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June 1, 2016, 2:50 PM

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Brian Barrett / Wired:
OnePlus 3 to launch globally on June 14 without an invite system  —  When the remarkable OnePlus One arrived two years ago, it made people reimagine the $300 smartphone.  But it also made everyone reimagine how they buy a phone, with an invitation-based system as frustrating as it was arcane.
Jeremy Wagstaff / Reuters:
Xiaomi to preinstall Office and Skype on all devices as it buys 1.5K patents from Microsoft, cross-licenses others  —  Software maker Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is selling about 1,500 of its patents to Chinese device maker Xiaomi [XTC.UL], a rare departure for the U.S. company and part …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft opens Windows Holographic, the platform behind HoloLens, for partners to create AR/VR devices, is working with Intel, AMD, HTC, Acer, and others  —  Microsoft is courting virtual-reality hardware makers with its Windows Holographic platform, hoping to grow the base of mixed-reality-capable devices.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Salesforce buys Demandware for $2.8B, taking a big step into e-commerce  —  Salesforce made its name originally with cloud-based software to help salespeople manage their leads and close deals; and today the company took a big step into the business of sales itself.
Mary Meeker / KPCB:
Slides: Mary Meeker's Internet Trends Report for 2016  —  The 2016 edition of Mary Meeker's annual Internet Trends report covers today's Internet growth and an in-depth look at the following:  — Global Internet users have surpassed 3B; India has supplanted the US as the world's second-largest Internet market.
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
AMD unveils VR-ready Radeon RX 480 GPU, with 8Gbps GDDR5, 40% faster than last year's R9 380, available June 29 for $199  —  Kicking off at this moment is AMD's Computex 2016 keynote.  The company has multiple announcements scheduled this evening, but we're going to jump right into an area …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Jeff Bezos says Alexa could be Amazon's fourth pillar after retail, Prime, and AWS, as company has 1K employees working on Echo and Alexa  —  Amazon has three big pillars: the retail marketplace, Amazon Prime, and Amazon Web Services.  But there certainly would be room for a fourth pillar.
Dave Smith / Tech Insider:
Mark Gurman is leaving 9to5Mac for a “big name media publication” starting in July  —  Mark Gurman is one of the best Apple reporters in the world.  He's been breaking news on the notoriously secretive tech giant for the 9to5Mac blog since he was just 15 years old.
Grant Gross / PCWorld:
HPE wants Oracle to pay $3 billion for breach of Itanium contract  —  A jury trial in a long-running dispute between the two companies begins this week  —  Hewlett-Packard Enterprise is asking a jury to award the company $3billion from Oracle after the database giant stopped supporting HPE's …

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