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May 22, 2018, 12:05 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft and Google disclose Speculative Store Bypass CPU flaw that exploits speculative execution and is similar to Spectre and Meltdown  —  New firmware updates are on the way  —  Microsoft and Google are jointly disclosing a new CPU security vulnerability that's similar to the Meltdown …
Nico Grant / Bloomberg:
Adobe announces $1.68B deal to buy e-commerce platform Magento Commerce alongside a $8B common stock buyback program through 2021  —  - Company also announces $8 billion share repurchase plan  — Acquisition will help it compete against Salesforce, Oracle
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Photos is adding a new star-shaped Favorites button for your own photos starting today, and a heart-shaped Like button coming next week for shared photos  —  Twitter swapped out its Favorite star icon for an appreciation-focused heart icon instead, but Google Photos is embracing both icons with an update rolling out now.
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
Epic Games, maker of popular Fortnite, commits $100M over next 12 months to prize pools for the game's competitions, dwarfing other games' esports prize money  —  Epic Games had $100 million burning a hole in its proverbial pocket, and the company has decided to use that cash to begin building …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Barack and Michelle Obama sign multiyear deal with Netflix to produce TV shows and films for the streaming service, from scripted series to documentaries  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama formally announced on Monday a multiyear production deal with Netflix in which he and the former …
M.G. Siegler / 500ish Words:
Twitter risks ostracizing its longtime and more influential users by killing its native Mac app twice and squeezing 3rd-party apps to death via API changes  —  Twitter's old habits die hard  —  The new Tweetbot for Mac is good.  Very good, even.  But it's just short of great.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram is testing a mid-feed alert that tells users they are caught up on all new posts from the past 48 hours  —  Without a chronological feed, it can be tough to tell if you've seen all the posts Instagram will show you.  That can lead to more of the compulsive, passive …
Microsoft:
Making gaming accessible to all  —  Read the story behind the new Xbox Adaptive Controller, which will make gaming accessible to people with a broad range of disabilities.
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Sara Salinas / CNBC:
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urges DOJ to review monopolies in tech after a 60 Minutes segment about Google's monopoly in search  —  - Mnuchin acknowledged that antitrust matters don't fall under his jurisdiction, but said someone ought to be looking.  — His comments come on the heels of a …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
As companies flood EU residents' inboxes ahead of GDPR rollout, experts say many of those consent emails are unnecessary and some may be even illegal  —  Many firms have the required consent already; others don't have consent to send a request  —  The vast majority of emails flooding inboxes across Europe …

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Microsoft:
Making gaming accessible to all  —  Read the story behind the new Xbox Adaptive Controller, which will make gaming accessible to people with a broad range of disabilities.
eero:
CNET: eero Labs introduces a new innovation playground for networks.  —  eero is introducing eero Labs to give its customers a chance to try out new features on its mesh Wi-Fi system before they go mainstream.
IBM:
Multi-platinum music producer collaborates with AI and APIs  —  See how IBM partnered with Spotify to help Alex da Kid find the perfect match for his upcoming single.
Zoho:
How to connect in 60 seconds...  The best sales professionals are always looking for the slightest advantage to help them connect with more clients and close more deals.  —  They focus on small things …
CB Insights:
How Google Plans To Use AI To Reinvent The $3 Trillion US Healthcare Industry  —  In this report we explore Google's many healthcare initiatives and areas of potential future expansion.

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