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May 20, 2016, 5:05 AM

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Ina Fried / Recode:
Google will compete with its partners and sell its own Daydream virtual reality headsets  —  Think Nexus, but for VR.  —  While focusing yesterday on its new virtual reality headset as a design that will be licensed to partners, Google also plans to sell a version of Daydream itself.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Unreal Engine adds full Google Daydream VR support, native Unity support coming this summer  —  VR developers looking to get started on readying content for Google's new Daydream VR platform can get started today thanks to an Unreal Engine preview version (4.1.2) that adds support for the Google platform.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
IDC analyst says Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time in the US in the latest quarter  —  Google's low-cost Chromebooks outsold Apple's range of Macs for the first time in the US recently.  While IDC doesn't typically break out Windows vs. Chromebook sales, IDC analyst Linn Huang confirmed the milestone to The Verge.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Developers can test Android apps on select Chrome OS devices starting in June, wide release planned for September  —  Google is finally bringing the Google Play store, including its more than 1.5 million Android apps, to Chrome OS.  Google Play will first arrive with Chrome OS version 53 …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Apple's new SF flagship store introduces suite of changes that will come to future flagship stores including remodelling of “Genius Bar” as “Genius Grove”  —  In downtown San Francisco, situated across the street from the city's iconic Union Square Park …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Alphabet CEO Larry Page defended Android's use of Java APIs on the stand, saying they were “free and open”  —  “It was established industry practice,” says Page, as Oracle v. Google nears end.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Alphabet CEO Larry Page testified in federal court this morning …
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:
Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz argues Google split the Java community in two, cost Oracle hundreds of millions of dollars  —  Oracle and Google are back in the courtroom again — the same court they started in back in 2010, when Oracle first sued Google over the company's use of 37 Java APIs in its Android operating system.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Now you can embed Reddit posts on other websites  —  Reddit posts are going to get the chance to live beyond Reddit itself, thanks to new embedding capabilities.  —  If you're an online writer or publisher, that means you can start including live Reddit content in your stories.

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