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April 12, 2016, 7:00 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Messenger platform with chatbots  —  Facebook will now allow businesses to deliver automated customer support, ecommerce guidance, content, and interactive experiences through chatbots.  By providing utility through its huge developer and business ecosystem …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it's testing allowing businesses to send sponsored messages in Messenger  —  Facebook starts allowing “Sponsored Messages” ads  —  Facebook launched its Messenger chatbot platform today, but how will it make money on it?  By charging businesses to send re-engagement messages …
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Facebook's David Marcus on the future of Messenger, how brands integrate into the platform, and how there are no plans for a bot store  —  Facebook Believes Messenger Will Anchor a Post-App Internet  —  The week before David Marcus will take the stage at Facebook's annual F8 developers' conference …
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook unveils Surround 360, a 17-lens, 3D VR camera, will open-source hardware designs and specs this summer, materials to build will cost $30K  —  This is Facebook's gorgeous, open-source 360-degree video camera  —  Hoping to dramatically increase the amount of 360-degree video on its platform …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Facebook makes its Live API publicly available, allows streaming directly to Facebook from non-mobile devices like drones, TV broadcast feeds  —  Facebook Opens Up Live Video to Developers to Allow Streaming from Any Device  —  Facebook just took video streaming on its Live platform beyond …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
HTC 10 launched with 5.2-inch quad HD display for $699, Snapdragon 820, 12MP camera, 3000mAh battery, AirPlay audio support, can pre-order now, ships next month  —  HTC 10 announced: a modern phone with familiar design  —  HTC is today formally announcing the 10, its flagship smartphone for 2016.
Narottam Medhora / Reuters:
Uber releases its first transparency report, showing it gave US regulatory agencies data on over 12M users and received 415 data requests from law enforcement  —  Uber says gave U.S. agencies data on more than 12 million users  —  Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] on Tuesday released …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Box teams up with AWS and IBM for Box Zones, which lets firms store files locally in Europe, Asia  —  Box Teams Up With Amazon, IBM to Offer Local Storage Worldwide  —  Cloud storage company Box is making an effort to widen its appeal as the office file storage and sharing product …

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