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May 13, 2016, 5:45 PM

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Julia Love / Reuters:
Apple says it has invested $1B in Chinese Uber rival Didi Chuxing  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Thursday it has invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing, a move that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said would help the company better understand the critical Chinese market.
New York Times:
Sources: Apple and Didi were in contact for more than a year, closed the $1B deal in three weeks after CEOs met in April to discuss cooperation  —  HONG KONG — A $1 billion investment by Apple in a Chinese ride-hailing app is a rounding error for the Silicon Valley giant …
Trista Kelley / Bloomberg:
SWIFT warns of a new hacker attack on a commercial bank similar to Bangladeshi heist, says it is part of a wider highly adaptive campaign targeting banks  —  Hackers used malware to target PDF reader of commercial bank  —  Warning comes after cyber heist from Bangladesh central bank
Dustin Slaughter / Motherboard:
Philadelphia Police Department admits it disguised a license plate surveillance truck as a Google Maps vehicle  —  The vehicle in question.  Image: Dustin Slaughter  —  The Philadelphia Police Department admitted today that a mysterious unmarked license plate surveillance truck disguised …
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Samsung's $45 Charm fitness bracelet with color-coded LED alerts launches in South Korea, Italy, France, and Russia  —  Samsung has today officially launched its latest stab at the wearables market with the introduction of its new “Charm” activity band, available in a handful of markets.
Julia Fioretti / Reuters:
Europe agrees on cross-EU roaming access for Netflix and other video subscription services  —  Consumers will be able to access their online subscriptions for services like Netflix (NFLX.O), Sky (SKYB.L) and Canal+ (IPO-CANALFRA.PA) when they travel across the European Union under proposals tentatively agreed …
Pradeep / MSPoweruser:
Microsoft adding fingerprint support to Windows 10 Mobile this summer  —  Biometrics is an increasingly popular technology that provides convenient access to systems, services, and resources.  Microsoft Windows added Biometrics support back in 2012.  The Windows Biometric Framework (WBF) …
Jordan Golson / The Verge:
Google seeking testers for self-driving cars in Arizona; applicants must have clean driving records, bachelor's degrees, and type 40WPM, will be paid $20/hour  —  Do you live in Arizona and want to get paid to “drive” a self-driving car?  Google could have a job for you.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Automattic quietly acquired the rights to .blog TLD in 2015 for about $19M, will start selling the domains this year  —  The company behind the world's most popular publishing platform is trying to make .blog happen.  —  WordPress.com owner Automattic announced today that it has …

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