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May 10, 2017, 2:00 PM

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft debuts Azure Cosmos DB, a globally distributed database with five consistency choices, and new MySQL and PostgreSQL options for Azure Database  —  Arguably the biggest Azure news to come out of Microsoft's Build 2017 developer conference is the debut of Azure Cosmos DB.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2017 for Mac out of preview  —  At Microsoft's Build 2017 developer conference, its biggest Visual Studio news wasn't even for its own platform: Visual Studio 2017 for Mac has hit general availability (download here, requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 or higher).
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says 500M devices are now running Windows 10, up from 400M in September 2016  —  Microsoft is announcing today that 500 million active machines are now running Windows 10.  The latest statistic comes almost 8 months after the company revealed 400 million devices were running Windows 10.
New York Times:
Interviews with Macron campaign staff reveal the obfuscation techniques used to slow hackers, who US intelligence believe were Russian  —  PARIS — Everyone saw the hackers coming.  —  The National Security Agency in Washington picked up the signs.  So did Emmanuel Macron's bare-bones technology team.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple acquires Beddit iPhone-connected sleep monitoring system, according to updated privacy policy  —  Apple recently acquired Beddit Sleep Monitor, an app and sleep system designed to monitor daily sleep habits through the iPhone, according to an updated privacy policy posted …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it will now rank sites with “disruptive, shocking or malicious ads” lower in News Feed  —  Facebook will bury links to low-quality websites and refuse to carry ads pointing to them in a News Feed algorithm changeannounced today.  Facebook defines a ‘low-quality site’ as one …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Opera rolls out major update to desktop browser that now features quick access to Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram from an optional sidebar  —  Opera has been working on a complete redesign of its desktop browser for a few months.  Codenamed “Reborn”, the browser is now available as a stable release.
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Founder of Nucleus, which raised $5.6M from Alexa Fund, and now faces competition from similar Echo Show device, says Amazon crippling its Alexa Fund ecosystem  —  Another cautionary tale for would-be Amazon partners.  —  When the investment arm of Amazon's Alexa division led …
Brandon Vigliarolo / TechRepublic:
Stratasys demos new 3D printing tech, a modular wall of cloud-controlled 3D printers linked together, continuously producing in assembly-line fashion  —  Stratasys' latest innovation is designed to continuously produce parts with minimal human interaction, making larger runs, prototyping, and lowering costs easier than ever before.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google launches event suggestions in US search results on mobile web and in app; data pulled from 13 sources including Eventbrite, Ticketmaster, Meetup, StubHub  —  Google today is updating its app and mobile web experience in the U.S. to help web searchers more easily find things to do …
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Sebastian Anthony / Ars Technica:
Microsoft patches remote code-execution vulnerability discovered in its malware protection engine which is used in nearly every version of Windows  —  PCs can be compromised when Defender scans an e-mail or IM; patch has been issued.  —  Microsoft on Monday patched a severe code-execution vulnerability …
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