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May 20, 2016, 1:50 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Verizon and others are expected to bid $2B to $3B for Yahoo's core business, less than $4B to $8B figure reported earlier  —  Most of previous bids for core business came in the range of $4 billion and $8 billion; bids are due first week of June  —  Verizon Communications Inc …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Samsung and Alibaba announce that Samsung Pay will work with Alipay  —  South Korean smartphone giant is desperate to revive its position in the Chinese market  —  Samsung Electronics Co. agreed with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s financial-services affiliate to cooperate on mobile payments …
Edgar Alvarez / Engadget:
Rhapsody's free VR app for iOS and Android offers access to 360-degree videos from music concerts  —  The tech world is obsessed with virtual reality.  It should come as no surprise, then, that music-streaming service Rhapsody wants a piece of it as well.  The company took a step forward today …
James Vincent / The Verge:
The FAA has been testing the FBI's drone detection system at JFK airport  —  The Federal Aviation Authority is still looking for the best way to take down rogue drones.  The agency may have introduced new registration rules for quadcopters (signing up nearly 200,000 earlier this year) …
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.
David Wertime / Foreign Policy:
Study: 488M, or 1 of every 178 posts, on China's social media each year come from pro-government propagandists  —  New research exposes a “massive secretive operation” to fill China's internet with propaganda.  —  They are the most hated group in Chinese cyberspace.

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