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June 17, 2016, 8:30 AM

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Davey Alba / Wired:
Facebook Messenger's home tab on mobile now organizes the app into recent messages, favorites, active users, messages awaiting a response, and birthdays  —  Facebook wants to make Messenger the app to anchor a post-app Internet that lets you do everything within a chat.  Need an Uber?
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Microsoft acquires messaging app vendor Wand Labs to bolster its chat intelligence products as part of larger “conversation as a platform” strategy  —  The startup, which ties together an array of services through a conversational interface, will help build out Satya Nadella's vision.
Katherine Noyes / PCWorld:
Google opens dedicated machine learning research center in Zurich to focus on machine intelligence, natural language processing, and machine perception  —  It will focus primarily on machine learning  —  Google has made no secret of its AI ambitions, and on Thursday it announced the next step …
Peter Rubin / Wired:
Lucasfilm's ILMxLAB and Magic Leap partner to produce mixed-reality Star Wars content  —  You're used to C-3PO being diplomatic and prissy, wringing his droid hands over any and every little setback.  You're used to him sticking close to R2-D2.  What you're probably not used to, though …
George Slefo / Ad Age:
Twitter will now let advertisers target users based on the emoji they have tweeted  —  It's Exactly What You Think It Is  —  Advertisers will either cry with laughter or happiness following Twitter's announcement of emoji based-targeting.  —  The company's move is in time for next month's World Emoji …
Joshua Ho / AnandTech:
Asus announces ZenPad Z8 7.9-inch tablet for $250, with Snapdragon 650 SoC, exclusive to Verizon, available for pre-order now, shipping June 23  —  As a part of Asus' continued commitment to the tablet market today Asus is launching a new tablet for Verizon, called the ZenPad Z8.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Apple confirms iPad can be used as a hub for HomeKit  —  Apple's update for HomeKit may make the Apple TV even more important, with its addition of remote access to control things from afar, but it turns out you don't actually need the set-top box.  In an ideal setup - and certainly …
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Marc Andreessen forecasts a surge in M&A in tech in 2016 and 2017, is seeing more M&A in the pipeline than in last four years  —  Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen spoke at the Bloomberg Technology conference this afternoon, and he said he expects far more M&A than the tech industry has seen in recent years.
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