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May 13, 2015, 8:30 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.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Tim Armstrong says AOL to remain in content business, denies spin-off of Huffington Post, says TechCrunch won't be sold and will retain editorial independence  —  CEO Tim Armstrong Says AOL Is Staying In The Content Business (And He's Not Selling TechCrunch)  —  It was an interesting day at AOL.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
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.
Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
Domino's to begin taking pizza orders via Twitter beginning May 20 in the US; frequent customers can order using only the pizza emoji  —  Domino's to roll out tweet-a-pizza  —  Ordering a pizza is about to get as simple as a tweet.  —  Beginning May 20, Domino's, the pizza delivery behemoth …
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.
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Warrantless airport seizure of laptop “cannot be justified,” judge rules  —  Feds said a laptop is simply a “container” that can be searched without warrant.  —  The US government's prosecution of a South Korean businessman accused of illegally selling technology used in aircraft and missiles …
Wall Street Journal:
Lee Jae-yong, likely Samsung's next chairman, may shift strategy to reinvigorate the company's weakening smartphone business, focus less on scale, more on M&A  —  After Galaxy Smartphone Debacle, Samsung Questions Game Plan  —  Heir apparent is likely to rethink his father's big-scale strategy; the iPhone 6 challenge
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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.
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.

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