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May 17, 2017, 1:40 AM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple will update its laptop lineup at WWDC, planning MacBook Pro with Kaby Lake and faster chips for MacBook and MacBook Air  —  Refreshed MacBooks could win back disappointed loyalists  —  Announcement expected at developers conference in June  —  Apple Inc. plans to announce …
John Koetsier / Forbes:
Amazon announces that Alexa skills will soon be able to push notifications to Alexa enabled devices for users who have opted in  —  “The weather is great this morning; you should take a run,” is something that Amazon's Alexa will never say to you ... unless you've added a fitness skill and opted-in to notifications.
Tim Peterson / Marketing Land:
Facebook admits another ad measurement mistake, its tenth since September of 2016, refunds advertisers, saying the error affected just 0.04% of impressions  —  The mistake — mischarged clicks on video carousel ads by smartphone web users — is the first that directly affected advertisers' wallets.
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
DJI launches smart TV app with aerial content and 4k video for Samsung's Tizen TVs and Apple TV  —  Just a few months after GoPro threatens to close its entertainment doors, DJI is ready to step in.  The drone-cum-camera company has just announced that it's launching a Smart TV app that'll stream plenty …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Third-party apps providing mail, contacts, and calendar services will need app-specific passwords for iCloud access beginning June 15  —  App-specific passwords are set to become a mandatory requirement for third-party apps that access iCloud user data, according to an Apple Support email sent out today.
Cho Mu-Hyun / ZDNet:
Samsung says it has sold 5M Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices since April 21  —  Samsung Electronics has sold 5 million Galaxy S8s globally less than a month after launching, a figure that will likely be further boosted next month as availability expands.  —  Samsung Electronics …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon launches 4K Alexa-powered Fire TVs with voice remote, available for preorder now, starting at $449 for the 43" model, $899 for 65"  —  Amazon's war with Roku enters its next phase  —  Like Roku before it, Amazon is working with TV makers to release smart televisions …
Biz Stone / Medium:
Twitter cofounder Biz Stone says he's returning to the company to guide company culture, more  —  I worked at Twitter for about six years.  In that time, the service grew from zero people to hundreds of millions of people.  Jack was the original CEO and when he returned I was very happy.
Bloomberg:
Source: Google will announce its voice-based AI Assistant is coming to iPhones and that it's integrating Assistant into GE home appliances at Google I/O  —  The Alphabet unit plans to expand its voice-based assistant beyond its own hardware at this week's I/O conference
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple launches Today at Apple website as it expands its in-store course line-up with classes in art, design, music, photography, more  —  Last month, Apple announced its plans to offer an expanded set of educational sessions at its stores, which will now feature more in-depth training …

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