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April 5, 2016, 6:40 AM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook announces Automatic Alternative Text on iOS, that uses AI to automatically describe images to blind users  —  Facebook begins using artificial intelligence to describe photos to blind users  —  Ask a member of Facebook's growth team what feature played the biggest role in getting …
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Nest is disabling the Revolv home-automation service on May 15, effectively bricking Revolv home hub hardware, after acquiring the startup in 2014  —  Google's parent company is deliberately disabling some of its customers' old smart-home devices  —  Nest, a smart-home company owned …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Intel announces head of PC business Kirk Skaugen to depart April 8, Navin Shenoy to take over; Doug Davis, head of IoT effort to leave by year end  —  Shake-up at Intel as veteran execs Davis and Skaugen leave  —  Chipmaker Intel just announced the departure plans of two longtime executives …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
IHS teardown of 16GB iPhone SE reveals it costs about $160 to build  —  Teardown Finds Apple's iPhone SE Costs at Least $160 to Build  —  The cost to build and assemble Apple's iPhone SE runs to about $160 for a device that sells for a starting price of $399 without a contract …
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Yahoo scales back its media focus as cutbacks follow tensions between media stars seeking home-page space and engineers who swear by algorithms  —  Marissa Mayer vs. “Kim Kardashian's Ass”: What Sunk Yahoo's Media Ambitions?  —  After a pricey talent spree, Yahoo News is reversing course—again.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
MIT Media Lab launches Data USA, the most comprehensive visualization of US public government data  —  Website Seeks to Make Government Data Easier to Sift Through  —  For years, the federal government, states and some cities have enthusiastically made vast troves of data open to the public.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Outlook Premium, Microsoft's subscription email service, starts trials at $3.99 per month, gives users up to 5 personalized email address, ad free inbox, more  —  Outlook Premium, Microsoft's subscription email service, starts trials at $3.99 per month  —  Microsoft's experiment …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro form new drone advocacy group  —  DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro are launching their own drone advocacy group to lobby for “policies that promote innovation and safety, and create a practical and responsible regulatory framework.”  —  The Small UAV Coalition …

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