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May 18, 2015, 9:10 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Tom Dotan / The Information:
Facebook is in active talks with game developers about games for Messenger app platform  —  With Messenger Apps Sluggish, Facebook Eyeing Games  —  The first suite of apps that Facebook announced for Messenger were all for lightweight communication: sending people emojis, sound clips, gifs and the like.
Reuters:
Appeals court reverses part of Apple's $930M win against Samsung, upholds patent infringements, not trade dress dilution; $382M in damages to be reconsidered  —  Apple gets partial win on appeal in Samsung patent case  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) was handed a mixed ruling by a U.S. appeals court …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Google researchers create amazing timelapses from public photos  —  There are uncountable digital photos in the public domain and scientists have now figured out something very cool to do with them.  Researchers from Google and the University of Washington have developed a fully automated …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Obama uses someone else's iPhone to post first tweet from his own Twitter account @POTUS  —  Obama Used Someone Else's iPhone To Tweet His First Presidential Account Tweet  —  President Obama still carries his secure BlackBerry.  On the day of the first tweet from @POTUS, the White House won't say if that device is Twitter capable.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Drops Cloud Computing Prices By Up To 30 Percent, Launches Preemptible Instances  —  Google today announced yet another round of price cuts for its cloud computing platform, as well as a new instance type that will allow businesses to save even more on some of their cloud computing tasks.
Bloomberg Business:
Uber Joins Baidu as Nokia's Maps Unit Draws Multiple Bidders  —  Uber Technologies Inc. is teaming up with Baidu Technologies Inc. and Apax Partners to pursue Nokia Oyj's maps business, people with knowledge of the matter said, as a bidding war for the unit intensifies.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter's New Search Results Interface Expands To All Web Users  —  Twitter is now rolling out a new search results interface to all logged-in users on the web, introducing a cleaner look-and-feel and more filtering options that let you sort results by top tweets, “live” tweets, accounts, photos, videos, news and more.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Starbucks Teams Up With Spotify For In-Store Music, Loyalty Program  —  Starbucks is partnering with Spotify to bring the music service's playlists to all of its U.S. retail locations this fall, the two companies announced Monday afternoon.  —  All 150,000 U.S.-based Starbucks retail employees …
Sam Rutherford / Tom's Guide:
Review of Asus Zenfone 2 smartphone with 5.5" 1080p display, 13mpx camera and Intel Atom CPU, which launches Tuesday in US, starting at $199 unlocked  —  Asus Zenfone 2 Review: Very Fast, Very Affordable … Phones like the Oneplus One and Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 exposed a weakness …

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