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June 1, 2016, 11:10 AM

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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
36% of smartphone users in Asia-Pacific region use browsers that automatically block ads; global mobile adblocking userbase hits 419M, up 90% YoY, says PageFair  —  The rise of mobile adblocking may not be burning publishers in the U.S. so far, but the story is very different in Asia.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Samsung announces 512GB NVMe SSD weighing only 1 gram with read and write speeds of 1500MB/s and 900MB/s, available starting in June  —  Samsung today announced that mass production has begun on a new NVMe PCIe solid state drive in a ball grid array package, the first of its kind to be available in large quantities.
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 …
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
US appeals court rules no warrant needed for cellphone location data, overturning a divided 2015 opinion  —  Police do not need a warrant to obtain a person's cellphone location data held by wireless carriers, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday, dealing a setback to privacy advocates.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Time confirms Myspace breach limited to a portion of login data created before June 11, 2013; LeakedSource says over 360M accounts compromised  —  You might not have thought of - much less visited - Myspace in years.  (Yes, it's still around.  Time, Inc. acquired itand other properties when it bought Viant earlier this year.)
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Instagram officially announces its new business tools, including business profiles, analytics, more; businesses must have a Facebook Page to enable them  —  Instagram this morning officially announced the launch of its tools for business users, including new business profiles …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says its AI systems now report more offensive photos than humans do  —  Facebook's artificial intelligence systems now report more offensive photos than humans do, marking a major milestone in the social network's battle against abuse, the company tells me.
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