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May 13, 2016, 10:10 PM

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Julia Love / Reuters:
Apple says it has invested $1B in Chinese Uber rival Didi Chuxing  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Thursday it has invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing, a move that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said would help the company better understand the critical Chinese market.
New York Times:
Sources: Apple and Didi were in contact for more than a year, closed the $1B deal in three weeks after CEOs met in April to discuss cooperation  —  HONG KONG — A $1 billion investment by Apple in a Chinese ride-hailing app is a rounding error for the Silicon Valley giant …
Dustin Slaughter / Motherboard:
Philadelphia Police Department admits it disguised a license plate surveillance truck as a Google Maps vehicle  —  The vehicle in question.  Image: Dustin Slaughter  —  The Philadelphia Police Department admitted today that a mysterious unmarked license plate surveillance truck disguised …
Trista Kelley / Bloomberg:
SWIFT warns of a new hacker attack on a commercial bank similar to Bangladeshi heist, says it is part of a wider highly adaptive campaign targeting banks  —  Hackers used malware to target PDF reader of commercial bank  —  Warning comes after cyber heist from Bangladesh central bank
Serenity Caldwell / iMore:
Apple acknowledges reports of music files lost while using iTunes, plans update with more safeguards next week  —  Serenity Caldwell has been writing and talking about and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click.  Managing editor of iMore …
Pradeep / MSPoweruser:
Microsoft adding fingerprint support to Windows 10 Mobile this summer  —  Biometrics is an increasingly popular technology that provides convenient access to systems, services, and resources.  Microsoft Windows added Biometrics support back in 2012.  The Windows Biometric Framework (WBF) …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Samsung's $45 Charm fitness bracelet with color-coded LED alerts launches in South Korea, Italy, France, and Russia  —  Samsung has today officially launched its latest stab at the wearables market with the introduction of its new “Charm” activity band, available in a handful of markets.
Giuseppe Nelva / DualShockers:
Microsoft Discontinues Support for Project Spark; Online Services Going Down in August  —  Today Project Spark Community Manager Thomas Gratz announced on the game/creativity platform's official forums that support for the game is officially being discontinued.
Julia Fioretti / Reuters:
Europe agrees on cross-EU roaming access for Netflix and other video subscription services  —  Consumers will be able to access their online subscriptions for services like Netflix (NFLX.O), Sky (SKYB.L) and Canal+ (IPO-CANALFRA.PA) when they travel across the European Union under proposals tentatively agreed …

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