Has Been in Talks to Spin Off HuffPost as Part of Verizon Acquisition Deal  —  According to numerous sources, while it has been negotiating its deal to sell to Verizon …
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Crispin Cowan / Microsoft Edge Dev Blog:
Microsoft Edge will not support VML, VB Script, Toolbars, BHOs, or ActiveX to improve security  —  Microsoft Edge: Building a safer browser  —  With Microsoft Edge, we want to fundamentally improve security over existing browsers and enable users to confidently experience the web from Windows.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google debuts its first Apple Watch app with update to Google News & Weather for iOS  —  Google Debuts Its First Apple Watch App With “Google News & Weather”  —  The Apple Watch already had a healthy ecosystem of third-party applications when the smartwatch debuted in April …
Asif S. / SamMobile:
Samsung's Gear SDK reveals design, UI, and specifications for Gear A, codenamed Orbis, with rotating bezel to help navigate software  —  Samsung's Gear SDK reveals Orbis design, UI, and specifications  —  Earlier today, Samsung released next-generation Gear smartwatch SDK to developers.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Android One, Google's program to bring quality low-cost smartphones to developing markets, debuts in Europe with a decent $260 device available in Turkey  —  Android One launches in Europe with a decent and affordable smartphone  —  Today Google announced that it has officially expanded Android One to Turkey.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Lily is a drone that autonomously follows you with the aid of a pocketable GPS device, on sale for $499, will retail next month at $899  —  To use this drone, just throw it in the air and start running  —  The consumer drone industry is increasingly positioning itself as a maker of flying cameras, not autonomous robots.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
BitTorrent's encrypted P2P chat app Bleep launches publicly for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac with new whisper option that deletes messages after 25 seconds  —  BitTorrent's encrypted P2P chat app Bleep launches publicly for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac  —  BitTorrent today launched its encrypted P2P chat app Bleep.
Stephanie Sawler / Skype Blogs:
Skype Translator Preview now available to all Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users  —  Skype Translator Preview Access Just Got Easier!  —  Skype's mission is to bring people together from all over the world, and with Skype Translator we are breaking down language barriers that have historically …

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