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May 25, 2015, 9:30 AM

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Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
An exclusive early look at the new standalone Google Photos app on Android  —  An Exclusive Early Look At The New Google Photos App  —  We've been hearing for a very long time - virtually ever since Vic Gundotra left Google+, with more rumors springing up recently - that Photos …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
What could launch at Google I/O 2015: Android M, Chromecast 2, standalone photos product, more  —  Google Tracker 2015 (I/O edition): Android M, Chromecast 2, and lots more  —  SPOILER ALERT!  We recap upcoming Google projects that could launch at I/O 2015.
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Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
How Spotify plans to apply to video what it's learned with music  —  Spotify's Tricky Pivot: Getting Passive Audio Listeners to Actively Watch Video  —  Spotify on Wednesday unveiled its ambitions to expand from music streaming into video and podcasts.  At a splashy press event in New York …
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
The science behind Netflix's first major redesign in four years  —  Back in March, a developer named Renan Cakirerk wrote a small piece of code that made a big impact on Netflix.  Cheekily named “god mode,” it addressed one of the most annoying aspects of trying to use Netflix in your browser …
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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Former employee of cybersecurity consultancy Tiversa says they extorted clients and fabricated evidence  —  Did this cybersecurity firm use a data breach for extortion?  —  In 2007, LabMD was a small but successful medical testing company based in Atlanta, processing lab samples for cancer patients …
Ben Dummett / Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry to Lay Off Undisclosed Number of Employees in Device Business  —  Arm focused on development of smartphone software, applications to be affected  —  BlackBerry Ltd. said Friday it is laying off an undisclosed number of employees in its device business including those focused …
Mark Scott / New York Times:
Amazon to stop funneling Europe sales through Luxembourg amid pressure from regulators, increasing its tax burden  —  Amazon to Stop Funneling European Sales Through Low-Tax Haven  —  In the continuing battle between European and American tech companies, score one for Europe.
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Young Saudis increasingly rely on mobile apps and social media to circumvent conservative strictures  —  Young Saudis, Bound by Conservative Strictures, Find Freedom on Their Phones  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Life for many young Saudis is an ecosystem of apps.  —  Lacking free speech, they debate on Twitter.

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