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June 16, 2016, 4:05 PM

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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 …
Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Electronics to acquire US cloud services firm Joyent; Joyent to retain name and top management, will be integrated into Samsung's mobile division  —  Acquisition of Joyent shows device maker is pushing to beef up software and services  —  SEOUL— Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday …
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Microsoft Boosts Its Chatbot Future By Acquiring Wand Labs  —  The startup, which ties together an array of services through a conversational interface, will help build out Satya Nadella's vision.  —  On Monday, Microsoft made headlines by plunking down $26 billion for LinkedIn.
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?
Bloomberg:
Sources: Airbnb secures $1B debt facility from JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, and Morgan Stanley  —  Airbnb Inc. secured a $1 billion debt facility from some of the largest U.S. banks to help the home-sharing company develop new services and fund growth initiatives, people familiar with the matter said.
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Uber agrees to settle driver lawsuit alleging company terminated drivers after obtaining background reports without authorization, for $7.5M  —  Uber has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by drivers over background checks conducted by the ride-hailing company, according to a court filing on Wednesday.
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