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May 24, 2016, 10:45 AM

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
KGI: Apple to release MacBook Pros with Touch ID and an OLED touch bar replacing function keys above keyboard in Q4, plus a 13-inch MacBook model  —  According to a new note from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities and corroborated by our sources, Apple plans to introduce …
Todd Sherman / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter won't count photos, videos, @names in replies toward 140 characters “in the coming months”, will allow self-retweets, touts improved onboarding metrics  —  Over the past decade, the Tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a rich canvas …
Colin Stretch / Facebook:
Facebook responds to GOP Sen. Thune on Trending Topics, says investigation found no systematic bias, cannot rule out unintentional bias, plans improvements  —  Last week we met with Chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee John Thune to describe our investigation in response …
Ted Sarandos / Netflix Media Center:
Starting in September, Netflix will be exclusive US pay TV home for new releases from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar  —  Summertime = Movies.  Well, on Netflix, anytime = movies...but we do see about a 20% increase in movie watching by our members in the US around Memorial Day weekend.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
New $99 Pebble 2 and $169 Pebble Time 2 smartwatches add heart rate tracking; the $69 Pebble Core is a clip-on Spotify-streaming device for runners  —  After two successful crowdfunding campaigns, Pebble is back for a third try.  —  Pebble returned to Kickstarter today to rack up preorders …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Continuous Live Video removes 90 min. limit on streams, but does not allow for replay or rewind, lets broadcasters target viewers by location and age  —  Live mobile video is evolving beyond selfie-stream rants and citizen journalism.  Facebook will now allow non-stop …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Apple, Microsoft and Google hold 23% of all U.S. corporate cash outside the finance sector  —  Apple, Microsoft and Google are the top three cash-rich U.S. companies across all sectors of business, not including banks and other financial institutions — holding a combined $391 billion in cash …
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Evan Blass / VentureBeat:
Samsung's rugged Galaxy S7 Active, available in June from AT&T, to have microSD slot, 4GB of RAM, and 4000mAh battery, 15% larger than last year's model  —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  Samsung and AT&T are poised to release their ruggedized version of the flagship Galaxy S7 smartphone, the Galaxy S7 Active.

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