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May 19, 2016, 1:00 AM

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Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Android apps and the Google Play Store are coming to Chrome OS  —  It looks like there's a little tidbit of information that might have been originally planned for the keynote (pulled because of time restraints, maybe?).  According to a session description now on the Google I/O website …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google announces Allo, a messaging app with smart replies to image and text messages, Google Assistant, Incognito mode, available this summer for iOS, Android  —  Google is announcing a new messaging app today.  It's called Allo and its main feature is a Google assistant that's built right in.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google unveils Android Instant Apps that launch immediately, no installation required, also works on some older versions of Android  —  Google today unveiled Android Instant Apps, a new project the company is experimenting with that offers users a subset of an existing app.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google announces Duo, a one-on-one HD video-calling app, coming to iOS and Android later this summer  —  Some have criticised Google for falling behind when it comes to social networking and new communications services, but the company is how working hard to catch up.
Norm Jouppi / Google Cloud Platform Blog:
Google announces it has built a Tensor Processing Unit, a custom ASIC specifically for machine learning and tailored for TensorFlow  —  Posted by Norm Jouppi, Distinguished Hardware Engineer, Google  —  Machine learning provides the underlying oomph to many of Google's most-loved applications.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google announces Google Home, an always-listening small speaker to compete with Amazon Echo, coming out later this year, price unknown  —  For the past year and a half, the tech world has been recovering from Amazon's surprise announcement of the Echo.  Now, Google is finally doing what everybody wanted it to do: release a competitor.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Google unveils Google Assistant, a conversational virtual assistant that's a big upgrade to Google Now  —  Google today said it was unveiling a virtual assistant tool at its annual Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View called Google Assistant.  —  This appears to be similar …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
CNET:
Interview with Sundar Pichai on Google's new Assistant, messaging apps, more and the company's vision for AI  —  Sundar Pichai, who takes the I/O stage for the first time since becoming CEO in October, says he's on a “journey” from mobile to AI.  Good thing he has an assistant.
Michael Crider / Android Police:
Xiaomi announces the Mi Box, a 4K Android TV set-top box with Bluetooth voice remote, coming to US soon  —  You might have noticed that there aren't a lot of Android TV boxes around.  Aside from the original Nexus Player, the much-recommended NVIDIA SHIELD, and the generally regrettable Razer Forge TV …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Daydream is Google's VR platform, for new Android N phones only, which offers Android VR Mode, a full ecosystem that optimizes phone performance for VR  —  Following months of speculation, Google is diving deeper into virtual reality.  Today at its I/O keynote, the company announced Daydream …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
117M LinkedIn user emails and passwords from 2012 hack offered for sale on dark web marketplace; LinkedIn is contacting affected users  —  A LinkedIn hack from back in 2012 is still causing problems for its users.  The company announced this morning that another data set from the hack …
Lawrence Abrams / Bleeping Computer:
TeslaCrypt ransomware shuts down, releases master decryption key for victims  —  In surprising end to TeslaCrypt, the developers shut down their ransomware and released the master decryption key.  Over the past few weeks, an analyst for ESET had noticed that the developers of TeslaCrypt …

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