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May 17, 2016, 7:10 AM

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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 …
Mark Harris / Backchannel:
Otto, founded by ex-Google engineers, exits stealth to sell self-driving kits for retrofitting semi-trailers  —  A group of ex-Google engineers have just launched Otto, an autonomous trucking startup  —  Otto's first vehicle is twice as long and six times as heavy as Google's cute prototype car …
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.
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.
New York Times:
China is quietly requiring foreign tech companies to submit their products to security reviews  —  HONG KONG — Chinese authorities are quietly scrutinizing technology products sold in China by Apple and other big foreign companies, focusing on whether they pose potential security threats …
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.
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.
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 …

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