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May 16, 2016, 9:50 PM

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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Source: Twitter will stop counting photos and links in the 140-character limit as soon as within next two weeks  —  Company said to make the change in next couple of weeks  —  CEO Jack Dorsey aims to make it easier to compose tweets  —  Twitter Inc. will soon stop counting photos and links …
Luke Wroblewski / Official Google Blog:
Google announces Spaces, a new app for small group sharing around any topic, for Android, iOS, and web  —  Group sharing isn't easy.  From book clubs to house hunts to weekend trips and more, getting friends into the same app can be challenging.  Sharing things typically involves hopping between apps to copy and paste links.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Waze tests carpooling option in Bay Area, starting with 25K+ employees from select firms, with new Waze Rider app that matches similar commutes among Waze users  —  Waze, the Google-owned traffic navigation app, said Monday more than 25,000 employees at select companies in the Bay Area …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
MCX postpones rollout of Apple Pay rival CurrentC, lays off 30, will focus on bank deals  —  As merchants like Walmart move aheadon their own mobile payment strategies, a consortium that once counted Walmart — along with a number of other big retailers and brands — behind it, has taken a step back.
The Intercept:
The Intercept begins releasing installments of NSA's internal newsletters starting from 2003  —  SIDtoday is the internal newsletter for the NSA's most important division, the Signals Intelligence Directorate.  After editorial review, The Intercept is releasing nine years' worth of newsletters in batches, starting with 2003.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Apple releases iTunes 12.4, brings back left sidebar, but doesn't address core issues with navigation and possibly makes it worse  —  Apple knows that the iTunes interface is extremely confusing and needs work.  But apparently its solution is to add even more menus.
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Debra Lee, chairman and CEO of Viacom's Black Entertainment Television, joins Twitter's board  —  Debra Lee, who has been CEO of Viacom's Black Entertainment Television (BET) since 2005 and its chairman since 2006, has joined the board of Twitter.  She tweeted out the news earlier today.
Lauren Pollock / Wall Street Journal:
Filing: Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway owned 9.81M Apple shares on March 31, valued at $1.07B  —  Legendary investor, who previously avoided technology stocks, also slightly increases position in IBM  —  Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. took a new position in Apple Inc. in the first quarter …
Bogdan Petrovan / Android Authority:
WhatsApp beta users briefly get the option to make video calls, hinting at future in-app feature  —  A beta version of WhatsApp for Android included the option to initiate a video call.  The feature was not active for most users, and it was removed with a later update …
Ellen Huet / Bloomberg:
On-demand startups increasingly touting forms of “profitability” that exclude key expenses  —  Facing a tougher fundraising environment, on-demand companies are touting financial metrics to show the health of their businesses—using whichever definition looks rosiest.
The Economic Times:
Sources: Apple likely to announce accelerator program for Indian startups during Tim Cook's visit to the country this week  —  BANGALORE: Apple is likely to announce an accelerator program for Indian startups as part of its CEO Tim Cook's visit to India this week, two people familiar with the development told ET NOW.

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