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May 5, 2016, 11:40 PM

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Yusuf Mehdi / Windows Blog:
Microsoft says Windows 10 is now on 300M active devices, free upgrade to end July 29th, full version of Windows 10 Home to cost $119  —  Windows 10 Now on 300 Million Active Devices - Free Upgrade Offer to End Soon … We're pleased to see Windows 10 become one of the largest online services in less than a year.
James Pinkstone / Vellum:
Composer claims Apple deleted 122GB of music from his laptop and replaced some songs with more widely available versions after he subscribed to Apple Music  —  Apple Stole My Music.  No, Seriously.  —  “The software is functioning as intended,” said Amber.
Wall Street Journal:
GM, Lyft to begin testing fleet of self-driving electric taxis on public roads within a year  —  GM, Lyft to Test Self-Driving Electric Taxis  —  Move aimed at fighting off Silicon Valley giants amid a reshaping auto industry  —  General Motors Co. and Lyft Inc. will begin testing a fleet …
Eddy Wu / Netflix Media Center:
Netflix adds cellular data usage setting on iOS and Android that lets users restrict bitrates to help avoid exceeding data caps  —  Netflix Introduces New Cellular Data Controls Globally  —  As we have launched Netflix around the world, we have seen big differences in how much people …
Aaron Ricadela / Bloomberg:
SAP partners with Apple, will create iOS apps and SDK for its HANA Cloud Platform  —  Apple and SAP to Develop iPhone, iPad Apps for Businesses  —  Development kit will let SAP users write native iOS apps  —  SAP to build its own software for health care and industry
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Research video shows off sensing tech that reacts to fingers before they touch the screen  —  Microsoft's hover gestures for Windows phones are magnificent  —  Microsoft had been planning to introduce a unique 3D Touch feature with a flagship Windows phone back in 2014.
Los Angeles Times:
LAPD successfully hacked into the locked iPhone 5s belonging to the slain wife of “Shield” actor Michael Jace  —  LAPD hacked into iPhone of slain wife of ‘Shield’ actor, documents show  —  Actor Michael Jace is flanked by his attorneys Peter L. Carr IV, left …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft no longer allows administrators to block Windows Store access in Windows 10 Pro  —  Microsoft has retroactively removed the ability of companies to turn off access to the Windows Store in its Windows 10 Pro version.  —  Microsoft is no longer allowing administrators to block Windows 10 Pro users' access to the Windows Store.
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
eBay acquires AI and machine-learning company Expertmaker to help organize its listings  —  eBay boosts its big-data brain with Expertmaker buy  —  Expertmaker's AI and machine-learning software could help eBay organize its 900 million listings.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Google's training AI with formulaic romance novels to help it become more conversational; uses could include more natural search and email Smart Reply responses  —  Google Is Feeding Romance Novels To Its Artificial Intelligence Engine To Make Its Products More Conversational  —  “Her blouse sprang apart.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook tests temporary reactions with a flower for Mother's Day  —  It's the Thursday before Mother's Day, which makes it the last day you can comfortably order flowers for your mom without freaking out that they won't arrive in time.  But if you forget, or are simply too cheap to spring …
BBC:
Craig Wright backs out of promise to provide more proof he's Satoshi Nakamoto, says he lacks the courage to face allegations  —  Bitcoin ‘creator’ backs out of coin move ‘proof’  —  The entrepreneur who has claimed to be the inventor of Bitcoin has reneged on a promise to present new “proof” to support his case.

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