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May 28, 2015, 5:30 PM

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Official Android Blog:
Google announces Android Pay, will allow users to pay in over 1000 apps and at 700K US stores  —  Pay your way with Android  —  Credit cards, debit cards, loyalty cards, cash, coins.  Forget fumbling through your wallet next time you're in a store—what if you could pay with just a tap?
Ross Miller / The Verge:
Google announces Brillo, a cut-down Android-based OS for the Internet of Things, and Weave, a communications layer for those devices  —  Google announces Brillo, an operating system for the Internet of Things  —  Google is rejoining the Internet of Things platform wars.
Reto Meier / Android Developers Blog:
Google launches M Developer Preview with system images for testing on Nexus 5, 6, 9, and Player  —  Android M Developer Preview & Tools  —  By Jamal Eason, Product Manager, Android  —  Today at Google I/O, we announced a developer preview of the next version of Android, the M release.
Anil Sabharwal / The Official Google Blog:
Google Photos launching today on Android, iOS, and web with unlimited storage to help you organize and share photos and videos for free  —  Picture this: A fresh approach to Photos  —  Every second of every day, people around the world are capturing their memories through photos and videos.
TechCrunch:
Apple Acquires Augmented Reality Company Metaio  —  Apple has acquired Metaio, an augmented reality startup that launched way back in 2003 as an offshoot of a project at Volkswagen.  The company's site said it stopped taking new customers, and now a legal document shows Apple has bought it.
Kyle Russell / TechCrunch:
Google Brings Turn-By-Turn Directions To Offline Maps  —  Google just announced that turn-by-turn directions will soon be accessible from Maps even when you don't have a data connection.  —  Rounding out a series of announcements about improvements to the offline experience of its major mobile apps …
Tricia Duryee / GeekWire:
Amazon launches free same-day delivery for Prime members in 500 US cities for orders above $35  —  Amazon launches free same-day delivery for Prime members in 500 U.S. cities, including Seattle … Amazon is launching free same-day delivery today for more than one million items across …
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Avago Agrees to Buy Broadcom for $37 Billion  —  Deal marks latest acquisition in busy semiconductor space  —  Chip maker Avago Technologies Ltd. agreed to buy rival Broadcom Corp. for $37 billion in cash and stock, the latest in a wave of deals for the companies that supply parts to power smartphones, tablets and other gadgets.
Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:
Digital advertising startup GumGum raises $26M at a $200M valuation led by Morgan Stanley  —  Morgan Stanley Backs Ad Tech Startup GumGum in Prep for IPO … Digital advertising startup GumGum Inc. initially struggled to convince brands and ad agencies to use its technology that embeds ads within editorial images.
Chris Frates / CNN:
Sources: IRS believes massive data theft originated in Russia  —  U.S. Postal Service reports huge breach 01:37  —  Washington (CNN)The IRS believes that a major cyber breach that allowed criminals to steal the tax returns of more than 100,000 people originated in Russia, two sources briefed on the data theft tell CNN.
Natt Garun / The Next Web:
Shazam can now scan physical objects for augmented reality and exclusive video content  —  As Shazam teased earlier this year at CES, the company is planning to expand beyond its music recognition technology and into the visual space.  Today, the company officially launched “Visual Shazam …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Store app gains Postmates integration, provides same-day delivery, live tracking of some products in select locations  —  Apple Store App Gains Postmates Integration With Same-Day Delivery  —  Apple is now offering same-day delivery of certain products in its Apple Store app, through a partnership with Postmates.

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