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May 3, 2016, 3:30 PM

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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
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
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 …
Natalia Scalzaretto / Reuters:
Brazil judge overturns 72-hour suspension of WhatsApp  —  SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A Brazilian judge on Tuesday overturned a suspension of Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messaging application that affected some 100 million users, after many people voiced frustration at the second such freeze in five months in the South American country.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon launches a dedicated website for Prime Now express delivery service, expanding beyond mobile app  —  Amazon's Prime Now comes to the web, expanding beyond mobile app  —  Amazon today launched a website for its Prime Now one- and two-hour delivery service, offering a new option …
Gizmodo:
Former contractors who curated Facebook's “trending” news section describe preferred media outlets, “Twitter” censorship, layoffs, more  —  Want to Know What Facebook Really Thinks of Journalists?  Here's What Happened When It Hired Some.

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