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May 3, 2016, 1:05 PM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Fiat Chrysler partners with Google to develop self-driving prototypes based on its Pacifica minivans, will build vehicles starting this year  —  Fiat, Google Plan Partnership on Self-Driving Minivans  —  Cooperation would be tech company's first with a carmaker
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:
India rejects Apple's request to import and sell refurbished iPhones in the country  —  India Thwarts Apple's Plan to Sell Cheaper Refurbished IPhones  —  Company is also seeking permission to open retail stores  —  Apple's seeking new sources of growth as iPhone sales plateau
The Intercept:
WhatsApp blocked in Brazil for 72 hours following court order; carriers must comply or face $142K in daily fines  —  WhatsApp, Used by 100 Million Brazilians, Was Shut Down Nationwide Today by a Single Judge  —  A BRAZILIAN STATE JUDGE ordered mobile phone operators to block nationwide …
Michael Mimoso / Threatpost:
Google rebrands monthly OTA patch release for Nexus devices as Android Security Bulletin, fixes two critical Mediaserver flaws  —  Google Patches More Trouble in Mediaserver  —  Google has re-branded its monthly patch release, bringing a new name and new scope to the newly renamed Android Security Bulletin.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft acquires Italian IoT platform Solair  —  Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Solair, an Italy-based IoT service that was founded in 2011 (and not the U.S.-based company that makes retractable awnings).  —  Solair already used Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform …
Ricardo Castro / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter's new Connect tab on iOS and Android suggests accounts to follow based on tweets you like, popular local accounts, and more  —  A better way to connect with people  —  Twitter connects you with the people you're interested in —whether that's someone across the world who shares …
Johana Bhuiyan / Re/code:
Uber enables global e-hailing through Alipay to fend against Lyft/Didi alliance  —  Starting today, Uber riders from China won't have to worry about language barriers or currency when traveling outside of the country.  —  Now, riders will be able to pay for and hail a ride in the Alipay app …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Adblock Plus and Flattr launch a publisher payment system, Flattr Plus, which distributes payments among sites from a monthly budget after taking a 10% cut  —  Adblock Plus and Flattr's new project will let users automatically donate money to websites  —  Adblock Plus and Flattr today …
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
The weight of evidence indicates Craig Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto  —  Craig Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto  —  Craig Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto.  He wasn't Satoshi Nakamoto before or after Wired and Gizmodo suspected him to be last year, and he still isn't Satoshi Nakamoto …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Giphy launches a keyboard for iOS called Giphy Keys  —  With all of Giphy's integrations with chat platforms, it was only a matter of time before the betaworks-backed GIF platform launched its own keyboard.  —  World, welcome Giphy Keys into the mix.  —  The Giphy Keys third-party keyboard launches …
Gabriel Avner / GeekTime:
Israeli machine learning startup Sensiya acquired by Will.i.am's i.am+  —  It would seem that without much fanfare, Israeli startup Sensiya has been bought up by the musician Will.i.iam's consumer tech label i.am+ for an unknown sum.  With no press release, the company made their announcement with a simple post today on their website.
More: Wired and Tech.eu
 

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