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May 19, 2016, 2:10 PM

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Aaron Aupperlee / Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Uber officially confirms testing self-driving Ford Fusion cars in Pittsburgh  —  Uber is testing its fleet of self-driving Ford Fusion cars on the streets, bridges and hills of Pittsburgh, the ride-sharing company confirmed for the first time Wednesday.  —  The San Francisco-based firm …
Apple:
Apple opens office in Hyderabad, India to develop maps for Apple products, will create up to 4,000 jobs  —  Apple® today announced the opening of a new office in Hyderabad that will focus on development of Maps for Apple products, including iPhone®, iPad®, Mac® and Apple Watch®.
Jacob Long / Android Police:
Google unveils Family Library for Google Play purchases, will allow apps to be shared among six people, likely beginning July 2  —  We knew it was coming eventually, but just before the Google I/O keynote began, Google updated its developer documentation with more details about Family Library.
Lawrence Abrams / Bleeping Computer:
TeslaCrypt ransomware shuts down, developers release master decryption key so victims can recover their files for free  —  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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Google will ban payday-loan ads while Alphabet's venture capital arm GV invests in online payday lender LendUp  —  Lendup specializes in short-term, small-dollar loans with annual percentage rates generally in the triple digits  —  Google announced this month it would ban payday-loan ads.
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Zuckerberg meets conservatives, calls to rebuild trust after Trending Topics bias claims  —  Facebook is courting conservative friends through a Wednesday afternoon meeting with CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  —  The unusual session with about a dozen prominent conservative commentators and leaders …
Tim Cushing / Techdirt:
Federal Judge Says Internet Archive's Wayback Machine A Perfectly Legitimate Source Of Evidence  —  Those of us who dwell on the internet already know the Internet Archive's “Wayback Machine” is a useful source of evidence.  For one, it showed that the bogus non-disparagement clause KlearGear used …
Norm Jouppi / Google Cloud Platform Blog:
Google announces it has built a Tensor Processing Unit, a custom chip 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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google turns Firebase into a unified platform for developers, with analytics, new notification system, and more; a free plan is now available  —  Google offers a plethora of cloud services that mobile developers can use to power their apps.  With Firebase, which it acquired in 2014 …
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.
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