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May 9, 2016, 8:15 PM

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Michael Nunez / Gizmodo:
Ex-Facebook news curators describe suppressing conservative news, being instructed to include non-trending stories, removing news about Facebook itself  —  Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network's influential “trending” …
Evan Blass / VentureBeat:
Source: Motorola is preparing two Moto X flagships with backplate design that allows for modules called Amps to be plugged in, reportedly to debut June 9  —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  Just like last year, Motorola is preparing multiple Android handsets to be sold under the flagship Moto X brand …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Spotify expands its video offerings, unveils slate of 12 original series which will be available to both free and paid users in US, UK, Germany, and Sweden  —  Russell Simmons, Tim Robbins to produce programs for Spotify  —  Videos will help Spotify compete with YouTube, Apple
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Viv, the multi-platform AI assistant made by Siri co-founders Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer which is built for easy 3rd-party integrations, demoed for first time  —  Voice-controlled assistance is seeing another evolution as it looks to prove its worth as the next shift in human-computer interaction.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Periscope will make broadcasts permanent by default, introduce search, and integrate with certain DJI drone models in update in coming weeks  —  It's been a month now since Facebook rolled-out a dramatically improved design for live video — a design that borrowed liberally from Twitter-owned Periscope.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Dataminr, which utilizes Twitter's full firehose, bars US intelligence agencies from accessing its services at Twitter's request  —  Social media firm cuts access to Dataminr, a service used to identify unfolding terror attacks, political unrest  —  Twitter Inc. cut off U.S …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Opera launches a free and unlimited VPN app for iOS  —  European technology titan Opera Software is today launching a virtual private network (VPN) client for iPhones and iPads.  This launch comes three weeks after the announcement of such a feature for its desktop Opera browser.
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber offering flat fee $5 carpool rides in Manhattan from 7-10AM and 5-8PM on weekdays, says riders may be prompted to walk a few blocks so routes are efficient  —  Good news for New Yorkers who like deals and don't mind sharing a cab ride with a complete stranger or two …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Sources: second round of bidders in Yahoo sale have begun all-day meetings; Mayer playing a more active role as initial recalcitrance regarding sale has faded  —  It's time for the real deal to emerge.  —  The second round of bidders in the sale of Yahoo have begun holding all-day meetings …

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