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May 18, 2016, 10:25 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft selling feature phone business assets to Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile for $350M, to transfer 4.5K employees  —  Microsoft is selling its feature phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn, for $350 million.  The deal will see 4,500 employees transfer over to Foxconn's subsidiary …
Nokia Corporation:
Nokia licenses brand and IP to new company HMD Global to sell Android phones and tablets made by Foxconn's FIH Mobile  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia has announced plans that will see the Nokia brand return to the mobile phone and tablet markets on a global basis.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Sources: Google Home, Google's voice-activated Amazon Echo competitor, will be unveiled at I/O and ship this fall  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google will introduce its much-anticipated entry into the voice-activated home device market on Wednesday, according to people who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Report: Google introducing software tools at I/O to help developers build chat bots that run in messaging apps, in strategy similar to Microsoft's  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google is creating tools for software developers to build chat bots that run inside messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger …
Apple:
Apple announces new iOS app design and development accelerator in Bengaluru, to open in early 2017  —  First-of-its-kind Center to Support Developers Creating Innovative Mobile Apps in India  —  Apple® today announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India's iOS developer community.
Lance Whitney / CNET:
T-Mobile adds NBC, Spotify, Google Play Music, Tidal, other streaming services to Binge On  —  Customers of T-Mobile can now stream more than 80 video services without chewing up their cellular data.  —  by , Lance Whitney  —  T-Mobile is bent on retaining subscribers and winning …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Uber debuts Trip Tracker so you can view a family member's ride in real-time  —  Uber today announced a new tool that will allow family members and other loved ones to track each others' trips using its service.  Called simply “Trip Tracker,” the addition is a feature connected to Uber's Family Profiles …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sources: iTunes 12.4, released on Monday, addresses widely reported music deletion issue  —  Apple rolled out a new version of iTunes this week which introduced an updated design, including modified navigation and the return of the left sidebar.  However, under the hood …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
IBM researchers find a way to store 3 bits in a phase-change memory cell, paving the way for memory technology with DRAM-like speed and a cost closer to flash  —  Flash storage is too slow for your device's main memory, but RAM is expensive and volatile.  Thanks to a breakthrough from IBM …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon's Lab126 hardware unit is working on an Alexa-powered device featuring a tablet-like computer screen, known internally as “Knight”  —  The retailer is pushing to incorporate its robotic voice assistant in daily tasks like opening garage doors
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Android Pay Debuts in the UK, no need to unlock device when you tap for sales under £30  —  Ahead of Google's annualI/O event kicking off later today in Mountain View, the company is unveiling its latest developments for Android Pay.  The mobile wallet for Android-powered smartphones …

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