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June 30, 2016, 7:45 PM

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Peter Kafka / Recode:
In letter to Apple's general counsel, Spotify says Apple won't approve app update in move to “diminish competitiveness” of Spotify on iOS  —  “We cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon.”  —  Spotify says Apple is making it harder …
Jordan Golson / The Verge:
US NHTSA opens investigation into fatal accident involving Tesla's Autopilot mode; Tesla says it's the first fatality in 130M+ miles driven with Autopilot  —  A Tesla Model S with the Autopilot system activated was involved in a fatal crash, the first known fatality in a Tesla where Autopilot was active.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple in exploratory talks to acquire Tidal, Jay Z's streaming music service; Tidal held similar talks with Rhapsody last year  —  Sources say talks are ongoing and may not result in a deal  —  Apple Inc. is in exploratory talks to acquire Tidal, a streaming-music service run by rap mogul Jay Z …
Kwame Opam / The Verge:
Google reveals Android N will be named Nougat  —  Google announced on Snapchat today that Android N, the latest version of Android, will now go by Android Nougat.  The announcement comes after the company said at I/O last month that users could submit suggestions for the name online.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook is shutting down its Paper newsreading app on July 29th  —  Facebook is shutting down Paper, a bold reimagining of the company's flagship app for iOS that impressed critics but failed to attract a large audience, the company said today.  The app transformed the core Facebook experience …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
After outcry, Microsoft will change its Windows 10 update prompt to make it easier to decline the update  —  Microsoft is changing the wording of its ‘Get Windows 10’ update prompt to make cancelling the free update easier and clearer.  —  Microsoft plans to change the Windows 10 update prompt …
Bloomberg:
Sources: BMW, Intel, and Mobileye are working together on autonomous car technology  —  Intel Corp. is working with Mobileye NV to develop self-driving car technology for BMW AG, said people familiar with the matter.  —  Senior executives from each company will hold an event on Friday …
Agam Shah / PCWorld:
Dell discontinues its Android-based Venue tablet line, citing over-saturated market, won't offer OS upgrades to existing Venue tablets  —  Dell has discontinued Venue tablets with Android, and won't be pushing out OS upgrades to current customers  —  Dell has stopped selling Android devices …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Samsung launches unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in the U.S. for $670 and $770  —  Samsung has announced that unlocked versions of its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices are now available in the U.S.  —  The duo of flagship phones have been available through all major carriers in the U.S. since March this year …
Dan Laycock / Windows Blog:
1TB Surface Book & Surface Pro 4 available in 10 new markets starting today including Australia, New Zealand, China, UK, and more EU countries  —  Even more people can get their hands on the most powerful versions of Surface Book and Surface Pro 4  —  Ever since Surface Book …

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