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May 11, 2016, 3:35 PM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Instagram's big redesign goes live with a colorful new icon, black-and-white app and more  —  Instagram's new icon is pink.  Well, it's pink and purple and yellow and orange.  It's definitely different.  And that's not all the company has changed today.  Instagram this morning is rolling …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google to ban ads for payday loans and other lending products from July 13  —  Google has today announced an update to its AdWords terms and conditions that will ban advertising for some lending products on Google.  —  The update will go into effect on July 13 this year …
Sunrise:
Microsoft will shut down Sunrise, the calendar app it bought last year, on August 31; team will work full-time on Outlook  —  As some of you might already know, we were acquired by Microsoft last year and have now moved on to work on Outlook for iOS and Android.
Barak Turovsky / Official Google Blog:
Google Translate adds in-app translations on Android and offline mode on iOS  —  Of the 500 million+ people who use Google Translate, more than 9 in 10 live outside the U.S. We've talked with thousands of you in India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Thailand to learn what works and what doesn't …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook now lets you upload panoramas along with photos from 360 cameras for viewing as 360 Photos in News Feed and on Gear VR headsets; Gear VR hits 1M users  —  Those panoramas trapped on your phone will finally get a better viewing experience, both on News Feed and the Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR.
Kelly Fiveash / Ars Technica UK:
European Commission blocks Three-O2 carrier merger in UK, citing concerns over competition and higher prices  —  Commissioner Vestager kills takeover plan, citing significant UK competition concerns.  —  UK mobile operator Three's multi-billion pound bid to merge with O2 has been rejected by competition officials in Brussels.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
WhatsApp releases desktop app for Windows and Mac users, available for Windows 8 and above and Mac OS X 10.9 and above  —  WhatsApp announced today that it has launched a native desktop app that's available for both Windows and Mac.  The Facebook-owned company said that the app supports …
Michael Crider / Android Police:
The Google Store Starts Selling Cardboard VR Viewers In Canada, The United Kingdom, France, And Germany  —  So you've yet to snag a free Google Cardboard VR headset from a trade show.  Or a Star Wars promotion.  Or a copy of the New York Times, or a late-night talk show host, or even a freakin' porn website.

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